Best Children’s Afternoon Teas in London

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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

 

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Bluebird Chelsea Afternoon Tea

Tiny Tea at Bluebird Chelsea

The kids are in for a treat this summer at Bluebird Chelsea, where they can tuck into its famous Tiny Tea. Designed for the little ones, the menu offers a dining experience that keeps their favourite sweet treat and savoury snacks in mind at all times. Highlights include a selection of cheese, ham, and cucumber sandwiches, mini scones with jam, and a Malteser milkshake topped with whipped cream and popping candy. Adults won’t need to feel left out of the fun either, as they can treat themselves to a ‘grown-up’ afternoon tea that comes with a glass of Nyetimber. Served Thursday to Sunday, 3pm – 4:30pm, for kids aged 3 to 10 years old, £12pp. bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Peter Pan Afternoon Tea The Shard

Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at aqua shard

Transport yourself to Neverland via aqua shard’s new afternoon tea, inspired by J.M Barrie’s legendary novel. Think Tinker Bell-shaped cookies and crocodile jellies served on a pirate ship-inspired tea stand, alongside Fairy Dust cocktails – all enjoyed alongside panoramic city views. Served Thursday – Sunday from 12.15 – 4.15pm, from £52pp. A children’s version will also be served. aquashard.co.uk

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

As children’s afternoon teas go, this one is sure to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. 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 splendid savouries (think salmon and beetroot macron and Spinach roly-poly); scrumptious sweets (look out for the blue as blueberry chocolate tart and scones with snozzberry jam and all the creams); and fizzy-lifting drinks (including the swudge chocolate milkshake mixed by waterfall and Strawberry Juice Water Pistol Punch). These fantastical newbies will join long-standing favourites including apple and sage sausage rolls and chocolate financiers. Augustus Gloop, eat your heart out. £52 per adult and £42 per child (under 12). onealdwych.com

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Fortnum & Mason Children's Afternoon Tea

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

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

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

Chesterfield Mayfair Sweet Afternoon Tea

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.

The Sanderson

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

Children’s afternoon teas don’t much more whimsical than this. 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 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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BBlythe Afternoon Tea

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

Milestone Afternoon Tea

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. £52 for two children under 12 years of age. milestone.com

Cutter & Squidge Potion Room Afternoon Tea

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

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