London's Avant-Garde Afternoon Tea Spots

Have you sampled all the afternoon tea London has to offer? Think again. Let us guide you to the most exciting and alternative afternoon tea in the city.




You don’t traditionally associate Japanese cuisine and afternoon tea, but Sosharu have managed to do just that. Available on Monday-Saturday between 12-4pm, you are greeted with three tiers of sweet and savoury delicacies to get the mouth watering. The afternoon tea includes salmon and tuna temaki rolls, chocolate sesame praline gateau with miso caramel and macha iced fingers. With a range of interesting Japanese teas to choose from you are in for a real experiential treat at Sosharu. Possibly the most interesting and alternative afternoon tea that the city has offered in a long time, we would highly recommend a trip.

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If you consider yourself a fashionista extraordinaire, then the Pret-à-Portea is a wonderland where dreams come true. Dreamt up by genius head pastry chef Mourad Khiat, you will be transported from the catwalks of New York, London, Paris and Milan, sampling designers from Dolce & Gabbana, Charlotte Olympia, Monolo Blahnik and Moschino, just to name a few. An ideal afternoon out with your best girlfriends, or perhaps a treat for your mothers and daughters, the Pret-à-Portea is really something special. Keep yourself en vogue, with shoes and bags good enough to eat! It is possible to cater for gluten and nut allergies, along with any other dietary requirements and it would be advisable to book in advance.

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Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea


Celebrating 150 years of Alice In Wonderland, the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea plays homage to the wonderful world of Alice. From delectable and edible figurines to sandwich plates decorated with birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks; the close attention to detail is apparent. Choose a delicious tea from the menu, which you’ll find hidden inside a vintage book and then have your camera at the ready to remember every second of this amazing afternoon tea experience in the city. If you love the tea, you can purchase a box before you leave too.

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Somewhat of a London institution when it comes to being at the cusp of edgy, cool and absolutely outlandish; Sketch proves time and time again that it is truly out this world. Though some come solely to take a trip to the bathroom (If you know what we mean, you know what we mean), most stay for the excellent afternoon tea. With pastries, macaroons and finger sandwiches to tickle every fondant fancy you will be in euphoria. If that wasn’t enough, Sketch hold their afternoon tea in a dining room in David Shrigley’s gallery, a complete spectacle for those who have never laid eyes upon such a room, make sure you snap yourself gorging on some gorgeous treats.

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Art Afternoon Tea


Inspired by London’s vibrant and energetic art scene, the Art Afternoon Tea is aptly set in a beautifully mirrored room with an ambience not to be missed. This carefully crafted afternoon tea includes some perfect finger sandwiches and scones, along with sweet delicacies in homage to Banksy, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Yayoi Kusama. Curated by head pastry chef Mark Perkins, who has taken his inspirations from the pioneers with their fingers of the pulse and the juxtaposition between contemporary and historic London, you are in for a one of a kind experience. This afternoon tea is the ideal way for art lovers to dine amongst couples and a definite way to prove that afternoon tea isn’t just for girls!

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