Afternoon tea is one of my favourite things in life and it’s something we indulge in often for special occasions and on days out or short breaks away. It’s something I love to share with the children but it’s really hard to find options for traditional afternoon teas that cater for children.
Child friendly afternoon tea
I love going for afternoon tea as a family and doing it as an event we can share together. With tiered cake stands and tiny cakes plus scones with cream and jam. It’s such a british tradition and something I love involving the children in. But, when the adults have that beautiful, traditional afternoon tea experience, I want the children to have the same experience on a smaller scale – not just giving them a scone or a slice of cake. I’m always looking for the best family friendly afternoon teas.
So I’ve scoured the hotels, restaurants, cafes and tea rooms across London to find ones that have afternoon tea options for children. Ones that offer an actual afternoon tea for kids rather than a cream tea option that you could buy for your children and there are plenty of themed afternoon teas available too.
Children’s Afternoon Teas London
Bluebird Chelsea – 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU
Tiny Tea – A selection of afternoon tea sandwiches along with a strawberry jammy dodger, mini brownie and Malteser milkshake complete with whipped cream and popping candy. Plus mini scones with jam. All served with a choice apple juice, orange juice or milk.
When: School holidays only. 3pm – 4:30pm
Cost: £14.95 per child up to age 10. Adults from £29.50.
Aqua Shard – Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
Peter Pan Afternoon Tea – Based on J.M Barrie’s much loved novel, the afternoon tea will be a fitting tribute to the author and his fictional characters. A savoury selection of traditional finger sandwiches with a creative twist. A chicken sandwich wrapped in paper denoting the four ‘Lost Boy Rules’, an ‘Enormous Mushroom Chimney’ – mushroom-shaped bread and a ‘Codfish’ Captain Hook cod brandade croquette.
There are warm scones hidden in a treasure chest served with apricot marmalade and coconut clotted cream. Plus a Tinkerbell Cookie, Peter Pan’s Secret Hollow Tree Entrance chocolate cake, Tick-Tock the Crocodile in a raspberry and rooibos jelly and Hook’s Perish Cake. All served on a Captain James Hook’s Pirate Ship shaped cake stand.
Cost: £52 per person with champagne upgrades available. In partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, £2 from each afternoon tea sold will be donated to help seriously ill children who are treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
One Aldwych Hotel – 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea – This afternoon tea inspired by Roald Dahl’s iconic story features fizzy lifting drinks, snozzberry jam, chocolate swudge milkshake mixed by waterfall. It’s a culinary adventure where you can indulge your inner child and adventure into the magical, mouth-watering world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Kids love it.
There are savouries like the not-quite-as-it-seems salmon and beetroot macaron and juicy roast beef and horseradish, plus fabulously fluffy floss and a box stacked high with wondrous cakes, sweets, mallows and creams – all washed down with chocolate or lemon sherbet tea.
When: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Cost: £35 per child up to 12 years old. Adults from £52.
The Ampersand Hotel – 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER
Kids Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea – A stone’s throw from the Science Museum and Natural History Museum, the kids’ sci-fi afternoon tea at the Ampersand features jellies served in petri dishes and let’s you bite the heads off chocolate spacemen whilst crunching through edible fossils.
There are mini hot dogs, rocket cheese straws and favourites like jam sandwiches and scones with cream and jam. Everything is served on a rocket-shaped stand, with dry ice shooting out the bottom. Children will leave feeling one step closer to the stars!
Served with spaceman hot chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles.
When: Monday to Saturday 12.30 – 9pm, Sunday 12.30 – 7pm
Cost: £31.50 per child. Adults Science Afternoon Tea from £44.50 per person.
Thames Foyer at the Savoy – Strand, London WC2R 0EZ
Afternoon Tea – A selection of sandwiches served with a smoked salmon and cream cheese roulade and a selection of pastries. Teddy marshmallow cookies, jam roly poly swiss roll, chocolate brownie bites and a banoffee doughnut macaroon.
When: Monday – Tuesday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm, Wednesday – Sunday: 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Cost: £37.50 per child. Adults afternoon tea from £65.
Chesterfield Mayfair – 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5EB
The Original Sweetshop Afternoon Tea – Includes a selection of cheese and tomato, chocolate, cucumber and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and jam sandwiches along with fruit and chocolate chip scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam and a selection of delicious pastries and delights.
When: Monday – Sunday 12.30 – 5.30pm
Cost: £31 per child. Adults afternoon tea from £55 per person
The Milestone Hotel – 1 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL
Children’s Afternoon Tea – A selection of dainty finger sandwiches served with plain and sultana mini scones with clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve. Plus, a selection of Right Royal Cakes – Mrs T’s cheesecake, a Nutella cone, dark chocolate and hazelnut brownie, a banoffee slice all served with a choice of soft drinks, milkshakes or hot chocolate.
When: Three settings daily, 1pm – 3pm, 3pm – 5pm and 5pm – 7pm
Cost: £27 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £58 per person.
The Potion Room – 20 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SJ
Afternoon Tea – This Cutter and Squidge afternoon tea is one of the most immersive afternoon tea experiences in London. Get cloaked up, and then take your seat at the school-style desks and await your Potions Master. In this potion class, they will have you whisking up potions and other concoctions in no time.
A welcome drink of Galaxy Juice followed by a potion of Hubble Bubble, a lemon inspired potion.
There’s a selection of sandwiches, rock cakes served with clotted cream and jam plus so many treats. Butterscotch Biskie, Knickerbocker Bite and lots of surprises too! All served with tea or pumpkin juice.
Cost: From £39.50 for kids and £49.50 for adults. VIP tickets also available.
The Lanesborough – Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea – A selection of finger sandwiches served with a variety of pastries. Cherry and chocolate chip cupcake, salted caramel and popcorn cupcake, floral hoop cookie and homemade plain and raisin scone served with cream and jam. All served with fresh fruit juice or hot chocolate and marshmallows.
When: Monday to Thursday: 2.30pm to 4.00pm, Friday to Sunday: 12pm to 4.00pm
Cost: £30 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £55 per person.
Peggy Porschen Belgravia – 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ
Peggy Porschen Chelsea – 219 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EJ
Little Love is in the Air Afternoon Tea –
Two finger sandwiches, a cupcake, a raspberry jam heart biscuit and a plain scone served with cream and jam. All served with a drink of your choice – fresh juice, lemonade or hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.
When: 1pm – 4:30pm daily.
Cost: £20 per child up to 12 years old. Adult afternoon tea from £45.
The Rubens at the Palace – 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS
Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea – This Prince and Princess tea includes selection of sandwiches, plain and honey and white chocolate scones served with fruit preserve and clotted cream plus a selection of pastries. Millionaire choux bun, custard cream cookie and lemon drizzle cake. All served with a milkshake or hot chocolate.
When: Tea served Monday – Friday & Sunday: 12pm – 5pm, Saturdays: 12pm – 6pm
Cost: £25 per child up to 12 years old. Adults from £60 per person.
The Wizard Exploratorium – 26 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DE
Wizard Afternoon Tea – This is a bewitching afternoon tea experience where magic wands are used to brew interactive teas and fantastical treats. Experience the subtle science of tea brewing, molecular gastronomy, and technology all in an immersive tea experience where children can pretend they’re Harry Potter! The perfect treat for Harry Potter fans!
Includes a scone and a selection of sandwiches and desserts. There will be things you’ve never tried or even heard of before, creating this otherworldly tea extravaganza!
Cost: £32 for children up to 12 years old. £42 for adults.
Brigit’s Bakery Bus Tours – Departs from Trafalgar, Victoria Coach Station or Somerset House
Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour – This super special Peppa Pig themed afternoon tea menu will delight kids and grown-ups whilst you take in the best views of Central London, taking you past Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, Nelson’s Column, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Borough Market, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and more. This is complete with a Peppa Pig guided animation of the London tour along with sing-a-long songs that the whole family will enjoy.
Afternoon tea includes a selection of Peppa Pig themed sandwiches, veggie crudite and breadsticks with hummus and mini margherita pizzas followed by a selection of mini cakes and tarts. Peppa Pig’s Cookie Shortbread, Suzy Sheep’s Chocolate Truffle, Mummy Pig’s Strawberry Macaron, George’s Seasonal Fruit Tart, Rebecca Rabbit’s Carrot Cupcake and Granny Pig’s Mini Scone. All served with water, coffee or hot chocolate.
When: Thursday to Sunday
Cost: £35 per child and £45 per adult. Classic Afternoon Tea package also available.
The Dorchester – Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
Children’s Afternoon Tea – Why should the grown-ups have all the fun? The Dorchester offer a delicious afternoon tea for little ones to enjoy featuring a fanciful feast of milkshakes, bitesize sandwiches and cakes.
When: 11am – 6pm daily.
Cost: £35 per child – aged 7 – 12. Complimentary dining for children aged six and under. Adult afternoon tea from £70.
Mandarin Oriental – 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Children’s Afternoon Tea – A selection of sandwiches served with handmade pastries – Milk chocolate and hazelnut pistachio cupcake, a variety of lollies, Mont Blanc tart, snowman and mini scones served with clotted cream and jam. All served with a choice of hot drinks.
When: 12pm – 6:30pm daily
Cost: £42 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £63.
Reform Social and Grill – Mandeville Place, London W1U 2BE
Mini Afternoon Tea – Smooth peanut butter and jam sandwich, fish finger and ketchup sandwich, BBQ chicken slider, fruit and chocolate chip scone, strawberry milkshake with gingerbread man dipper, chocolate and marshmallow lollipop, jelly and custard pot and a Reform jammy dodger.
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm – 5:30pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5:30pm
Cost: £12.50 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £26.50 per person
Claridge’s – Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
Children’s Afternoon Tea – A selection of sandwiches – Clarence Court duck egg mayonnaise, Lincolnshire Poacher cheddar cheese, Dorrington gammon, corn-fed organic chicken and raspberry jam. All served with freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of pastries. Raspberry tart, blueberry choux, dark chocolate happy face and a vanilla ice cream cone. Plus hot chocolate.
When: Daily between 2.45 – 5.30pm
Cost: £45 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £75 per person
Rosewood Hotel – 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Children’s Art Afternoon Tea – Treat your little ones to a playful and imaginative alternative to the adult Art Afternoon Tea. Equipped with a painter’s palette, children will be able to enjoy finger sandwiches and art-inspired pastries.
The children’s afternoon tea features a silver tray of painter’s tools including a painter’s palette and paint tubes filled with jam and lemon meringue. Two freshly baked scones with clotted cream plus palette knives for spreading toppings. All served with a fruit smoothie, a full sized classic pastry and a full sized art afternoon tea pastry.
When: Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Cost: £35 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £65.
Sanderson Hotel – 50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T3NG
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea -Tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination, inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland. There’s no excuse to be late for this very important date.
Accompanied with teapots adorned with kings and queens, the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is full of sweet treats and savoury delights to tantalise your taste buds. Featuring Alice’s Exotic Fruits “Drink Me” potion, White Rabbit cucumber and cream cheese sandwich and plain ham or cheese sandwiches plus Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger, mocha chessboard gateau Tweedle Dee lemon curd fancie, Mad March Hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon, Chocolate and pistachio Blue Caterpillar, Mad Hatters lost carrot and fennel meringue and Sanderson’s warm scones served with Cornish clotted cream and fruit preserve.
When: Monday – Saturday, 12:30pm to 4pm and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm
Cost: £35 per child – 4-11 years old. £48 per adult.
The Dilly – 21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH
Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea – Bring to life the classic Beatrix Potter story with a delightful selection of tasty themed treats and teas for children and adults in this Peter Rabbit afternoon tea.
On a journey through the world of Beatrix Potter you’ll explore Mr McGregor’s Garden with a vegetable garden baguettini, Hill Top House with a traditional ham and cheese sandwich and wnjoy Farmyard Friends – devilled eggs on basil bread.
This all comes with fluffy chocolate and raspberry scones served with clotted cream and sweet jam plus a Flower Pot Hideout – edible chocolate pot with chamomile mousse, blackberry, chocolate mud and sponge cake, a Naughty Rabbit macaron and Every Bunny’s Favourite moist carrot cake. All served with hot chocolate, fruit juice or Peter Rabbit themed mocktails.
When: Monday-Sunday 12:30pm to 5pm
Cost: £35 per child. £45 for adults.
Full details here
The Park Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel- 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN
Grover’s Children’s Tea – This enchanting children’s tea comes complete with a toy Grover dog to take home. The tea features a Victoria cupcake with raspberry filling, a double chocolate brownie cornet, fresh fruit skewer with yogurt, mini knickerbocker glory plus a selection of sandwiches all with a choice of hot drink or fruit juice.
Cost: £30 per child up to 12 years old. Adult afternoon tea from £55.50 per person.
The Drawing Room at Brown’s Hotel – 33 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BP
Jungle Book Afternoon Tea – A selection of jungleicious finger sandwiches served with a Leafy Lollipop, Tropic shake, ‘Roar’ange chocolate biscuit, Raspberry ripple jungle roll and a Tigerrific selection of fruit and homemade scone served with jam & clotted cream. With fresh fruit juice or hot chocolate.
When: 12pm – 5.30pm daily
Cost: £32.50 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £65.
St Ermin’s Hotel – Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QW
Kids Afternoon Tea – An afternoon tea for little ones, full of seasonal treats. A selection of sandwiches with white chocolate and orange mousse, chocolate beehive with chocolate bee and biscuit, vanilla cupcake with buttercream icing and plain scones with strawberry jam and cream. All served with apple juice.
When: School holidays only. 12pm to 5pm.
Cost: £22 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £34 per person.
The Langham Hotel – 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London GB W1B 1JA
Children’s Afternoon Tea – Create your own Jammie Dodger whilst enjoying jigsaw sandwiches and a selection of surprising sweet treats. Served with Apple hibiscus tea, hot chocolate or fresh fruit juice.
When: Thursday to Sunday, 12:30pm – 5pm
Cost: £29.50 per child up to 12 years old. Adult afternoon tea from £65 per person.
The Tea Terrace – Ground Floor, House of Fraser, 318 Oxford Street, London W1C 1HF
The Tea Terrace – 2nd Floor, House of Fraser, 101 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QX
Afternoon Tea Party – Three brioche rolls filled with cheese and tomato, chicken sausage and ketchup, and ham and tomato (or have cucumber & cream cheese instead). Served with a little teacup filled with chunky chips! Followed by a plain scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Finish with three delightful mini cupcakes that melt in your mouth all served with a delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream, or a pot of tea.
When: Served from 11:00am each day.
Cost: £18.95 Per child. Adult afternoon tea starts at £25.45 or £9.65 for a cream tea. You also have the option to book to use the Cinderella Carriage with a usage fee of £12.95 per person with an additional minimum spend requirement of £21 per person for adults or £13 for children under 12 years.
Egerton House Hotel – 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX
White Rabbit Afternoon Tea – A fine selection of sandwiches and freshly baked white rabbit scones, all accompanied by a choice of tea or hot chocolate. It includes a rich chocolate orange brownie, an ice cream sandwich and “Drink Me” mocktails.
Cost: £30 per child up to 12 years old. Adults from £58.
Orange Pekoe – 3 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London SW13 0PX
Children’s Afternoon Tea – An assortment of freshly cut finger sandwiches served with one plain or sultana scone served warm with clotted cream and homemade jam plus a choice of seasonal cake from the counter. All served on a three-tiered cake stand.
When: 2pm to 5pm daily
Cost: £15 per child and £22.95 for adults.
The Harrods Tea Room – 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Harrods Bear Tea Party Afternoon Tea – S selection of sandwiches served with miniature scones filled with clotted cream and strawberry jam, a lemon meringue beehive tart, a Harrods Bear cookie, a raspberry marshmallow Harrods Bear dipped in ruby chocolate, a vanilla confetti Harrods Bear cupcake and strawberry milk all served with a choice of hot drink.
When: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 7pm, Friday to Sunday 12pm to 8pm.
Cost: £33 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £62.
Corinthia Hotel – Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD
Kids Afternoon Tea – Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches plus plain and sultana scones with strawberry, rhubarb and Litsea cubeba jam and clotted cream as well as a selection of seasonal sweets. Citrus tart, pistachio mousse, milk chocolate, pecan and malt eclair, mango pineapple mousse, cranachan truffles, marshmallows and hazelnut cake.
When: Monday to Friday 2pm-6pm, Saturday to Sunday 1pm-7pm
Cost: £30 per child up to 12 years old. Adults from £60.
City Cruises – Afternoon Tea Cruises on the River Thames – Tower Pier, London EC3N 4DT
For something different, why not do an afternoon tea cruise on the Thames? Includes a selection of sandwiches, mini pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam.
When: Boarding at 3:15pm and cruising 3:30pm to 5pm
Cost: £29 per child up to 12 years old and £39 for adults.
Sherlock’s Mind Palace Afternoon Tea and Mini Mystery – Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8PP
Test your skills of deduction with an original case to crack as you work together as a team to solve the mini mystery quiz on a trip down Baker Street whilst indulging in a delicious afternoon tea.
The afternoon tea includes freshly made savouries like cream cheese salmon pretzels plus a selection of homemade sweets – hazelnut choux buns, black forest cupcakes and lemon tarts. Plus scones with clotted cream and jam.
When: Saturdays and Sundays
Cost: £35 per person, age 10+
I hope that has given you some kids afternoon teas inspiration. I’ve tried to put together the best London afternoon tea with kids options and it’s definitely helped me to find more places to try – and we already have a couple of afternoon tea dates pencilled in the diary! Nothing quite meets a tray of homemade cakes, warm scones served straight from the oven and an extensive loose leaf tea menu!
I’ve included just the basic cost for adult afternoon tea – as this post was obviously all about the children! But, all of the afternoon tea spots above had other afternoon tea options available and many were served daily. You can upgrade to champagne afternoon tea in most places or have a glass of Prosecco, a G&T or a cocktail in others.
I also haven’t included Fortnum and Mason’s Children’s Afternoon Tea London as, despite many websites referencing it, there no longer seems to be a children’s afternoon tea available. If this changes, I’ll add it once again as an option for afternoon tea in London for families.
There’s always the option to have afternoon tea delivered too and this article might help:
If there’s anywhere I’ve missed that you know does a wonderful afternoon tea for children please do get in touch and let me know.