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London family friendly places for afternoon tea

Join in with the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.

It’s Afternoon Tea Week from 12th to the 18th of August and The Young Londoner has rounded up some of our favourite places in the Capital to enjoy afternoon tea with your children. 

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Slide down the rabbit hole and into the Sanderson this 2019 Afternoon Tea Week for their Alice in Wonderland themed delight. Savour enchanting sweet treats including Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger and a glass of Alice’s Exotic Fruits “Drink Me” potion. Sandwiches include smoked salmon scotch quail’s egg with caviar and cream cheese and Cornish crab brioche roll with spiced avocado and coriander. The tea also includes a refreshing glass of Veuve Clicquot (for the adults in the group.) Available daily 12.30pm-4pm, £58pp.

Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly 

In keeping with rabbits, Le Méridien Piccadilly have launched a new children’s afternoon tea inspired by everyone’s favourite woodland tale, Peter Rabbit. You can make a Peter Rabbit day by going to see Peter Rabbit Live (part of Kids Week where kids go free with paying adult in August 2019) continue the retelling of Beatrix Potter’s famous tale through food. Begin with Mr McGregor’s garden: vegetables from Peter’s garden scramble cooked up inside a mini baguette, and Caught In A Twist: a sun-dried tomato pinwheel. Follow this up with chamomile mousse inside an edible chocolate pot, a strawberry ganache and Every Bunny’s Favourite, carrot cake. £35 for adults, £25 for children. Available Monday-Sunday 12.30-5pm;

Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Goring in Belgravia

Enjoy pastries, scones and sandwiches served with the finest blended and first-flush teas from around the world, topped off with a glass of Bollinger Champagne (because sometimes parenting can get a bit much). The Goring has been perfecting the art of Afternoon Tea since it opened its doors over a century ago. It’s the holder of The British Tea Guild Council’s Top London Afternoon Tea Award and The Award of Excellence. Available Sunday-Friday, 4pm-4.30pm and Saturday’s from 1pm-4pm. From £50 per person.

Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books at the Langham Hotel

Books and afternoon tea? We are in! The Langham has you covered with their brilliant Children’s Afternoon Tea, for which they’ve partnered with Daunt Books. Young literary Londoners can pick a book from a specially curated library to enjoy whilst they tuck into the child-friendly menu filled with delicious treats. The first course is very much interactive with its puzzle shaped sandwiches and you can build-your-own dessert into a dog before devouring it! Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books is available every day from 12 noon until 5.30pm and costs £29.50 per child, while adult afternoon tea costs £55 per person.; 020 7636 1000

Summery Family Afternoon Tea at Roast in Borough Market

If the thought of bringing your tumbling toddler along to a fancy afternoon tea gets you hot under the collar then look no further than Roast in Borough Market. To celebrate summer, they’ve launched a quintessentially British afternoon tea where families can enjoy the season’s obligatory strawberries and Pimm’s in the form of cake! Other kid friendly classics Strawberry Eton Mess as well as an array of delicate finger sandwiches, scones and baked goods, all washed down with a selection of delicious teas. And they are running a competition during afternoon tea week too! Each day a table will be picked at random to enjoy their tea for free! Available Monday to Saturday, 12pm–6pm. Priced at £25 per person or £30 with a glass of Pimm’s (Champagne also available upon request).

Kids’ Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea at Ampersand Hotel 

Are you a science enthusiast? Then the Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea at Ampersand Hotel is for you! Their Kids’ Sci-Fi Tea is designed to suit all the fussy eaters out there, while still pushing the boundaries of culinary ingenuity, expect an inventive menu featuring dinosaur biscuits and a rocket cheese straw.

You can sample jellies served in petri dishes, bite the heads off chocolate spacemen and crunch through not-so-ancient edible fossils. Food is served on a rocket-shaped stand, with dry ice shooting out the bottom. Your children will leave entertained, delighted and feeling one step closer to the stars. The menu is available 12:30-9pm, Monday – Saturday and 12:30-6pm on Sundays for £29.50 per person.

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Covent Garden has lots to do for families during the summer – you can combine afternoon tea at Petersham Nurseries with a visit to the Transport Museum, The Royal Opera House or a show in the West End. Petersham Nurseries is well known for their use of the finest produce and quality ingredients. The menu changes on a regular basis depending on produce on offer but includes a delectable selection of sweet and savoury dishes such as the Vesuvio tomato and basil bruschetta and Coconut and Alphonso mango macaroon. Available Thurs-Sun, 3pm-4.30pm. £45pp or £50pp with a Petersham Bellini. Alternatively, try the Petersham Nurseries Afternoon Tea Hamper and enjoy tea at home for £70!