Ready for a quirky afternoon tea in London? Afternoon tea is a hallowed UK tradition, but in the Square Mile (and those lovely boroughs beyond) you will find plenty of venues where this afternoon pause is elevated to a high and unusual art. For the curious, and those who want something more ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and less ‘Royal Doulton’ there are some great options for themed afternoon teas in quirky establishments that will place a premium on tea, sandwiches, sweets and the imagination. Take a look at all the offers on our platform now, and book your next amazing London experience today!
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What should I know before going for a quirky afternoon tea?
Afternoon tea is not quite the same as ‘high tea, so this will be an afternoon tuck in filled with cake, scones and finger sandwiches. Of course, there are traditional and quite famous spots for afternoon tea, but there are some great modern choices as well. Wherever you choose, make sure you book a place early - if it is good, it is bound to be popular.
What sort of quirky venues offer afternoon tea in London?
You will have many choices for themed afternoon teas in London. These are afternoon teas that are built around a central theme or concept, or cuisine and reinterpret the traditional afternoon tea in new and exciting ways. There are Asian afternoon teas inspired by Taiwanese tea houses, Scandinavian teas, Indian savoury afternoon teas, vegan options, burger themed teas and slightly boozy cocktail teas.
If you, or someone in your life, adore modern art, consider an afternoon tea inspired by Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Banksy, and Mark Rothko. For literary fans, there is even a Peter Rabbit themed tea, a Mary Poppins themed afternoon tea at The Shard or go ahead and check out the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel. Shakespeare’s Globe offers a Midsummer Night’s Dream Tea as well. For history and train aficionados, there is a train-themed afternoon tea near Victoria Station.
Some afternoon tea venues offer a more quirky approach to the atmosphere, although the menu itself may be more traditional. You can take your tea in an unusual location, such as a double-decker bus as it travels the streets of London or on a tour boat as you sail the afternoon away. There’s even a child-friendly science afternoon tea at a venue near the Science and Natural History museums in South Kensington.
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