When you’re planning a trip to London, it’s likely that an afternoon tea experience will be high on your to-do list, especially if you’ve never been before.
If that’s the case, why not ditch your preconceptions of a truly British afternoon tea and opt for something a little more unusual? Here are six afternoon teas with a twist.
- Indian Inspired
Believe it or not, if you’d fancy an Indian afternoon tea London has just the thing! The Park Grand London Hotel offers an Indian inspired afternoon tea experience, with a fine selection of pastries, kathi rolls, chutneys, spiced potatoes and flavoursome sandwiches, all washed down with a hot cup of masala chai, of course. Since when did afternoon tea have to be all about classic British flavours?
- Bite Me Burger Co
Bite Me Burger Co is revolutionising the quintessentially British afternoon tea experience by swapping sarnies for sliders. Choose from a selection of 15 mini burgers any experience the best of the restaurants flavours, before indulging in burger cupcakes and other sweet bites. The Bite Me Burger Co afternoon tea experience is available at the Chalk Farm branch on weekends only.
- London Landmarks
Why spend your day touring London’s most famous landmarks when you could be eating them instead? Featuring some of the city’s most well-recognised structures (think the Shard and the Gherkin), Town House at The Kensington serves up sandwiches, scones and cakes, but not as you’ve ever seen them before.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Are you soft for a spot of Shakespeare? The the Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea at the Swan is definitely for you. Effortlessly romantic, this experience is shaped by the characters of one of the playwright’s most famous comedies, served upon bespoke Annika Wester crockery and offering a fantastic view across the River Thames.
- The Potion Room
Inspired by the dungeons of Hogwarts, this Harry Potter themed afternoon tea is a must for any fan of the magical series. Get your cloak on and prepare to get hands on, mixing your own potions (cocktails) and dining on traditional British foods – miniature replicas of the foods Harry and his friends would’ve been served for lunch and dinner in the Great Hall.
- Brigit’s Bakery Bus Tour
Hop on board Brigit’s Bakery Bus Tour for a travelling afternoon tea experience. This classic, London double decker will take you past the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and more, all while you munch on dainty sandwiches and colourful cakes. Brigit’s offers veggie, vegan, Halal and gluten-free options.
If you’re visiting London from abroad, you may need to consider a hotel close to the airport on your days of travel. The Park Grand London Heathrow is a great option, where you’ll be just a short bus ride from the airport terminals. As with other group hotels book now pay later schemes are available, meaning you can secure your room now for that extra peace of mind.