Towering trays of decedent finger sandwiches and pastries will leave you feeling like British royalty, but with so many options to choose from where do you start? We’re spilling the tea to our tribe on our favorite London hotspots where you are sure to enjoy a leisurely and luxurious afternoon.
The Pelham London – Starhotels Collezione
Enjoy traditional high tea with a twist inside The Pelham London, a stylish 5-star hotel in the heart of London’s sophisticated South Kensington neighborhood. Celebrate 60’s Mod with a dazzling fashion-forward menu inspired by the current Mary Quant exhibit in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The spot sits at the top of our list with their colorful treats and playful provisions all carefully created by the hotel’s Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo.
For an iconic sipping experience, afternoon tea at The Savoy is a must. Find yourself inside the Thames Foyer, the hotel’s gloriously lit glass dome, while enjoying peaceful piano playing and artfully crafted finger sandwiches and scones served alongside a beautiful selection of teas. Have special dietary restrictions? This British institution offers a range of options including vegetarian, vegan and children’s menus to ensure a delightful experience for all.
The Franklin London- Starhotels Collezione
Delight your senses with a gourmet spread like no other inspired by the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibit of the celebrated British fashion photographer and Vogue favorite, Tim Walker. Guests will be taken on a journey behind the lens with an offering of kaleidoscopic treats and teas inspired by the photog for a whimsical and unique high tea experience inside The Franklin’s intimate and posh dining room.
Ham Yard Hotel – Firmdale Hotels
For a classic and colorful London afternoon step inside SoHo’s Ham Yard Hotel, the vibrant hotel by award-winning interior designer Kit Kemp. With an “urban village feel,” this haute yet homey space offers a traditional high tea menu with a conscious flare boasting a menu with an array of healthier options that can meet all dietary requirements.
Inside Sketch London’s The Gallery, a unique high tea experience unfolds as soon as you are seated in one of plush pink chairs that adorn throughout. An unforgettable pretty pink dream, the dining room comes alive during afternoon tea and impresses with work from artist David Shrigley, which is only matched by the culinary creativity in the kitchen. The menu offers up a range of classic and contemporary dishes for an all-encompassing afternoon tea at this quirky institution. Tribe tip: be sure to take a peek inside the bathroom…it’s worth it.