Cheap Afternoon Tea in London

Tea at the Orangery
••• Tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. Heather Cowper/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
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    London's Best Budget Afternoon Teas

    There are an incredible array of afternoon teas in London but this list is dedicated to the city's best budget-friendly options. From a posh palace in Kensington to an under-the-radar art gallery in Marylebone, these central London spots all offer excellent value for money.

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    The Fan Museum, Greenwich

    The Fan Museum, Greenwich
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    The best value afternoon tea in town is served at the Fan Museum in Greenwich. For just £8, you can indulge in scones topped with cream and jam, a selection of cakes and tea or coffee, all served in the beautiful orangery. The light-flooded building is decorated with detailed murals and overlooks a secret Japanese-style garden.

    Price: £8 (plus the museum entry fee of £4)

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    The Wallace Restaurant Afternoon Tea

    Hertford House is the home of The Wallace Collection, a national museum of French 18th century cultu
    ••• Hertford House is the home of The Wallace Collection. David Williams/Getty Images

    The Wallace Restaurant sits at the heart of The Wallace Collection, an unsung art gallery on Manchester Square that's home to works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Velazquez. Tea is served in a covered courtyard so there's plenty of natural light. Dining here feels very indulgent because of the beautiful setting so it's hard to believe that the afternoon tea is available for less than £20.

    See The Wallace Restaurant Afternoon Tea Review.

    Price: £18.50

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    The Orangery at Kensington Palace

    Tea at the Orangery
    ••• Heather Cowper/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    For a traditional afternoon tea in regal surroundings, you'll be hard pushed to beat the Orangery at Kensington Palace. The English Afternoon Tea features classic dishes like scones with clotted cream and jam and sandwiches filled with Coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise and smoked salmon and cream cheese. Even if you add a glass of champagne to the mix, you'll still pay less than at London's more obvious afternoon tea spots.

    Price: £28.50

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    Kingsway Hall Hotel

    Kingsway Hall Hotel tea
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    I was shocked and pleasantly surprised that this Covent Garden hotel could offer such a lovely afternoon tea for less than half the price of the 5-star hotels in town. While it may not be The Ritz, Kingsway Hall Hotel offers an afternoon tea that is well-presented, delicious, and served by excellent staff. It's served daily from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m and there's a gluten-free afternoon tea option too.

    See Kingsway Hall Hotel Afternoon Tea Review.

    Price: £22.95

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    The Tea Terrace London Afternoon Tea

    House of Fraser in London
    ••• The House of Fraser department store. Tory Ho/Getty Images

    The Tea Terrace is on the top floor of House of Fraser, an Oxford Street department store. With vintage-style crockery and powder blue and pink decor, it feels like a delightfully quirky English tea room. In a city that adores coffee these days, it's lovely to find an eclectic tea room that serves a great choice of the nation's favorite beverage.

    See The Tea Terrace London Afternoon Tea Review.

    Price: £19.25

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    Crusting Pipe Covent Garden

    Covent Garden market
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    The Crusting Pipe is best known as the wine bar in Covent Garden's piazza that has outdoor seating from which you can enjoy live opera singers. Yes, you read that right. This wine bar has opera singers and classical musicians performing in the courtyard. The venue serves a traditional afternoon tea and offers options that include a British cheese selection and vintage Port.

    See Crusting Pipe Afternoon Tea Review.

    Price: £18.95

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    Bond Street Kitchen

    Bond Street Kitchen, London
    ••• Bond Street Kitchen

    Nestled within the ladies designer clothes department on the second floor of Fenwicks on Bond Street, one of London's department stores, is Bond Street Kitchen, a glamorous restaurant, and bar. This fashionable spot serves afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes for £25. Add a glass of champagne to your afternoon tea for £10.

    Price: £25 

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    Bea's of Bloomsbury

    Bea's of Bloomsbury
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    Bea's of Bloomsbury is loved by sweet-toothed Londoners. I tried their afternoon tea and found it was a big sugar rush! Exceptionally well-priced and beautifully presented.

    Price: £24.50

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    Strand Palace Hotel

    Indian afternoon tea at the Strand Palace Hotel.
    ••• Indian afternoon tea at the Strand Palace Hotel. Courtesy of the Strand Palace Hotel

    The Strand Palace Hotel sits just opposite the Savoy Hotel but serves an afternoon tea for roughly half the price of its glitzy neighbor. The Covent Garden afternoon tea is a real bargain at £29.95 and you can add a glass of prosecco for just £6.

    See Strand Palace Hotel Afternoon Tea Review.

    Price: £29.95