Mid-Range Afternoon Tea in London

Afternoon Tea in London That's Not Cheap But Not Expensive Either

There are an incredible amount of afternoon teas in London and this list is dedicated to the middle range, which means you could find cheaper or go for the big names and pay a lot more, but all on the list have an honest review to help you chose.

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The Orangery at Kensington Palace

Afternoon tea at the Orangery Kensington Palace London
Gary Bembridge/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
Holland Park, London W8 6LU, UK
Phone +44 20 7361 2220

For a traditional afternoon tea where you can dine in a palace and wear sneakers, you must visit the Orangery at Kensington Palace. How often can you say that you dined in a palace?

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Bateaux London Afternoon Tea Cruise

Bateaux London Afternoon Tea Cruise

Laura Porter

Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU, UK
Phone +44 330 123 9044

If you'd like to enjoy some London sightseeing while indulging in posh tea and cakes then this is the option for you. The cruise starts in central London and you'll pass the London Eye before continuing past the Tower of London and under Tower Bridge.

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St James's Hotel and Club


Laura Porter

7-8 Park Place, London SW1A 1LS, UK
Phone +44 20 7316 1600

This luxury boutique hotel offers a gluten-free afternoon tea ‚Äčand compared to the standard offering you really can't tell the difference.

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108 Brasserie Afternoon Tea


Laura Porter

108 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QE, UK
Phone +44 20 7969 3900

This is another venue that offers gluten-free afternoon tea as well as a 'Healthy' option with lower dairy and sugar too. This too was exceptional and, at last, those who need a gluten-free diet can enjoy really good quality cakes.

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Kensington Hotel

109-113 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5LP, UK
Phone +44 20 7589 6300

The renovated Kensington Hotel is only ten minutes walk from the South Kensington museums so it would be easy to combine a morning museum trip with a relaxing afternoon tea here. The hotel is actually four connected grand Victorian townhouses and there are many period features left to admire. Considering the hustle and bustle at the museums, a visit to Kensington Hotel's Drawing Room is a peaceful and calm oasis.

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St Ermin's Hotel

2 Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QW, UK
Phone +44 20 7222 7888

St Ermin's is a Victorian hotel that reopened after a full refurbishment in 2011. Afternoon tea is served in The Library is this hotel with many spy connections. St Ermin's is leading the way with hotel bee keeping in London and uses its Buckfast Bees honey harvest in late summer.

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Chesterfield Mayfair

35 Charles Street, London W1J 5EB, UK
Phone +44 20 7491 2622

The Chesterfield Mayfair serves afternoon tea in the Conservatory or Butler's Retreat restaurant.

The traditional afternoon tea is most popular but you can upgrade to the Champagne afternoon tea or indulge in the Chocolate Lovers afternoon tea. Children are always welcome and there is a Little Prince and Princess afternoon tea menu too.

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Royal Horseguards

2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ, UK
Phone +44 20 7523 5062

This five star London hotel is close to Trafalgar Square. They also offer a children's tea and the staff does their best to make everyone feel welcome. Music is provided by a harp player positioned just outside The Lounge and it is wondrous to discover her location and enjoy your final cup of tea listening to the music.

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London Hilton Park Lane - Chocolate Afternoon Tea

22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE, UK
Phone +44 20 7493 8000

Podium Restaurant at The London Hilton on Park Lane offers 'Confessions of a Chocoholic' - a chocolate afternoon tea menu. The traditional tiered cake stand overflows with chocolate goodies such as freshly baked chocolate chip scones served with home made chocolate praline spread, chocolate cupcakes and miniature chocolate fancies. What a sugar rush!

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Rubens at The Palace

39 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS, UK
Phone +44 20 7834 6600

The Palace Lounge at Rubens at The Palace has views of The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's stables. Plan a day out to include tea at Rubens combined with a trip to Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery or The Royal Mews.

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Hilton Green Park - Beefeater 24 Afternoon Tea

Half Moon Street, London W1J 7BN, UK
Phone +44 20 7629 7522

Hilton Green Park has brought together two British traditions - gin and afternoon tea - to offer this fun, well-priced afternoon tea in their refurbished lounge, Berry Bar. In addition to the traditional sandwiches, scones, tea and cakes, the Beefeater 24 Afternoon Tea includes a Beefeater 24 Gin and Fever Tree tonic with a choice of bitters infused on the premises, for customers to flavor the drink at the table. 

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The Waldorf Hilton

Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD, UK
Phone +44 20 7836 2400

Located in the heart of Theatreland in the West End of London, this five-star hotel, always synonymous with style and elegance, celebrated its Centenary in 2008. Afternoon tea at The Waldorf Hilton is a well-priced opportunity to experience this iconic Edwardian London landmark. The service will make you feel very special and the scones are truly delicious. It's worth going again just for them!

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Afternoon Tea in London That's Not Cheap But Not Expensive Either