15 Places For Afternoon Tea You Must Visit Before You Die

    Scones + jam + cream, please.

    1. Claridge's

    Claridge's has an actual tea connoisseur on board for their afternoon tea menu, so you know they take it seriously. It's worth noting this review, which adds that "the sandwiches arrive on that distinctive stripy china, and they keep on arriving until you stop asking for more."

    2. Sketch

    Sip your tea and nibble your sandwiches in the sumptuous pink velvet booths of this Michelin-starred restaurant. If you're on a budget, their cream tea (fruit scones with jam, clotted cream, and a choice of teas) comes in at a very reasonable £10 per person.

    3. Cinnamon Soho

    High chai? Don't mind if we do. An Indian twist on afternoon tea, including bites like a Bangla scotch egg, and ginger and garam masala cake. It's also very affordable, starting at £20 for two people.

    4. Drink, Shop & Do

    5. Bea's of Bloomsbury

    An afternoon tea with *two* types of brownie? Yes please. For a more casual affair, you can also opt to have "sweet tea", which is afternoon tea without the sandwiches, with no reservation necessary.

    6. The Ritz

    There are few more glamourous options than afternoon tea at The Ritz. There's a piano player! Look at that clotted cream! Dreamy.

    7. Fortnum and Mason

    8. Betty Blythe Vintage Tearoom

    9. The Berkeley

    10. Bake-a-boo

    Sure, they do a marvellous traditional afternoon tea, but what makes Bake-a-boo really stand out is their "sensitive" menus. There is a gluten- and dairy-free menu, a dairy-and-egg free menu, and a sugar-free menu. Wonderful!

    11. Teanamu Chaya Teahouse

    Chinese and Japanese teas, wakame seaweed brown bread, and slices of apple and mango chiffon cake. This isn't your average afternoon tea.

    12. The Delaunay

    Sink in, and enjoy a Viennese afternoon tea. You can indulge in "assorted savouries, poppy seed Gugelhupfs with apricot jam and whipped cream, a selection of classic Viennese cakes". YUM.

    13. Original Maids of Honour

    The first Maids of Honour shop was founded in the 18th century, so you can be sure that these guys know their scones. There are plenty of options to choose from, and all menus apart from the champagne cream tea come in at under £15.

    14. The Orangery, Kensington Palace

    15. Le Chandelier

    With an impressive tea menu alone, Le Chandelier is perfect for a cosy bite with pals.

    If you're looking for a more casual cup of tea and a cake, Franklin's is just around the corner, and splendid.

    If you're searching for more options, AfternoonTea.co.uk is a great resource.