THE BEST CHILDREN'S AFTERNOON TEA IN LONDON - 2019 EDITION
Afternoon tea is often considered a grown up activity - dainty china and fine dining don’t usually mesh well with rambunctious children - yet London has produced some of the best afternoon teas for children.
The best children’s afternoon tea in London:
Daunt Books Afternoon Tea At Langham Hotel London
In collaboration with Daunt Books (and to replace their Hamleys Afternoon Tea) they’ve put together a kids’ afternoon tea experience that even the most discerning child will enjoy.
What’s included: 4 jigsaw sandwiches, scones and a build your own bear mini cake.
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 any allergies (we had a dairy intolerant, a gluten free and a vegan diner with us) and there were no issues or poor relations 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.
Reform Social + Grill at the Mandeville Hotel
When we were invited to the venue to try their kids’ afternoon tea, we had doubts. Would they be able to cater for 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, one BBQ chicken slider, a mason jar of strawberry milkshake with a gingerbread man dipper, fruit and chocolate chip scone, chocolate and marshmallow lollipop, jelly and custard pot and a Reform jammy dodger with cream.
The kids tucked into theirs while we enjoyed grown up afternoon tea in the form of Gentlemen’s (for him) and Vintage (for her).
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 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 of age.
Rosewood London has re-imagined its Van Gogh Afternoon Tea for the minds and tastes of children.
A silver tray of painter’s tools will arrive at the table, equipping Mirror Room’s tiny artists with a painter’s palette and paint tubes filled with jam and lemon meringue. Two freshly baked scones will be served with clotted cream, along with palette knives for spreading the sweet toppings.
Designed for children aged between 4 to11 years old, the afternoon tea is served on Monday to Friday from 2:30 pm until 5:45pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm until 5:45pm and costs £35 per person.
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.
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 and the Queen of Hearts Rose and Strawberry Jammy Dodger, complete with the Mad March Hare Vanilla Pocket Watch Macaroon. Suitable for children 4 to 11 years old.
The much loved picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea, written and illustrated by Judith Kerr and serves as the inspiration for a feast of teatime treats that are drawn from the tea that Sophie and her mummy shared with the visiting tiger in the story.
The Savoy’s pastry team have created a whimsical menu served on bespoke chinaware also inspired by the story and available to buy from Savoy Tea. Sophie’s sandwiches include peanut butter and jam bites while ‘Tiger Scones’ feature stripy freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
A rabbit-centric afternoon tea featuring chamomile chocolate pots to vegetable patch sandwiches. Available for a limited time.
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.
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?
Inspired by Hardy’s Original Sweetshop, you can introduce your kids to some of your old sweetshop favourites. There’s 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, coronation chicken, and cucumber and cream cheese 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 in Wonderland at a special themed afternoon tea with an eclectic menu of cakes and pastries inspired by characters and quirks from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Think ‘Queen of Hearts’ Mango Tarts, ‘Drink Me’ strawberry potion, ‘Caterpillar’s Mushroom’ Raspberry Marshmallows, White Chocolate Mousse Teacups and Pocket Watch macaroons.
Finger sandwiches include Alice English Cucumber and Cream Cheese on Beetroot Bread, Fish Footman Tuna Mayonnaise on White Bread and Lory Cornish Yarg and Tomato with Redcurrant Jelly.
A vegetarian menu is also available.
A limited edition seasonal afternoon tea that encourages kids to develop their green fingers. Each child receives a special herb garden growing pack when they leave.
The menu includes tuna mayonnaise, ham and Nutella sandwiches with a fun milk chocolate lollipop D.I.Y shortbread, chocolate ganache, chocolate sponge and salted caramel and. rhubarb and custard verrine.
Explore London on a guided Afternoon Tea Bus Tour aboard an original 1960’s Routemaster bus. You’ll get to see sights like Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s 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.
We like that BRIGIT’S BAKERY also provides afternoon tea options for those eating a vegetarian, vegan, valal, gluten free and/or pescatarian diet.
Tours run daily from Trafalgar Square and Victoria Coach Station.
Where’s your favourite place to go for afternoon tea for children in London?