In the pre-pandemic world, one of my favourite types of blog posts to write about was the list of fun places to have Afternoon Tea in London. I loved hunting online for the new quirky tea available and then picking my favourites to try. As the restaurants have all reopened, I thought I would update my list for 2022.
Quirky Afternoon Teas in London 2022
Romeo and Juliet Afternoon Tea at Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk,
London SE1 9DT
Shakespeare and tea are two great English institutions. Combining them into one is the Romeo and Juliet afternoon tea. Based on Shakespeare’s famous play and served at The Swan pub next door to the world-famous Globe Theatre. The menu has desserts named ‘Thus With A Kiss’ or ‘A Rose By Any Other Name.’ This is a must for any fan of The Bard.
101 Buckingham Palace Rd,
London SW1W 0SJ
Wicked is a popular fixture in the West End. The musical is a reimagining of the Wizard of Oz story. This time with the Wicked Witch as the hero. The show has run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for the last fifteen years. Now a nearby hotel, The Clermont is hosting an afternoon tea-themed on Wicked. Expect lots of green-themed food like pistachio bombe, lemon meringue pie and lime cheesecake.
Afternoon Tea experience at the Wands and Wizard Exploratorium
26 Greek Street,
London W1D 5DE
For fans of magic, the Wizards Afternoon Tea at Wands and Wizards Exploration is a must. This afternoon tea is for all ages, with options for the under-12s and over-12s. As well as cocktail add-ons for the adults. This experience involves spell casting and experimentation to brew your magical tea. Followed by sand-witches, scones, and sweet treats. It is worth noting this experience is in no way linked to the Harry Potter franchise or its author.
Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard
32 London Bridge St,
London SE1 9SG
Following the success of their Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea, Aqua Shard is now taking inspiration from another classic children’s book, Peter Pan. The Peter Pan Afternoon Tea has quirky nods to JM Barrie’s novel. The meal is served on a wooden tea tray shaped like the Jolly Roger. Sandwiches have fun names like the ‘Enormous Mushroom Chimney,’ or the ‘Codfish.’ This afternoon tea also has one of the most iconic views in London, overlooking Tower Bridge.
Sherlock: The Official Live Game
Ground Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre,
London, W12 8PP
The Sherlock Live Experience is a fun Detective-themed Escape room in London. Based on the modern BBC television adaption of the Sherlock Holmes novels. This year they have added an Afternoon Tea experience. Not only do you get to enjoy a meal, but this experience involves and mini-mystery. Taking place within a secret speakeasy, you must enter your mind palace and solve a tabletop mystery.
Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly
London W1J 0BH
Beatrix Potter’s beloved creations Peter Rabbit and friends have inspired this afternoon tea. Help Peter Rabbit celebrate this 120th birthday with this themed party. Expect the first course to include treats from Farmer McGregor’s garden. Before moving on to the second course of sweet treats, which include a carrot cake (of course) and scones.
Amusement Mile Tea at Park Row
77 Brewer St,
London W1F 9ZN
Park Row is a DC Comics-inspired restaurant in London. It takes its inspiration from various accepts of Gotham’s nightlife. With rooms based on the Iceberg Lounge or Monarch Theatre. Recently they have introduced a new afternoon tea experience, Amusement Mile. Gotham’s amusement park that was once hosted the famous Haley’s Circus. Now Amusement Mile is home to the Clown Prince of Crime. This experience features various circus treats like Popcorn and three Joker-themed desserts.
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory at One Aldwych
London WC2B 4BZ
We have all dreamed of visiting The chocolate factory in Roald Dahl’s famous book. Now you can get one step closer with this themed afternoon tea. As you can imagine, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea has many fun sweet treats and wonderous cakes. They also offer a collection of specially designed teas like Caramel Noir or Snozzberry.
Hyde Park Corner,
London SW1X 7TA
One of the most popular television programmes in recent years is Bridgerton. If you want to experience the Ton for yourself. What better way than enjoying this afternoon tea based on the Netflix programme? The Lanesborough’s dining room is beautifully decorated in the Regency period. Complete with a domed glass roof. Lady Whistledown says this is an experience you do not want to miss.
24 Egerton Gardens,
London SW3 2DB
The Alice at The Franklin Afternoon Tea is a reimagined twist on a modern-day Alice in Wonderland. The tea takes inspiration from the Alice: Curious and Curiouser exhibition at the V&A museum. Treats in the meal include a Mad Hatter-themed Brownie Hat, Queen of Hearts Red Velvet Cake, and a ‘Drink Me’ juice bottle.
The Great British Afternoon Tea at The Town House Kensington
The Town House Kensignton
109-113 Queen’s Gate,
London SW7 5LP
The Kensington Town House was the first hotel to have a fandom-based afternoon tea when they created their Beauty and the Beast tea. Which sold out instantly. Since then, they have hosted the Landmark London, and this summer, an afternoon tea around the Great British Summer! Expect treats based around Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and the Chelsea Flower Show.
Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel
The Ampersand Hotel
10 Harrington Rd,
London SW7 3ER
One Afternoon Tea, which is still going strong, is the Science Tea at the Ampersand Hotel. Whilst it might not be pop-culture inspired, I always include it in my lists as it’s an option for science geeks! All the desserts are themed around a different scientific field. From jelly served in Petri dishes to drinks in test tubes. Best of all, as the hotel is a short walk from the Science Museum, it would be a great treat after visiting the museum!