Who would have thought it was possible to celebrate the pomp and splendour of afternoon tea with kids? London is awash with superb teatime treats suitable for the whole family, from carefully crafted menus to salons suited to babes and tots. Whether it be a pixel-perfect tea for science buffs or gluten-free goodness, we’ve selected ten of the best family-friendly afternoon teas in celebration of Afternoon Tea Week (13-19th August 2018)…
Mini Gardner Tea at St Ermin’s Hotel
A hop, skip and a jump from St James Park lies the St Ermin’s Hotel. Overflowing with flora and fauna, you would think that such lush surrounds would be more akin to the suburbs rather than the inner-city hustle and bustle. This hidden gem of a hotel not only offers a moment of calm but also a children’s afternoon tea inspired by the wonders of St. Ermin’s rooftop kitchen garden. Served in a picket fence ‘garden’ box, the afternoon tea features delights including chocolate and caramel ‘soil’ pots, jam filled tomato sponge cakes and a fresh apple mousse. From plate to patch, little fingers are set to become greener thanks to the special tomato growing pack gifted to each child. £15 per child and the hotel’s urban rooftop beehive offers up an tea with a twist.
Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QW
Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel
Calling all mini biology buffs, chemistry kids and physics fans, have we found an afternoon tea for you! The Ampersand Hotel’s hugely popular Science afternoon tea was inspired by their South Kensington neighbours – the Science Museum. You can expect a mix of exciting and curious dishes, from jams served in petri dishes, to chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits. Each treat is expertly prepared by our chefs, and served with tea, coffee and for thirsty mamas and papas, a cool glass of champagne! With vegetarian and gluten-free versions, this tea really is out of this world. Served from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, from Monday to Friday.
10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER
Hamleys Children’s Afternoon Tea at Palm Court
The Langham was the first hotel to serve afternoon tea and in keeping with their reputation they hit the five star mark with their super Hamleys afternoon tea fit for pint-sized visitors. Rolling out the red carpet at Palm court, this collaborative afternoon tea is not only a riot of colour and fun flavours but is designed to capture the imagination of tiny minds. Jigsaw sandwiches, DIY lemon meringue tarts & dib and dab chocolate encourages little ones to get crafty with each bite. Strawberry and kiwi tea is the perfect caffeine free fix alongside their luxurious hot chocolate. In true toyshop fashion, no one leaves empty handed – each mini guest goes home with a complimentary Hamleys teddy bear. £29.00 per child (12 and under) between middy and 5.30pm.
The Langham, 1C Portland PLace, London, W1B 1JA
Prince and Princess Tea at The Milestone
Headed to West to explore our city’s great museums with the kids this August? Why not round off your day out at The Milestone Hotel for a right royal feast. Between 1st -31st August, your tots can create their very own mini ice-cream sundaes with the Milestone’s celebrated Prince & Princess Afternoon Tea. At £25 per child, under 12s not only have the chance to get creative with ice cream, layering up chocolate, strawberry or vanilla scoops with a selection of colourful confectionary toppings, this regal tea also includes a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones, French pastries and hot chocolate. Super affordable afternoon feasting this summer holiday.
1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL
Grover’s Children’s Tea at The Grovensor
If your idea of a cracking family afternoon 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
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel
Bunny hop over to the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel for a true twist on afternoon tea. Inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland, this children’s classic has been brought to life with a tea party so wacky it would wake even the sleepiest of door mice. With menus hidden inside vintage books and teapots adorned with kings and queens, Sanderson’s Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is brimming with sweet and savoury treats including Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry jammy dodgers, the Hare’s vanilla pocket watch macaroon and just in time for Easter, a celebratory chocolate bunny cake. Kids can wash everything down with Alice’s cinnamon, apple and peach “Drink Me” potion, whilst Mum and Dad can enjoy a well-deserved glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is served daily and is priced from £58 per person and £35 per child (for children 4-11 years old).
Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG
Betty Blythe’s Children’s Tea Parties
Stuck for ideas when it comes to planning a party with a difference for you little ‘un? Betty Blythe’s tea emporium offers an afternoon laced with decorum and delicious cakes! With a dressing up box overflowing with vintage charm, little girls will adore accessorising with 1920s and 30s feathers and fascinators whilst tucking into pink wafer biscuits, popcorn and mini muffins. Add in activities such as jewellery making, biscuit decorating or even tea-set painting for an afternoon tea to remember. Pint-sized starlets round off their teatime fun with a Hollywood style photoshoot…say cheese! Suitable for children over the age of 5 and under the age of 11.
73 Blythe Road, London W14 0HP
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at 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
Sugar-Free Fix at Brown’s Hotel
A sugar and gluten free afternoon tea we hear you cry! Whilst the notion may seem impossible, Brown’s Hotel have nailed it with their super virtuous Tea-Tox and a real find for kids with dietary restrictions. Whilst the menu isn’t specifically designed for kids, their welcoming nature makes a trip with young guests one to enjoy and a favourite of Queen Victoria during her reign. Spinach bread, hummus, cauliflower coucous and miso glazed salmon satisfies the savoury side. For the sweet, Chocolate and banana cake, rose lychee and raspberry chia seed pudding and matcha raspberry cheesecake are all sweet without the sugar fix. Fruit iced tea and antioxidant rich Japanese Matcha are tipples of the day and for kids, juice and water a plenty. At the higher end of the price scale, £55, this one is a family treat but scrumptious one at that!
Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP
Alfresco Afternoon Tea at The Grove
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London, 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. 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 – be sure to sneak an extra caramelised rum banana cake laden with caramel custard and peanut cream – pure family indulgence.
Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG