Nine Amazing Afternoon Tea Ideas

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There are some amazing ideas for Afternoon Tea around the world, particularly in England. The traditional options have got super classy, whilst the new ones on the block have got pretty inventive. Many of them are a great way to see a part of a country or a particular city, whilst others offer an insight into the culture through the small bites on offer.

Top Afternoon Tea Ideas

Top Afternoon Tea Ideas

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What’s not to like about a chocolate themed Afternoon Tea?! Surprisingly not all of the treats are of the chocolate variety, so there is something for everyone. This award winning tea is based on the popular film, show and book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Hosted in central London, it’s an exciting classic that you should try. Just make sure you book in advance.

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Read the full write up here 

Address: 1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ (England)

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2. Fortnum & Mason

This grand building is an English institution. Everyone needs to experience Afternoon Tea here at least once. They’ve been selling tea for over three hundred years so they know a thing or two. Choose your drink from an extensive tea menu and then enjoy sipping it from a delicate tea cup.

Afternoon Tea, Fortnum & Mason

Opt for a table at the rear of the room so that you can indulge in a bit of people watching. Whilst it’s rightly popular with tourists, ‘ladies that lunch’ often dine here. It’s entertaining watching some of them eat a tiny sandwich with a knife and fork. The sandwiches are delicious, both for meat-eaters and vegetarians. The pretty cakes are Instagram worthy and there’s even a cake trolly if you like your desserts tall and wide.

Read the full write-up here.

Address: 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER (England)

3. Beckworth Emporium

Fortnum & Mason might be an English institution, but Beckworth Emporium is the gem in Northamptonshire. Everyone in this countryside county knows that’s it’s the place to go for a delicious Afternoon Tea. The dining area is split between the spacious glasshouse and the indoor cosy snug area, with the latter offering more of a relaxed experience.

Afternoon Tea is available from 2pm – 4.30pm. You can’t book a table so arrive forty five minutes earlier as you’ll probably have to queue to be seated. Opt for the sharing platter for two. It’s presented beautifully on a slate tray. Petite, yet filling sandwiches are served with posh crisps, ladylike scones and sinful desserts. It’s a surprisingly filling platter. They’re great at catering for vegetarians and there’s even a gluten free option.

Come Christmas time there’s a bijou outdoor ice-skating rink that’s almost as popular as the Afternoon Tea. Combine both experiences for a fun day out. It’s just an hour or so from London or Birmingham. Find out more here.

Address: Glebe Road, Mears Ashby, Northants, NN6 0DL (England)

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4. Red Bus Afternoon Tea

If you’re after the ultimate English experience, this one is for you. BB Bakery offer guests the chance to enjoy an Afternoon Tea onboard a double decker red bus. Not only that, but the bus takes the guests on a tour of the famous London landmarks. Eating a scone whilst driving past Westminster Abbey certainly beats walking about in the almost guaranteed English rain!

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At £45 each it’s a little pricier than some, but then with the tea and the tour it is kind of like a 2-4-1 session. They cater for vegetarians, gluten frees and people looking for a Halal option. You can find all of the details here.

Read the full review here.

Book here.

Address: Pick up from 8 Northumberland Ave, London (England)


Are you more a savoury kinda person than sweet? Afternoon Tea at BRGR.Co offers a fun twist on the somewhat classic English experience. Miniature burgers replace dainty cucumber sandwiches, donuts replace traditional scones, and iced-tea replaces your typical Earl Gray. Tiny fries and milkshakes are also on offer.

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Located in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in London, Soho, this experience is surprisingly affordable. From £17 per person it’s a bargain for a central city Afternoon Tea. You can book here.

Address: 187 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZB (England)

6. Beauty and the Beast Afternoon Tea

Getting a booking for this tea was incredibly hard, yet it didn’t seem very busy at all when we were there. We did spy Louis Walsh eating his lunch in the corner of the restaurant though! Tables are adorned with props from the movue, such as Lumiere and Mrs Pots – it’s all very cute! The only thing that’s missing is the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack playing in the background.

Book here.

Address: Town House at The Kensington, 109-113 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5LP (England)

7. Komaneka at Tanggayuda

So this may be a little OTT, but if you ever get the chance to visit Ubud, Bali (or perhaps you need an extra excuse to travel) go to Komaneka at Tanggayuda to experience their Afternoon Tea. Choose to have it served in the beautiful lounge area overlooking the infinity pool and rice fields (swoon), or in the traditional, outdoor restaurant, or even on the daybed at your private villa if you’re lucky enough to be an overnight guest like me.

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Choose from many herbal teas and enjoy it alongside traditional Balinese treats. Naturally, it’s served on a banana leaf and looks like a work of art. Less adventurous eaters will love the seemingly never-ending supply of home baked cookies – absolutely addictive and completely smile-inducing.

Read the full write-up here.

Address: Br. Tanggayuda, Kedewatan, Ubud, Gianyar 80571, Bali (Indonesia)

8. Science Afternoon Tea

This award-winning afternoon tea certainly hits the quirky spot! Chemistry, physics and gastronomy meet to create some inventive choices in a beautiful hotel. Served in petri dishes (of course!), you’ll find cute little rockets, smokey effects and other wonderful experiments.

Address: The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER

9. A Secret Garden Afternoon Tea

Don’t tell anyone, but every summer (at least for the past few years) there’s a secret afternoon tea held on a river bank in Oxfordshire. Narrow boats glide past as you sip tea underneath a blanket of swaying pink flowers. The seating is higgedly piggeldy, the cake slices are massive and the atmosphere is lovely!

Address: It’s a secret! (Not really, find out when you book)

Want more ideas? Try these!

A Classy Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House (Leicestershire)

Afternoon Tea at Cake Boy (London)

Afternoon Tea at Fawsley Hall (Northamptonshire)

Dinner in a Coppa Club Igloo (London)

Which one is your favourite? Do you have another one to add to this list? X

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  • Jodie Young 7 years ago Reply

    These all look yummy ! Fortnum & Mason and The Bakery Bus have been on my ‘to do’ list in London for a while now.

    Taylor Hearts Travel 7 years ago Reply

    Perhaps Santa will be kind and bring you a voucher to use at one of them! They’re definitely worth it. I’m trying the bus one in January so expect to see a full debrief on the blog :)

  • Great write up Char! I think we need to grab Ayla, find a free Saturday and ride the tea bus before it gets too popular!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 7 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Shikha! I agree. Emailing you guys has been on my ‘to do list’ for this week. Will do it now! :D x

  • Ayla 7 years ago Reply

    Love all these Char especially the Red Bus. I don’t think you can possibly get any more English than having afternoon tea on a big red bus while driving around London! I’m going to look into BRGR.CO for a gift for Alex. He’s not a fan of tea so this one would be perfect for him – looks a bit more suitable for men than the normal afternoon teas!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 7 years ago Reply

    I totally agree. I was stood in the line for Westminster Abbey when it went past me. It looked amazing – definitely next on the list! That’s a good idea for Alex. I’ve seen one or two other ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Teas’, but they’re usually centred around cigars and whiskey, so BRGR.CO would be a good alternative.

  • Nita 7 years ago Reply

    Wow!! They all seem fab. I love afternoon tea too!! Got a chance to try it at the Four Seasons in London this time but didn’t know about the Red bus afternoon tea and BRGR.CO. They both seem so cool. More to add to the to-eat list for next time ;) Also went to Fortnum & Mason but it was after a heavy meal so didn’t try the afternoon tea there. Left with lots of goodies though :)

    Taylor Hearts Travel 7 years ago Reply

    Me too! Ooh, I bet the Four Seasons one is amazing. My ‘to eat’ list is always growing. No sooner than I’ve crossed one off, I add another five!

    It’s so easy to spend a whole afternoon in Fortnum & Mason. I’m not surprised you came out with goodies :)

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