London’s Best Christmas Afternoon Teas

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than with some tea and cake? Many of London’s finest restaurants have given their afternoon teas a festive shake-up, with seasonal sandwiches, mince pies and mulled wine being thrown into the mix. So toast your teacups and enjoy some post-lockdown festive feasting at one of the city’s best Christmas afternoon teas.

Best Christmas Afternoon Teas in London

The Nest in Treehouse

Treehouse Hotel Afternoon Tea

Your sandwiches and cakes will taste all the better when enjoying alongside panoramic city views from rooftop restaurant The Nest in Treehouse, found within trendy hotel Treehouse London. On the menu: roast turkey sandwiches, mini cheese toasties with tomato jam and a smoked salmon quiche, followed by mini mince pies, Christmas fruit cake and vanilla madeleines. Pair with a tea from Teapigs or a glass of Moet. £29.50pp, £40pp with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne or £38pp with a cocktail. Orders need to be made 48 hours in advance.

Strand Palace

Strand Palace

The festive afternoon tea at Strand Palace is served in the opulent art deco dining room at Haxells. Begin with savoury dishes like smoked salmon and charcoal cone, and blue stilton and spinach quiche, alongside classic festive sandwiches such as roast honey ham and cranberry brioche. Next up: sweet treats – highlights include ‘Snow White Lemon Meringue Tart’ and ‘Snowflake & Raspberry Almond Financier’. It’s all served in a hand-crafted Strand Palace Christmas tree too – a nice touch. £30pp or £40pp with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut.

JW Marriott Grosvenor House

Grosvenor House Festive Afternoon Tea

With beautiful views overlooking a wintery Hyde Park, a selection of artfully-crafted festive sweets and glasses of crisp champagne, The Park Room’s festive afternoon tea is the perfect afternoon delicacy. Guests are introduced to a tantalising menu with Christmas highlights including roast Aberdeen Angus beef with horseradish sauce, milk chocolate and spiced gingerbread tart laced with silver and gold leaf and a glass of Lanson Le Black Réserve champagne. £55.50 per person, £65 with champagne.

The Savoy

The Savoy Festive Afternoon Tea

Indulge in a sumptuous festive afternoon tea at The Savoy with savoury culinary treats including smoked venison loin, chestnut and blackcurrant finger sandwiches and hand-dived scallops. For those with a sweet tooth, all chocolate on the afternoon tea menu has been chosen with the expertise of chocolate-connoisseur Cacao Barry. Pair with their selection of 30 Jing teas or treat yourself to a glass of Louis Roederer champagne while soaking up the elegant surroundings of Thames Foyer. £80 per person, £90 with Louis Roederer Brut Premier.

The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough Festive Afternoon Tea

With its spectacular Christmas tree and roaring fireplaces, The Lanesborough is the perfect setting for festive feasting. The Peggy Porschen Festive Afternoon Tea is served under the naturally illuminated domed glass roof of its restaurant, Céleste, with dishes featuring the pink Peggy Porschen aesthetic. Finger sandwich fillings include turkey and stuffing, honey roast pumpkin, and roast beef and horseradish, to be enjoyed alongside scones, clotted cream and jam. But the most exciting part here has to be the sweet treats: Peggy’s trademark lemon, raspberry and rose slice makes an appearance, alongside gingerbread cupcakes and a Christmas pavlova. £75pp including a glass of champagne.

Adam Handling Chelsea

Belmond Cadogan Afternoon Tea

Who said rosé was just a summer drink? Not Adam Handling Chelsea, who is celebrating the UK’s first shipment of Prosecco Doc Rosé from leading winemaker Villa Sandi with a special pink afternoon tea. Chris Underwood and his team have created a whole host of rose-tinted festive treats for the occasion, such as smoked salmon with cream cheese, red onion and stilton tartlets, and a vegetarian stuffing sandwich with cranberry. Sweet specialities, meanwhile, include a pink parcel with blackcurrant mousse, plus a Christmas bauble with passionfruit curd. £55pp with a glass of Villa Sandi Prosecco DOC Rosé.,uk

Corinthia Hotel

The Corinthia Afternoon Tea

With its Baccarat crystal chandelier, piano melodies and Richard Brendon hand-painted china, you’ll struggle to find a prettier afternoon tea setting than The Corinthia Hotel. Cakes are appetisingly presented on a trolley which is wheeled from table to table, with festive highlights including chestnut and cassis tartlets, mango, coconut and lime log, plus dark chocolate and praline baubles – washed down with a glass of Laurent Perrier. £60pp per person, £70pp with champagne.

The Goring

The Goring Christmas Afternoon Tea

Served since 1910, afternoon tea at The Goring is classic in style, reflecting the iconic hotel’s dedication to tradition. Its festive edition is no exception, offering a selection of seasonally inspired finger sandwiches and sweet treats, including a classic yule log, a mince pie, and a ‘Snowman Dome’ comprised of a bergamot curd tart topped with meringue. Why mess with perfection? As the only hotel to hold a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen for hospitality services, you can be absolutely certain that everything upon your visit will be impeccable. £80pp.

Hotel Café Royal

Hotel Cafe Royale

Transport yourself to the world of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol while feasting on festive treats at Hotel Café Royal. Gerald Dickens – the Great Great grandson of Charles Dickens himself – will be performing a one-man performance of the classic tale, bringing over 30 characters to life as you dine on finger sandwiches and sip on champagne. £95pp, 17, 21, 22 and 23 December.

Taj 51 Buckingham

Taj 51 Buckingham Afternoon Tea

The Christmas afternoon tea experience at Taj 51 takes place in its stylish restaurant Kona. Expect all the festive flavours here: begin with savoury dishes such as roast beef roulade and smoked salmon and horseradish sandwiches, before getting stuck into the sweet stuff. There’s a chocolate gateaux topped with twinkling snowflakes, a marron glace dome snowman, and of course a creamy yule log – made all the better with a Bailey’s twist. £55pp, available from 2 – 25 December.

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason Christmas Afternoon Tea

Planning a post-lockdown Christmas shopping trip? Round off your day with afternoon tea at Fortnum’s Piccadilly, served in its world-famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Menu highlights include cheddar truckle scones with truffle mustard butter, plus venison and apricot sausage rolls, followed by red velvet parcels and festive scones. Naturally, the tea is top notch too. Bookings from 3 December.

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The Ritz

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

Gorge on pastries at The Ritz’ Palm Court, which transforms into an Edwardian winter wonderland for the jolly season. Choose from a big selection of fine teas specially selected by the Ritz Tea Master – the ‘Ritz Christmas Spice’ featuring orange peel, juicy apple and Christmas spices gets our vote. Indulge in mince pies and freshly baked feather-light pastries as you admire the huge Christmas tree. You’ll leave feeing warm and fuzzy (and full). £80 per adult, £50 per child (up t0 15 years old).

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