In the run up Christmas, treat your little ones to a special outing at one of London’s finest venues for afternoon tea. Whether its science-themed, literary-themed or just plain yummy, for an activity everyone in the family can enjoy, book one of London’s best children’s afternoon teas that will entertain, engage and fill up your little ones!
The Best Children’s Afternoon Teas in London
Kids’ Sci-Fi Tea at the Ampersand
Winner of the best themed afternoon tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards, The Drawing Rooms has expanded its offering to include a new kids’ Sci-Fi Tea in line with its science tea offering. This makes for the perfect pit stop after a morning exploring the neighbouring Natural History and Science Museums. Served on brightly coloured rocket stands, the kids’ Sci-Fi Tea offers a special selection of children’s favourites, including mini hot dogs, rocket cheese straws and brioche and jam sandwiches. There are even experimental build-your-own science puddings to top everything off. The menu is available 12:30-9pm, Monday – Saturday and 12:30-6pm on Sundays for £29.50 per person. www.ampersandhotel.com.
The Tiger Who Came To Afternoon Tea at The Savoy
One not to miss – The Savoy’s very first children’s afternoon tea is sure to be spectacular. As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Judith Kerr’s treasured classic, the iconic picture book will be the inspiration for a feast of teatime treats such as those that Sophie and her mummy shared with the visiting Tiger. The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy will be priced from £40 per child aged from five to 12 years old and will comprise sandwiches, tiger striped scones and pastries and more. fairmont.com/savoy-london
The Chesterfield Mayfair
If you’re looking for a child-friendly afternoon tea option in London, look no further than the Chesterfield Mayfair’s The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea. With pastries and cakes the flavour of retro sweetshop favourites, delicious chocolate-chip scones and a host of savoury treats, it’s a must-try for both adults and children with a sweet tooth. Highlights include the Coca-Cola slice, the enormous peanut-butter cup and the fizzy apple mousse. And of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the retro sweet cart manned by the in-house Candyman who will help young guests fill a bag with old-school penny sweets and pick-and-mix favourites. Younger guests can enjoy the afternoon tea served alongside a milkshake or tea, priced at £21.50. Adults can opt to add a glass of something sparkling with the Champagne Tea (£47 per person), including a glass of brut, rosé or white label Lanson Champagne. For £40 per person The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea is served with loose leaf or flowering tea, coffee or hot chocolate. To book, email [email protected], visit chesterfieldmayfair.com or call the hotel on 0207 491 2622.
Tale as Old as Time at Town House at The Kensington
Themed afternoon teas have been sweeping the capital as of late, but Hotel Kensington’s Tale as Old as Time offering is particularly special. A slice of your childhood reinvented in the best way possible (including tea, cake, and of course, champagne), guests are greeted on arrival by Cogsworth and Lumière as a fairytale afternoon like no other awaits. From Cheese Soufflé to bite-sized Arancini, a plate of unique savoury options is served and sprinkled with rose petals to add to the magic. After choosing from their delectable tea menu, the (almost) too pretty to eat sweet treats are served – think Vanilla and Gold jelly with rose petals inside, a Chocolate Clock Tart with Cogsworth’s face on, and a Spiced Snow Ball Macaroon.
There are sandwiches galore as egg, salmon, chicken and cucumber bites take over the middle tier, as a glass of Perrier Jouët helps you along. A unique (and still delicious) alternative to scones, enjoy Belle’s favourite, Marie’s Sweet Brioche Baguettes with a mix of apricot preserve and a chocolate pot. For those who don’t fancy a cup of tea, unlimited hot chocolate, coffee, iced coffee or iced tea is available.
Beauty and The Beast fan or not, the whimsical Tale as Old as Time afternoon tea is certainly worth a visit. £42 per person or £54.50 with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne. townhousekensington.com
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson
Take a trip town the rabbit hole at The Sanderson’s Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea. With menus hidden inside vintage books and teapots adorned with kings and queens, guests will be immersed in the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland as they dine on a selection of sweet and savoury Alice-inspired treats. From the White Rabbit cucumber and cheese sandwich to the Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger, everything on the menu has been infused with a touch of Wonderland. Wash it all down with Alice’s Exotic Fruits “Drink Me” potion – or a glass of Laurent-Perrier for the adults in attendance. £48 per person and £35 per child. Visit morganshotelgroup.com
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