Mother’s Day may still be a few weeks away but if you’re on the hunt for an afternoon tea without the airs and graces and one the whole family can enjoy then look no further. From gem-studded scones at Cutter & Squidge to candyfloss creations at 1 Aldwych, get ready to spoil your mum rotten with these top teas in and around London…
Fancy grabbing a bite with Gordon Ramsay this Mother’s Day? Gordon’s York and Albany is serving up a delicious duo for the family this Mothering Sunday – a rip-roaring Sunday roast complete with all the trimmings and a sparkling afternoon tea overflowing with English Chapel Down rose. Try and keep little hands away from the salmon and avocado bagels, roast beef sandwiches and raspberry and white chocolate macarons, all piled high alongside homemade scones and clotted cream. Those lunching, why not try the canny children’s menu designed by Gordon’s daughter Tilly. Kids under 12 eat free, all day, every day (with a dining adult) and can take home Tilly’s Treats Kids Pack!
127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS
Cutter & Squidge
If we could grant three wishes this Mothers Day what would they be? Well whilst we sadly can’t grant a few extra hours slumber, we can sum up an afternoon of utter indulgence and magical delight. Running until 31st March you can venture into the Genie’s Cave at Cutter & Squidge for an afternoon tea to treasure. Delve deep into the Cave of Wonders and you will discover a golden table overflowing with decadent desserts including a 24 carat gold chocolate Biskie, ruby topped Dream Cakes and even the scones are studded with gems aplenty. Kids under 10 years old can experience the whole tea for £14.50 and top up your tea with a glass of golden bubbly for a Genie’s Welcome unlike no other.
20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ
Park Room at The Grovensor
If your idea of Mother’s Day tea is laden with champagne, finger sandwiches and oodles of perfect pastries then Anna’s Afternoon Tea at The Grosvenor House Hotel is just the ticket. However, whilst you scoff, sorry delicately nibble, fig bakewells, pear and almond tartlets and lemon cheesecake, your mini ones will be going ga-ga for Grover’s Children’s Tea. Banana sandwiches, miniature knickerbocker glories and double chocolate brownie cornets are just three of the treats on this clever kids menu. Served alongside a hot milk or fresh juice, tots can even take home their very own Grover to soothe them into sugary slumber.
Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN
One Aldwych London
From glorious golden chocolate eggs to playful homemade candyfloss, every item on the ingenious Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale. Fit for kids and adults alike, this fantastic tea is a real treat. Sip away on retro-bottled chocolate caramel milkshakes and feat not traditional scones are not forgotten. Be sure to avoid the Verruca Salt sulks and book in advance for this popular family afternoon tea. Mum’s be sure to sip on a celebratory Cocktail Charlie, under 12s can enjoy the menu for a reduced £29.
1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London this Mother’s Day weekend why not head to Hertfordshire’s The Grove. This sublime child-friendly hotel has every aspect covered from milk and cookies on arrival to 300 plush acres for the kids to explore. If Mothering Sunday is sun-filled why not take a family picnic in one of the five picnic areas around the hotel or if the nippy weather is set to continue, skip inside to enjoy a silver tiered afternoon tea. Set inside the stylish lounges of the hotel, each bites of The Grove’s Quintessential Afternoon tea will delight – Mums be sure to sneak an extra caramelised rum banana cake laden with caramel custard and peanut cream – pure Mother’s Day indulgence.
Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG
Photo credit: York & Albany