Tea time in England is a very well known tradition, and may I say also one of my favourite traditions too.
It was actually introduced in the mid 19th century by the seventh Duchess of Bedford who felt that the gap of time between her lunch and dinner was awfully long and she needed a little extra something in between.
The Duchess began a daily tradition of requesting a tray of tea, bread, butter and cakes to be brought to her at four o’clock.
She then began inviting her friends to join her and within 40 years this habit became a fashionable tradition of the upper class.
Nowadays, when you visit England, it’s hard to miss the uncountable afternoon tea options!
So when in London, be a true Londoner and get yourself to one of these gems I have carefully chosen for you!
The Harrods Tea Room
Note: Dress Code
For those without a budget and want to experience a true posh British tea time, Harrods would be the perfect place for you. Dress up and book yourself the best table on the fourth floor and experience an all day dining menu created by the Harrods team of expert chefs.
The room itself is breathtaking and is full of history just bursting out through the tinted glass ceiling, marble pillars and the breathtaking chandelier in the middle of the room.
The menu is seasonal and oh so British, with freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and Harrods jam, a selection of delicious sandwiches and of course, a variety of over 20 different tea choices. Harrods also offers vegetarian and gluten free afternoon tea options too so don’t hold back!
Harrods, 87 – 135 Bromption Rd, Knightsbridge, London
The Tea Terrace – House of Fraser
This one is a hidden gem that I visited with my mum. Located at the 5th Floor of the House of Fraser in the middle of London, you get to experience a true fairy tale with your tea time date.
Even though it’s located just next to the children’s clothing (which is kind of ironic in a way), once you step in you feel like the Alice from inside of you has come out and you are ready to experience your very own tea wonderland!
The decor is very victorian with high back pastel coloured throne chairs, chandeliers (with a tea time twist) and luxurious china. The best part that really took out the little girl in me were the carriages (yes you can actually sit in them!!) and you can book your own princess to join you for tea.
The menu is very traditional and includes everything from a large range of breakfasts and lunch to endless tea time menus with home made cakes, scones, and tregothnan tea – a true English tea that’s grown in England.
The Tea Terrace – House of Fraser, 318 Oxford Street, 5th floor, London
B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
Visiting London for a short weekend? Why not take a city tour during your tea time!
B Bakery offers you an original afternoon tea on a double decker London bus, showing you the best of London in an hour and a half (depending on traffic). The route covers Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the choice of afternoon tea menus are endless from a traditional menu to vegan, gluten free and vegetarian!
So book your ride and join the queen for tea! (well, almost)
The Doll’s House on the Hill
Located in the heart of Harrow on the Hill away from all the London hustle and bustle, is a cosy afternoon teas house hidden behind a small Georgian shop front.
Just by entering into the tea house, you feel like you have been invited to a tea party hosted by dolls and elves (it’s all cute and small!), the decor and the atmosphere are magical you can easily lose yourself in the vintage china and elegancy of the place.
The menu offers a selection of scrumptious finger food sandwiches, homemade warm sultana scones and cakes and of course an endless choice of tea.
The Doll’s house on the Hill – 44 High Street, Harrow on the Hill
To A Tea
This modern, chic afternoon tea getaway is located right in the heart in London!
Make sure you get there in time as even though there are many tables to be seated at, they get full very quickly! To a tea’s menu combines modern with traditional offering brunch trends such as poached egg and smoked salmon on toast, açaí bowls and homemade buttery scones, finger sandwiches and brewed tea.
So stop shopping and meet me there at four o’clock!
To A Tea – 14 Farringdon St, London