Looking for a change to your normal Christmas schedule? Take a peek at our recommended list of festive afternoon teas in London. We've discovered a number of classic venues in the capital putting on a special festive feast for the more discerning London tea drinker, so take your pick from our selection of festive afternoon teas in London and treat yourself or a friend to a luxurious and quintessentially British experience this Christmas.
More Festive Afternoon Teas in London
The Lanesborough is a five star luxury hotel in London offering country house elegance in the vibrant city centre.
The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7TA
Indulge in our award-winning afternoon tea which takes a festive twist until 30 December 2018. This year, we recreate Christmas classics in the form of delicate pastries. Served in the spectacular setting of Céleste, you will enjoy your tea accompanied with piano music playing familiar festive classics.
On the 8 and 9 of December our Festive Afternoon Tea service will be accompanied by live carols between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
(020) 7259 5599
35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5EB
(020) 7491 2622
This season The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel will be welcoming guests to celebrate the time of sparkling lights and festive delights with Afternoon Tea inspired by the magic of Christmas.
Begin with a warming shot of mulled wine before choosing one of the hotel's 18 loose leaf teas which will include a special Chesterfield Christmas blend full of aromatic spices.
Claridge's is one of the most iconic 5 star hotels in London. Guests can experience a world of design and flawless service at this luxury hotel in Mayfair.
Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR
Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea is served until the 1st January with highlights including sandwiches, a glass of Champagne, freshly-baked scones with Marco Polo Noël jelly and Cornish clotted cream and a selection of Christmas themed pastries.
(020) 7629 8860
St Martins Lane, 45 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX
(020) 7300 5500
The Den at St Martin's Lane is a classically British oak-panelled lounge area located within the St Martins Lane Hotel.
For those wishing to take shelter this Christmas, Mr & Mrs Beaver are opening the doors to their cosy lodge to offer you a Narnia-themed afternoon tea.
Feast upon Aslan’s Chocolate and Caramel Bonbon and the Ice Queen’s Crown Coffee Tart, to name but a few, whilst indulging in unlimited Hotel Chocolat hot chocolate, for the perfect festive afternoon. For those looking to take things up a notch, treat yourself to a glass of Champagne or one of our signature Gin & Tonics.
At St Martins Lane, even the surliest of scrooges will find themselves getting into the festive spirit once they’ve tried this Narnia Afternoon Tea. Priced from £29.50 per person, available from 26 November 2018 – 4 January 2019.
The Egerton House Hotel, 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London, SW3 2BX
(020) 7589 2412
Part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, The Egerton House Hotel is a luxury five star property situated in the exclusive Knightsbridge area of London. With 28 beautiful rooms and a warm and inviting lounge and bar, expect immaculate attention to detail and impeccable service at every turn.
For the Christmas period guests can enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea in the hotel's elegant Drawing Room. Make your choice from the finest leaf teas with homemade cakes including Christmas cake and Christmas Stollen, gingerbread man, mince pies, chocolate brownie with cranberry icing and orange macaroon.
Rubens at The Palace Hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0PS
(020) 7834 6600
Get into the spirit of the season with an indulgent Festive Afternoon Tea overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Served with unlimited mulled wine, this festive Afternoon Tea features seasonal sandwiches with roast turkey and cranberry mayonnaise, and sweet treats such as egg-nog profiteroles and mince pies. Add some sparkle with a Royale cocktail, or treat a child to a special Prince and Princess Festive Afternoon Tea.
The elegant and sophisticated Palm Court restaurant is located in the heart of The Langham London hotel. Here you can enjoy afternoon tea which has been served in the hotel since 1865, or unwind with a meal or a drink after a long day.
The Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA
Serving afternoon tea to the cream of London since 1865, the dazzling Palm Court delights guests with a bespoke festive version of the afternoon tea tradition.
(020) 7636 1000
The Ritz London is an iconic hotel offering guests luxurious accommodation, drinking and dining from its Piccadilly location.
150 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR
During the Christmas season, traditional Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court at The Ritz will be given a festive twist. You can enjoy with your family and friends, servings of delicate finger sandwiches, delicious pastries, mouth-watering cakes and freshly made scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve whilst listening to the glorious sounds of The Ritz choir singing well-known carols.
(020) 7493 8181
50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
(020) 7300 1400
The Sanderson is a 1950s building that has been transformed into a quirky and unique hotel in the West End.
Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, and what better way to do so than with a spot of Tipsy Evening Tea. Ring in the festive season with a flight of three winter warmer cocktails – they’re so good that even the surliest of scrooges will find themselves getting into the festive spirit.
Our sweet treats have also been revamped and refreshed, making way for the utterly irresistible Mini Christmas Pudding and mouth-watering Mad Hatters Christmas Tree Meringue, amongst many other tasty additions to tempt your sweet and savoury tooth.
In this wonderland for grown-ups, even Alice might be out of her depth. Priced from £68 per person, available 26 November - 24 December and from 2 - 6 January 2019.