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Afternoon Tea in London

By Viator, July 2017

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A quintessential British tradition, afternoon tea has been around since the 19th century. Follow the tea-sipping lead of bygone British duchesses, and indulge yourself with mid-afternoon cakes, sandwiches, and tea at a traditional London hotel.

Highlights
  • A pot of tea paired with a tier of fresh finger sandwiches, scones, and little cakes on fine china form the hallmark of the best afternoon tea. Champagne is offered as a special indulgence.
  • While squeezed between lunch and dinner, afternoon tea is a ritual that can’t be rushed. Aim to "take tea" for about two hours.
  • Most experiences take place at elegant tea rooms in prestigious central London hotels, easy to access by foot and public transport. Some combo tours offer hotel pickup and drop-off, too.
  • Credit for the afternoon tea custom goes to a friend of Queen Victoria's, the seventh Duchess of Bedfordshire, who ordered snacks to see her through until dinner. The tradition went on to become a beloved social occasion.

Afternoon Tea Experiences
For a traditional afternoon tea that would be approved of by the aristocrats, look to a 4- or 5-star hotel such as Grosvenor House, Claridge's, the Savoy, the Ritz, or the Rubens at the Palace Hotel. While the tea menu, elegant cakes, and finger sandwiches will delight most, some hotels go further for families with a kids' menu that swaps tea for milkshakes.

Combo Tours
Pair a London city tour with English afternoon tea; it's the perfect way to top off an action-packed sightseeing experience in the capital. Tea can be taken as you sightsee from a Thames River boat; after a vintage London bus tour; or after a dedicated tour of Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, or Shakespeare's Globe.

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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea, London, null
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea

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Enjoy three quintessential British experiences on a 4.5-hour royal London tour, combining the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony with an audio tour of ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Early-Access Tower of London Tour with Afternoon Tea in Westminster Abbey, London, Half-day Tours
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Early-Access Tower of London Tour with Afternoon Tea in Westminster Abbey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Explore London from an iconic 1960s Routemaster bus and see the best of the city, including the Tower of London before the crowds, Borough Market and a guided ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Afternoon Tea, London, Day Trips
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Afternoon Tea

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Combine a visit to Buckingham Palace with afternoon tea on this 4-hour tour in London. Meet your host outside the iconic palace, and then head inside with your ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea, London, Cultural Tours
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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

Take afternoon tea on the Thames during a 1.5-hour river sightseeing cruise in London. While enjoying the oh-so-British tradition of tea with cakes and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition with Optional Afternoon Tea, London, Day Cruises
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition with Optional Afternoon Tea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 188 Reviews

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed beneath the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus ... 
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights with Afternoon Tea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Get the royal treatment on this full-day London Super Saver, combining two tours at a discounted price. Enjoy early access to the Tower of London and enter ...  Read more

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Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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London Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea, London, Super Savers
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London Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea

4 star rating: Recommended 89 Reviews

Discover London’s top attractions by vintage double-decker bus and Thames River cruiser, and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with scones, too. Admire famous ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.90
London Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, London, Half-day Tours
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London Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 165 Reviews

Combine old-school English glamor with delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea on this must-do afternoon tea experience in London! Choose between one of two ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

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Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in London, London, Afternoon Teas
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Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in London

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Treat yourself to that quintessentially English tradition, afternoon tea, in an elegant lounge with views of Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews. Over the 2-hour ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 110 minutes (approx.)

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Highlights of London Walking Tour Including Afternoon Tea, London, Afternoon Teas
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Highlights of London Walking Tour Including Afternoon Tea

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See London’s many highlights and get a taste of tradition on a 2.5-hour walking tour, which includes afternoon tea. With an expert guide, stroll through ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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