I believe life is far too short to not take afternoon tea seriously; it’s an opportunity to take time out of your busy schedule and enjoy the finer things in life – and London is the perfect city to do so.

Here are our favourite afternoon tea spots in the UK’s capital…

Rosewood Hotel

Rosewood’s five-star elegant Mirror Room isn’t the only thing we love about its Art Afternoon Tea; it is set in an extraordinary contemporary art room. It’s been voted as the best contemporary afternoon tea in the city many times. The dishes, prepared by executive pastry chef Mark Perkins, are influenced by the works of Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Banksy, and Yayoi Kusama. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of treats such as vanilla cream choux, or pistachio bavarois with fruity jelly.

From £45

The Connaught

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If you’re looking for traditional afternoon tea, then Jean-Georges at The Connaught offer a range of seasonal delights such as black forest chocolate mousse, chestnut tart with jam, miniature gingerbread men, and of course an extensive range of teas and coffees. It’s truly a feast to behold; you probably won’t be needing supper that night.

From £75

Scandal Water at The Edition

If it’s afternoon tea with a twist you’re after, then the Scandal Water tea event is more than just your standard scones and English Breakfast tea. The event is named after a slang term used in the 19th century in London for a cup of tea. Guests can expect a range of exotic teas paired with sweet small plates from numerous cultures.

From £35

The Ritz

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The Ritz is renowned for its classic afternoon tea; it has been served since its opening in 1906. It is served in the hotel’s stunning Palm Court; a show-stopping venue with elegant ornate surroundings. Its very traditional menu of top-of-the-range teas, coffees, and small plates attracts people from all over the country.

From £52


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Afternoon tea at Sketch is worlds away from the classic surroundings you’d expect; the dusty pink theme runs throughout with plush scalloped chairs and matching walls. It’s been described as being particularly eccentric and offers a truly unique dining experience. The menu, of course, is still very British – but with the odd twist. It offers delicious Comté cheese paninis, plus caramel fondants and even hot chocolates.

From £45

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