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15 Places For Afternoon Tea You Must Visit Before You Die

Scones + jam + cream, please.

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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.


4. Drink, Shop & Do

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For a less formal afternoon tea, try DS&D's "Man's Afternoon Tea" consisting of "a pint of lager, three doorstop sandwiches & a savoury scone. Pickles, pork scratchings & a Yorkie bar".

By the way, they're also very good at catering to gluten-free diners.


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.


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

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This is the only royal palace in London where you can have afternoon tea, and features items like "Orange-scented and currant scones served with Cornish clotted cream and English strawberry jam".


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