Turkey and all the trimmings is all well and good, but December indulgence shouldn’t be restricted to the big day. Take your seasonal sarnies up a gear, add some snowflakes to your scones, and mull everything in sight – because things are just better when they’re festive.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas afternoon teas in London – from the most traditional of teatime spreads, to one-off festive fancies.
Festive tipsy evening tea Book The Sanderson
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson, Fitzrovia
The Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea has earned itself a stellar reputation as one of the quirkiest afternoon teas in London. They’ve now taken things to another level with the addition of 2 very enticing words – ‘festive’ and ‘tipsy.’ Breaking from tradition as ever, this afternoon tea is served in the evening, and includes cocktail, and sweet and savoury creations with the signature Wonderland twist. The likes of smoked salmon tartlet with caviar, and Alice’s naughty rum ‘Drink Me’ potion beat a glass of eggnog and a mince pie hands down.
Snow White and the Winter Forest Afternoon Tea – £45 Book The Waldorf
The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych
Tea at The Waldorf is special any time of the year, but dining amidst chandeliers and historic splendour at Christmas is quite something. Sticking with the view that it’s the season to indulge, sip on an unlimited supply of champagne alongside roasted turkey sandwiches with cranberry chutney, warm Waldorf mince pies, and gingerbread man sandwiches with cream cheese filling.
Festive Afternoon Tea with free-flowing Chapel Down £50 Book The Sheraton Grand
Sheraton Grand, Park Lane
Showered with praise by the ultimate-authority Tea Guild, The Palm Court at Sheraton Grand brings an intricate Christmas twist to its afternoon tea. As well as spiced turkey with cranberry chutney on brioche, enjoy apple cinnamon scones and seasonal pastries.
Afternoon tea and free-flowing prosecco, £29 Book The Tea Lounge at St Ermin’s
The Tea Lounge at St Ermin’s, Westminster
Adding a festive twist to their afternoon tea, The Tea Lounge at St Ermin’s is a timelessly chic setting all year round. Seasonal delights include spiced cookie mousse with a chocolate sponge, and almond sponge with mulled fruits and brandy butter cream.
Christmas afternoon tea £80 Book sketch
sketch – Gallery, Mayfair
Ruler of eccentricity, sketch hosts its Christmas afternoon tea in the sugar-pink Gallery, where its luxury dainties are served to a backdrop of David Shrigley artwork and a mind-bending light show for the festive season. As well as finger sandwiches and scones, festive-themed sweets include cinnamon & chocolate tart, and blood orange & walnut cake.
Festive champagne afternoon tea £85 Book The Dorchester
The Promenade at The Dorchester, Park Lane
Yuletide cheer doesn’t get more luxurious than at 5-star The Dorchester’s impeccable afternoon tea hideaway, The Promenade. Perfectly formed seasonal dainties are fashioned to resemble gifts, trees and miniature baubles, and the classic sandwiches and scones are on hand to make the experience a true homage to tradition.
Christmas afternoon tea £35 Book The Capital
The Capital, Knightsbridge
Another Tea Guild award-winner, independent 5-star hotel The Capital presents a tea from acclaimed pasty chef, Claire Clark. As well as the traditional scones and savouries, expect intricate festive treats.
Christmas afternoon tea £40 Book Kona
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Victoria
Purveyor of magical themed afternoon teas, Kona is found within the immaculate Taj 51 Buckingham Gate. In a dining room filled with plush furnishings and eclectic artwork, guests can enjoy one of London’s most treasured traditions just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. Feast on treats including a marshmallow snowman, a chocolate log, and champagne & cranberry jelly.