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Where to Take Afternoon Tea in London
The Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London
Afternoon tea is said to have been introduced in Britain in the 1840s by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. At a time when it was common to eat just two meals a day, (typically breakfast and dinner) the Duchess noticed that she would become hungry during the late afternoon. Thus, in order to satisfy her hunger, she started having an afternoon snack. Soon, this became part of her routine and she began inviting friends to join.
On a visit to London, one should not miss out on the experience that is afternoon tea. But, where to take afternoon tea in London, you ask? Well, here we help you find the best place for afternoon tea in London! And with so many wonderful options, there is sure to be one (or more!) that will fit your desires.
Afternoon Tea Locales in London
Where should you take tea?
The Orangery at Kensington Palace offers a more casual atmosphere while The Ritz is known for its ultra-opulence; and the English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel is where Queen Victoria used to take her tea. You may also opt for a contemporary tea experience at the Mirror Room of the Rosewood London hotel, or tea at Sketch where waitresses push beautiful tea trollies with selections of over 40 different types of tea. There is also a fashion-inspired afternoon tea at the Balthazar or you may choose to have tea with a view from the 35th floor at the Shangri-La. The Dandelyan Bar at the Mondrian is a good choice for tea and cocktails while children are treated with specialty foods and drink as well as a complimentary teddy bear at The Langham Hotel. And Claridge’s has been serving an unmistakably elegant afternoon tea for 150 years complete with pianist/cellist musical accoutrement.
You’ll want to keep in mind however, that even with all of these options, planning should begin early as some places book up months in advance! Many teas also have required dress-codes, so be sure to check on that as well. And if you’re looking for ideas for what to wear for afternoon tea, check out our post, What to Wear for Afternoon Tea!
Afternoon Tea in London
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