The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Afternoon Teas in London 2018
(updated on July 4, 2018)
There is nothing more British than the Afternoon Tea. Anyone that spends a family vacation in London should at least experience this once.
Traditionally, afternoon tea is a light meal eaten between 4pm and 6pm. This custom was first introduced by the wealthy classes in England in the 1840’s but slowly spread to the middles classes at the end of the nineteenth century.
At that time, England’s working class needed something that would provide both energy for their demanding work and strength against afternoon doldrums. The caffeine and sugar of the tea was the perfect solution, which was sometimes accompanied by a snack or a sandwich.
For the more privileged people, the tea came with a wide variety of delicious snacks like scones, cakes, pastries and cucumber sandwiches.
Today, afternoon tea is often served in hotels or tea shops, and some areas have made it their trademark.
Treat yourself and your children to a delicious and magical and oh so British culinary experience. Here are the 9 best kid-friendly afternoon teas in London.
The Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea @ The Sanderson Hotel
The Sanderson hotel is a luxury hotel located in the heart of London. Its modern interior was designed by world renowned French decorator Philippe Starck.
It is in this modern setting that a very special Afternoon Tea is served: the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea. Based on the novel Alice in Wonderland, you and your children will have a wonderful time here. With pastries and other delicious treats coming straight from Lewis Carroll’s fantasy world of Wonderland, this is truly one afternoon tea you will not want your children to miss!
There are different menus, and you will have a choice of teas, salty or sweet scones and much more for a very reasonable price.
- Website: The mad hatter afternoon tea
- Address: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
- Tube station: Central line – Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road
- Reservations: 0207 300 5588
- Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday – 12:30pm to 4pm, Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
- Price indication: from £48 without champagne, and from £58 with champagne.
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Charlie and the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea @ The Chesterfield Hotel
If you and your children loved Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then this is an afternoon tea you will want to go to! The luxury Chesterfield Hotel has created the fantastic and magical Charlie and the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea, where your whole family will be immersed in Willy Wonka’s crazy world. You will even find the famous Wonka chocolate bar as well as the golden ticket!
The Oompa Loompa Afternoon tea is for the children. It includes peanut butter and jam, pastries and a choice of a milkshake or tea! And to top it off, Willy Wonka himself always makes an appearance. Now this will truly entertain the children!
- Website: Charlie and the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea
- Address: 35 Charles St, London W1J 5EB
- Tube station: Jubilee, Piccadilly & Victoria lines – Green Park Station
- Reservations: +44 (0) 20 7491 2622 or email@example.com
- Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 6:30pm daily
- Price indication: Afternoon Tea from £38.50 per person, Oompa Loompa Tea from £19.50 per child under 12 years.
The Berkeley London Designer Afternoon Tea @ The Berkeley Hotel
Are you a fashionista? If so, then why not try out Prêt-à-Portea! Yes, you read that right: we are not talking about fashionable clothes. We’re really talking about mouth-watering edible miniature bags, coats, shoes and much more! You’ll find Dolce & Gabbana’s popular pink rose dress, Fendi’s chocolate biscuit coat with red and brown icing details, Moschino’s nu-rave dress and even Valentino’s Victoria sponge shoulder bag!
Clearly, this afternoon tea is inspired by the world of fashion, and the menu is changed every 6 months to follow the changing season in fashion!
- Website: The Berkeley London Designer Afternoon Tea
- Address: Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL
- Tube station: Piccadilly line – Hyde Park Corder
- Reservations: through the Berkeley Hotel webpage
- Opening Hours: 1.45pm – 5.30pm Monday-Thursday / 1pm – 5.30pm Friday – Sunday
- Price indication: from £52without champagne, and from £62 with champagne.
Grover’s Children Tea @ The Grosvenor House
For a refined yet still kid-friendly experience, head to the Park Room at the Grosvenor House, a hotel in Mayfair, which offers a special tea menu for kids—the Grover’s Children’s Tea. Delicious mini sandwiches and delightful pastries are on the menu, as well as a Grover stuffed toy for the kids to take home. It’s no wonder why the Park Room won an Afternoon Tea award in 2016 for Best Family Afternoon Tea! The Park Room also offers Anna’s Afternoon Tea, a traditional teatime for adults
- Website: http://www.parkroom.co.uk/menus/afternoon-tea/
- Address: Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7TN
- Tube station: Marble Arch
- Reservations: http://www.parkroom.co.uk/make-a-reservation/
- Hours: Afternoon tea served from 12:30 to 6pm, 7 days a week
- Price indication: £15 per child for Grover’s Children’s Tea, £42.50 per adult for Anna’s Afternoon Tea (52.50 with a glass of Ruinart Brut Champagne, 54.50 with a glass of Ruinart Rose Champagne)
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Mini Gardener Afternoon Tea @ St. Ermin’s Hotel
St. Ermin’s Hotel always has a great afternoon tea in store for children. After having proposed the wonderful and delicious “NineTea” in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday earlier in 2016, and the the Buzzy Bea Afternoon Tea (and the Honey Afternoon Tea for adults), kids will now be able to enjoy the Mini Gardener Afternoon tea. Inspired by the hotel’s rooftop kitchen garden, your little gardeners will enjoy treats such as apple mousse, chocolate and caramel pot, mango jelly and coconut panna cotta, and delicious scones with jam. And to encourage them to “stay green”, they will each receive a special tomato growing pack.
The St. Ermin’s Afternoon Teas (which can also be gluten free) have even greater culinary surprises for adults!
- Website: Mini Gardener Afternoon Tea
- Address: 2 Caxton St, London SW1H 0QW
- Tube station: Circle and District lines – St. James’s Park
- Reservations: +44(0)207 227 7777 or through the St. Ermin’s website.
- Opening Hours: weekends and school holidays between 12 noon and 6pm. The adult’s Afternoon tea is served daily.
- Price indication: £15 per child under 11 years, 35£ for adults
B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour on a Double Decker bus
Now this is one of the most original Afternoon Tea’s in London. Forget about trendy or authentic hotel venues. This afternoon tea takes place on board an iconic red London double decker bus. This vintage bus (from the outside, because the inside is specially designed for a comfortable meal) will take you for a spin around Central London: you’ll get to see some of the city’s famous landmarks while enjoying a fabulous afternoon tea.
No live or recorded guide comments during this ride. It’s all about the pleasure of eating and drinking on special bus for 1,5 hours (depending on traffic).
- Website: B Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
- Address: Pick up at 12:30pm and 3pm from 8 Northumberland Avenue
- Pick up at 12pm, 2:30pm and 5pm from Victoria Coach Station
- Reservations: book online on the bbbakery bus website. https://pay-here.co.uk/BBbakeryBus/
- Opening Hours: daily departures at 12pm, 12:30pm; 2:30pm, 3pm and 5pm.
- Price indication: £45 for adults and £35 for children under 11 years
Afternoon Tea Adventure @ One Aldwych
Ronald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has also inspired One Aldwych’s afternoon tea, which lead to it winning the “Best Afternoon Tea in London” award in 2017. Here, you and your children will be able to savor savory delights such as candy floss, golden chocolate eggs brimming with a mango cheesecake filling and blueberry cake pops. These scrumdiddlyumptious treats come with mouthwatering sandwiches and scones. Here, every item reflects the magic and fun of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
- Website: https://www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/afternoon-tea
- Address: 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ, UK
- Tube station: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) or Temple (Circle and District Lines)
- Reservations: tel (020 7300 0400) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hours: 1:00pm to 5:00pm, 7 days a week
- Price indication: £35 for children under 12 only), Traditional afternoon tea £45
Tea-Tox Healthy Afternoon Tea @ Brown’s Hotel
Are you looking for a healthy afternoon tea for you and your family? If so, then head out to the Brown’s Hotel and indulge yourself with the Tea-Tox Healthy Afternoon Tea.
Although this afternoon tea is not specifically designed for young children, it is a great place to have a sip of tea and a bite of cake with your whole family in London.
So what is on the Tea-tox menu? Think smoked chicken and guacamole, poached salmon and dill crème fraiche, mango and coconut rice, chocolate-raspberry soya slice and seasonal fruit sorbet. That will surely get everyone’s taste buds happy and bodies healthy!
- Website: Tea-Tox Healthy Afternoon Tea
- Address: Albemarle Street, London, W1S4BP
- Tube station: Jubilee, Victoria, Piccadilly lines – Green Park Station
- Reservations: +44 20 7493 6020
- Opening Hours: Afternoon Tea: Noon to 6.00pm daily
- Price indication: £47.50 for adults
Tea Time! With Family Twist
Do you and your children prefer to actively take part in preparing an afternoon tea instead of just sitting there and eating?
In this case, there is no better option than Family Twist’s Tea Time! hands-on workshop. This family-bonding experience is a great way to fully understand the tradition of afternoon tea.
In the comfort of a private Victorian house, next to a fireplace, you and your children will learn as much as you make and bake. From the stories behind customs and traditions to baking your own scones and shortbreads as well as preparing the perfect tea, the real British afternoon tea will hold no secrets for your family anymore.
And the best part is at the end: you will taste and enjoy everything you have baked and prepared!
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