Treat your little ones to a special outing at one of London’s finest (and ‘funnest’) venues for afternoon tea. Whether its science or 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
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
Enter a world of pure imagination at One Aldwych’s new afternoon tea, inspired by Roald Dahl’s iconic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The menu is like something from Willy Wonka’s dreamland, with luscious lemon floss, red velvet pops, cheddar scones with bacon toffee jam, and violet-hued cheesecake sandwiches all available alongside minty chocolate milk, show-stopping cakes and mouth-watering macarons (though be warned, the salmon and beetroot flavour is not quite as it seems…).These fantastical newbies will join long-standing favourites including apple and sage sausage rolls and chocolate financiers. Augustus Gloop, eat your heart out. £45 per adult and £35 per child (under 12). onealdwych.com
Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books at The Langham
If stylish afternoon teas feel daunting with a little one in tow, get down to The Langham for their brilliant Children’s Afternoon Tea, for which they have partnered with Daunt Books. Young guests will be able to select their own new book from a specially curated library to enjoy while they tuck into a child-friendly menu of treats. There are puzzle-shaped sandwiches and a build-your-own dessert of delicious cakes that can be built into a dog before eating, so your mini-me will be suitably entertained allowing you to enjoy your own (delectable) tea in peace. This calls for a glass of champagne to accompany your tea; parenting has never been so enjoyable. In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon. Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books is available every day from 12 noon until 5.30pm and costs £29.50 per child, while adult afternoon tea costs £62 per person. langhamhotels.co.uk; 020 7636 1000.
Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly
A hotel renowned for its creative family offerings, Le Méridien Piccadilly offer a children’s afternoon tea inspired by everyone’s favourite woodland tale, Peter Rabbit. Children and adults alike can enjoy seeing their favourite childhood story come to life through food, with a selection of sweet and savoury Beatrix Potter-inspired treats to delve into. Begin with Mr McGregor’s garden: vegetables from Peter’s garden scramble cooked up inside a mini baguette, and Caught In A Twist: a sun-dried tomato pinwheel. Next up is the sweet stuff, which includes a chamomile mousse inside an edible chocolate pot, a strawberry ganache and Every Bunny’s Favourite, a carrot cake. This Christmas they’re also offering a festive edition, with seasonal additions like turkey sandwiches and Peter’s Snowman, a white chocolate shell filled with passion fruit atop a coconut macaron. £35 for adults, £25 for children. Available Monday-Sunday 12.30-5pm; terraceonpicadilly.com
Children’s Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
Since they started serving tea back in 1926, Fortnum & Mason have become iconic in the afternoon tea sphere. Little ones will love their child-friendly version, served in the pretty Diamond Jubilee Salon in their Piccadilly flagship store. On the menu they’ll find a selection of plain and fruit scones, and cakes including a pink meringue, mini dark chocolate cake and Jammy Dodger biscuit. Book by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7734 8040. fortnumandmason.com
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 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. 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.
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
Children’s Art Afternoon Tea at The Rosewood
Perfect for budding artists, the Rosewood London have re-imagined its acclaimed Art Afternoon Tea (currently showcasing Antony Gormley) for your little ones. The hotel’s new Mirror Room will be adding theatrical flair and an interactive element to this grown-up tradition; you can expect a silver tray of painter’s tool to arrive at the table along with a painter’s palette and paint tubes filled with jam and lemon meringue, as well as straws that look like paintbrushes. Children will be enthralled with this whimsical, kid-friendly take on the hotel’s iconic art afternoon tea. For children aged 4-11 for £35 per child, more information at rosewoodhotels.com
Betty Blythe Afternoon Tea
For a little extra dose of whimsy, Betty Blythe offers an afternoon tea party with a 1920s flair. Alongside the usual cupcakes, finger sandwiches and hot chocolate served from tea pots, children can delve into Betty’s dress up box and into a world of old school glamour and fascinators. Activity add-ons include jewellery making, biscuit decorating, painting, dance classes and even a chocolatier lesson. With a large selection to choose from, you’ll no doubt find the perfect activity for your little one. £195 for a party of 8 children. bettyblythe.co.uk
Little Prince and Princess Tea at The Milestone Hotel
Afternoon tea at the Milestone Hotel is a ritual fit for royalty, so bring along your little princes and princesses for a day of opulence. The traditional high tea menu is finely tuned to children’s tastes and includes a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream, fruit preserves, French pastries, chocolate ruffles and hot chocolate. To avoid tears, kids can even ask for one more of the treat they enjoyed the most. Once adequately high on sugar, bring the children to the nearby Princess Diana Memorial Playground for a little run around. £24 for two children under 12 years of age. milestone.com
The Potion Room’s Wizard-Themed Afternoon Tea
Harry Potter fans will love The Potion Room’s immersive wizard-themed afternoon tea, which takes place in the underground of Soho’s all-natural bakery Cutter & Squidge. Join a class of at the School of Wizarding Alchemy where you’ll learn how to cast spells and concoct edible potions before tucking into a selection of sweet and savoury treats, from knickerbocker bites to Yorkshire puddings filled with roast beef and horseradish to the bakery’s signature ‘biskie’ (a biscuit/cookie/cake all in one). Wash down with pumpkin juice or tea served in a mini cauldron. Prices start from £49.50 for adults, £39.50 for kids. cutterandsquidge.com
B Bakery Bus Afternoon Tea
Is there anything so deliciously British as afternoon tea? Perhaps only a red double decker, and B Bakery Bus tours combine the best of both. Children will delight in the novelty of sipping tea and nibbling finger sandwiches sitting top deck on a vintage London double decker bus, and can watch London life unfold beneath them, as a uniformed driver takes the bus around central London. The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Royal Albert Hall, and Downing Street are but a few of the designated sights. The perfect treat for a birthday or special occasion that kids and adults will love. Prices start from £45 for adults, £35 for kids. bbbakery.co.uk.