The 2020 Guide To The Best Children’s Afternoon Tea In London
Afternoon tea is often considered a grown-up activity but London has some of the best children’s afternoon tea.
We’ve rounded up suggestions for toddlers, tweens and teens; afternoon tea works regardless of age.
The best kids’ afternoon tea in London:
The Lanesborough has created a yummy tea for children up to age 12 that starts with hot chocolate or fruit juice and includes honey roast ham, mint yoghurt and cucumber cheddar cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches.
Sweet treats include American pancakes with Nutella, Smarties and marshmallows, and homemade plain and raisin scones with strawberry jam and clotted Devonshire cream.
£25 per child.
The traditional menu has been adapted for kids and includes freshly made bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, selected pastries and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea or soft drink.
Kids get to decorate their own cupcake at the Children’s Afternoon Tea in The Potting Shed Restaurant.
Flex their creative muscles with different icing and toppings on their cupcakes and tuck into a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, fruit and ice cream.
£15 per child.
The child friendly afternoon tea (which includes a complimentary teddy bear) was created by Executive Chef Anthony Marshall and recent winner of Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals, Pastry Chef Emmanuel Bonneau.
It includes teddy bear sandwiches, meringue mushroom, cake-pops, miniature fancies, hot chocolate, milkshakes, smoothies, and more.
Prices start at £24 per child and is suitable for kids age 4 to 12 years old. A child’s and adult’s afternoon tea costs £59.
Kids will love this wizard-centric, interactive afternoon tea at The Potion Room.
They’ll get cloaked up, take their seat at the school-style desks and await the Potions Master who will have them whisking up potions and all manner of concoctions.
The menu includes treats like ‘Galaxy Juice’ and ‘Hubble Bubble’ and comes with a choice of refillable loose leaf tea or Pumpkin Juice.
Prices start from £39.50 for kids.
Cutter & Squidge can also hold afternoon tea parties for kids 8 years and over. 15 guests maximum.
Although this isn’t specifically for kids, they’re sure to enjoy tea, scones and all the trimmings of a traditional afternoon tea on the Thames.
The menu is adaptable; make it a kid friendly afternoon tea and choose ‘plain’ sandwiches of just ham and/or cheese.
The tables are spread out so they can stretch their legs if they start getting a little restless during the 90 minute cruise.
Toddlers 2 years old and under are free while kids age 2 to 12 cost £22 each.
This Roald Dahl inspired tea is just as fantastical as you’d imagine his afternoon tea with children to be; think fizzy drinks, snozzberry jam and chocolate milkshake mixed by waterfall.
Tuck into not-quite-as-it-seems salmon and beetroot macaron and cheddar scones with bacon toffee jam, luscious lemon floss and plates piled high with wondrous cakes, sweets, mousses and scones – all washed down with chocolate or lemon sherbet tea or swimming pool fizz.
Children (under the age of 12) cost £37 per person.
A reasonably priced afternoon tea (£16) and the only one in London that’s set in the grounds of a royal palace.
Enjoy a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches, scones made with Welsh butter, filled with cream and jam and selection of fine cakes.
Leave the cocktails out to make this afternoon tea kid-friendly.
Themed cakes include ‘The Perfect Nanny’ caramel, dark chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake, ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ lemon drizzle roulade and a ‘Jolly Holiday’ violet and white chocolate macaron, as well as old favourites like homemade scones and tasty finger sandwiches.
Perfect for kids under 12, this afternoon tea was approved by the head chef’s harshest critics (his two sons).
Starting with a banana milkshake shot and a selection of finger sandwiches on white farmhouse bread, the menu includes homemade pita and avocado trees and caramel and sea salt popcorn.
Finish with sweet treats including mini scones and fudge brownie squares.
£16 per child.
Bluebird Chelsea has put a twist on the classic afternoon tea and made it extra kid-friendly.
They will enjoy decorating their own cupcake and chowing down on Nutella stuffed doughnuts.
Tea is £12 per person including a drink and is for kids age 3 to 10 only.
Sup a quaint afternoon tea in Battersea at The Fairy Tea Room.
Enjoy Unicorn Hot Chocolate inside the Fairy Den or sip Lavender Tea from vintage china cups at a rocking horse table.
The in-house Fairy Baker will supply you with cupcakes, flapjacks and chocolate brownies.
Afternoon tea isn’t all hearts and flowers, older kids will enjoy Rock ‘n’ Roll afternoon tea.
The unique afternoon tea experience is inspired by artists like The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Queen and David Bowie.
£35 per person.
One for the teenagers, afternoon Tea at Maître Choux is more grown up and tweens and teens can enjoy coffee or tea, a selection of chouquettes and chocolate chouquettes, three éclairs and one choux of their choice plus one shot of Maître Choux’s award-winning hot chocolate.
£32 per person.
Use your mind at this afternoon tea!
Solve a mini-mystery as you enjoy sandwiches, scones and sweet treats in this Sherlock inspired hideaway in West London.
The menu includes pastrami with a slice of gherkin burger with tomato bread and mustard and mayo sauce, pretzel with chives, cream cheese and fresh salmon, ham and cheese finger sandwich, cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwich and Stilton and leek muffin with walnut.
Finish with scones with cream and jam, lemon tart with meringue, red choux with vanilla creme patisserie and raspberry coulis, chocolate cupcake and sable breton with cream cheese.
Suitable for kids age 10 and over, prices start at £40 per person.
In collaboration with Daunt Books (and to replace their Hamleys Afternoon Tea) they’ve put together an afternoon tea with kids experience that even the most discerning child will enjoy.
The cake is absolutely the piece de resistance – it’s just as much fun putting it together (with salted caramel ‘glue’) as it is eating.
As the afternoon tea is in collaboration with a bookshop, young diners get to choose an age-appropriate book from Daunt Books (from the in-house selection suitable for kids aged 3 to 12).
There’s a pianist in the Palm Court gently serenading you during your tea with everything from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to songs from My Fair Lady and Disney’s Lion King.
The Langham Hotel can deal with most allergies/intolerances and there were no issues when it came to the dishes being served.
Everything looked and tasted equally delicious and we left feeling absolutely stuffed. A delicious treat that ends with a book for the children? More, please.
£35 per child.
When we were invited to the venue to try their kids’ afternoon tea, we had doubts. Would they be able to cater to the gluten and dairy intolerant?
As soon as we arrived and before we placed our order we let them know our dietary needs and they were completely unfazed.
Afternoon tea is such a lovely British tradition so why wait until the kids are older before they can enjoy it too?
The Mini Tea includes fish finger and sweet ketchup, and smooth peanut butter and homemade jam sandwiches.
The kids tucked into theirs while we enjoyed grown up afternoon tea in the form of Gentlemen’s (for him) and Vintage (for her).
£12.50 per child.
Is this best afternoon tea for children in London?
Quite possibly the fanciest on our list, Claridge’s offer sandwiches with corn fed organic chicken, Clarence Court duck egg mayonnaise or Dorrington gammon ham followed by freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Handmade dessert includes vanilla choux, raspberry sorbet cornet and exotic fruit salad. These delights cost £40 per child.
This Little Prince + Princess Afternoon Tea in London gives this classic British treat a fun twist, with the addition of some sweet and sticky delights to make it a big hit with children under 12 years old.
If you’re looking for somewhere to host a Princess Tea Party, try The Milestone.
Afternoon tea for kids costs £26 per child.
Budding artists will enjoy the Picasso Art Afternoon Tea inspired by the exhibition Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Children’s afternoon tea starts at £35 per child.
Afternoon tea with a difference – little guests can dress up with accessories from the 1920s and 30s.
This afternoon tea house for kids provides cakes, hot chocolate served in pretty cups and lots and lots of pink and flowers and is a fabulous place to hold a kid’s tea party.
A tea party for eight costs £220.
Tumble down the rabbit hole and enjoy a tea party inspired by the world of Alice in Wonderland.
Kids will enjoy the Stack of King of Hearts Ham and Parmesan Croque-Monsieur complete with the Mad March Hare Vanilla Pocket Watch Macaroon.
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is priced from £48 per person and £35 per child (for children 4-11 years old).
A rabbit-centric afternoon tea featuring chamomile chocolate pots to vegetable patch sandwiches.
Prices start at £39 per adult and £29 for the children’s version.
With views overlooking Hyde Park, the Park Room is a wonderful place to enjoy the quintessentially British tradition of Afternoon Tea.
The children’s version starts with banana, egg mayo and strawberry jam sandwiches and ends with a glorious knickerbocker glory.
When the tea is over, children are given a small Grover dog (pictured above) to take home.
£25 per child.
Try jelly served in a petri dish, 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.
What’s not to love about dinosaur biscuits and a rocket cheese straw?
£31.50 per child.
Inspired by Hardy’s Original Sweetshop, you can introduce your kids to some of your old sweetshop favourites.
There are freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a selection of delicious cakes and pastries inspired by The Original Sweetshop.
The Queen shops here (or rather she has someone shop for her here) so you know you’re in for something special.
Suitable for kids age 4 to 10, the menu features ham and cheese, and coronation chicken sandwiches and ends with cakes, biscuits, meringues and jellies served with a selection of hot and cold drinks.
Interesting Fact: The Queen’s shopping is still delivered by horse and cart so look out for it when you’re in the area!
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and enjoy an Afternoon Tea inspired by the foul-tempered monarch from children’s classic Alice in Wonderland.
Think ‘Off With Their Heads’ banana moelleux, ‘Running Late’ strawberry pocket watch macaron decorated with milk chocolate piping and ‘Checkmate’ – a redcurrant and chocolate Battenberg cake in the style of a classic checkerboard;.
Sandwiches replicate the Queen’s soldiers and playing cards and include On Duty – Coronation chicken on carrot bread; Pick a Card – smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraîche on rye bread and Double Time – egg mayonnaise classic and In Line – cucumber and soft cheese on beetroot bread.
Children 4 – 11 years old get a 50% discount on the adult price of £45.
Start with peanut and jelly sandwich, tomato sauce and mozzarella and a ham and cheese sandwich with mayo.
Sweets include D.I.Y. emoji, marshmallow lollipop, praline, chocolate and vanilla cake and a Key lime pie.
From £20 per child.
Explore London on a guided Afternoon Tea Bus Tour aboard an original 1960’s Route master bus.
You’ll get to see sights like Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’ Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Downing Street and more.
While they don’t offer a specific afternoon tea for kids, children are more than welcome and their ticket will cost less – kids aged 5 to 11 can board for £35 while adults cost £45.
BRIGIT’S BAKERY also provides afternoon tea options for those eating a vegetarian, vegan, halal, gluten-free and/or pescatarian diet.
Tours run daily from Trafalgar Square and Victoria Coach Station.
Where’s your favourite place to go for children’s afternoon tea in London?