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Our Top 5 Hotels for an Afternoon Tea Treat

From literary legends to fashion icons, end the holidays with a special teatime treat at one of London's top hotels

1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Savoy

The Savoy's first children's afternoon tea in its history launched last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this magical picture book. Delicious little sandwiches to start followed by the most wonderful tea tray tower, laden with goodies.  Yellow and black tiger scones, a tiny pot of oreo cheesecake disguised tiger food, battenburg in the colour of Sophie's tights and a stack of chocolate chip cookies that had already had a bite taken out of them by the tiger himself.  The top layer of this gourmet tower is a little milk bottle with a delicious raspberry milkshake (remember it's not the milkman who knocks at the door) and a marzipan tiger, he is edible but he's too good to eat.
Devised in collaboration with the book's publishers HarperCollins, Judith Kerr's wonderful story remains at the forefront of this tea party; the only thing that is missing is the Tiger himself (although they give you sweet tiger ear headbands). The bespoke tea set (which is available for sale) is beautiful and the activity book will keep the littles occupied while they wait for their tea and with the red gingham napkins at the ready this tea is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds.
Hands down our favourite tea in town!

Thames Foyer, Savoy Hotel, Mon-Fri, £40 per child, ages 5-12. Click here for more details and to book.

2. Kids' Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Science Museum tea

You can sample jellies served in petri dishes, bite the heads off chocolate spacemen and crunch through not-so-ancient edible fossils in this child-friendly version of the hotel's Science Tea. Food is served on a rocket-shaped stand, with dry ice shooting out the bottom.

Perfectly situated practically opposite the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, it is the perfect way to finish off a museum outing.

The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, SW7 3ER Mon–Sat 12.30pm, Sun 12.30pm–7pm, £29.50.  Book online only

3. Mary Quant-inspired Tea at the Pelham Hotel

mary quant pelham hotel

We reckon the Mary Quant show at the V&A is a good one for older kids and mini fashionistas and the ‘Swinging London’ afternoon tea at the neighbouring Pelham Hotel is a delight: dainty finger sandwiches, ‘Colour Pop’ mini buns and ‘Bazaar’: an open macaron topped with whipped cream, raspberries and raspberry coulis creatively presented as a nail varnish. Mwah dahling!

The Pelham, 15 Cromwell Place, SW7 2LA. From £40 (excluding exhibition tickets). Click here to book.

4. Tea with Daunt Books at The Langham

    

Take a break from school uniform shopping and immerse your little ones in the world of books at this Regent Street hotel partnering with Daunt Books. Providing yummy jigsaw puzzle sandwiches, scones and self assembly doggie cakes. Each little tea eater also gets to pick a book to take home from the Daunt mini-library plus a Daunt Book's tote bag to carry off their literary haul. 

The Langham, 1c Portland Place, W1B 1JA. Served 12-5.30 pm, £29.50 per child under 12. Click here to book.

5. London Landmarks Tea at The Town House Kensington

                         

One of the nicest teas we have tasted this year. We loved that the tea started with a selection of the most diddy hot starters. The steak & ale pie was utterly delicious and the mini stilton & broccoli quiche literally melted in our mouths. Next came a selection of yummy sandwiches - a choice of coronation chicken, cucumber, salmon and egg. The best bit, of course, were the yummy landmark cakes served on a glorious London Eye cake stand. The white glistening chocolate coated Gerkin oozed dark chocolate ganache, the Shard was filled with the sweetest carrot cake and the Big Ben lemon tart was just darling. Our hands down fave though was the wobbly rhubarb mousse Red Telephone Box. We finished off with the obligatory warm fluffy scones and strawberry jam. A London feast indeed. The service was excellent too. Why not book a wintry rotation on the London Eye afterwards.

£42 per person. Book up their Festive London Landmarks Afternoon Tea from 18 Nov. Click here to book. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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