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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    Afternoon tea at the Orangery Kensington Palace London
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    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
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    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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    ••• Can you recognise the gluten-free cake stand?. © Laura Porter

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

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    ••• Can you tell which is the 'Healthy' gluten-free cakestand at 108 Marylebone Lane?. © Laura Porter

    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Sit and lose yourself in the opulent surroundings of the Criterion Restaurant, one of London's most historically distinguished restaurants and landmarks, while indulging in their traditional English afternoon tea. Originally opened in 1874 this lavish venue has been serving afternoon tea to the cream of London society for 135 years.

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    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 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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    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!