Afternoon Tea in Covent Garden

Born in London, the ritual of Afternoon Tea has been loved by generations for almost two centuries. Covent Garden is home to some of the very best spots to indulge in tea, cakes, sandwiches and Champagne - what better place to do so than in the historic Covent Garden Piazza.

Whether it’s spoiling a loved one, enjoying some quality mother and daughter time or simply treating yourself (because, why not?), then look no further as we’ve rounded up the best places to enjoy Afternoon Tea in the West End of London.

The Best of British: Ivy Market Grill

Catching up with the parents? Meeting a friend for a spot of shopping? For an afternoon treat in Covent Garden, I highly recommend the Ivy Market Grill for their Champagne Cream Tea which includes freshly baked fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserve - with a glass of Champagne and choice of teas, infusions or coffees.

For those who prefer something a bit more savoury, you can also order off the ‘All Day’ menu including The Prawn & Avocado Open Sandwich or the famous Ivy Shepard’s Pie - with slow braised lamb and beef, red wine sauce, plus cheddar potato mash.

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The French One: Ladurėe

Ladurée’s Afternoon Tea - or should we say, L’heure Du Thé, is served every day in Covent Garden from 12pm until 6pm. It’s the perfect place to treat a loved one with panoramic views across Covent Garden’s West Piazza, and you can even watch the street performers outside St. Paul’s Church.

The iconic Ladurée afternoon tea includes elegant finger sandwiches served on a silver tiered stand, along with delicious mini viennoiseries and stunning cakes - the St Honoré rose framboise, with layers of choux pastry, rose-petal cream and raspberries is a must try.

All to be enjoyed with THOSE signature macarons and a glass (or two) of champagne of course!

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The Petersham

The iconic Petersham Nurseries in Richmond opened an upscale version of their restaurant in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.  

The stunning afternoon tea is served on a bespoke glass blown multi tiered platter - made in the island of Murano. Wild and seasonal flowers adorn the top of the stand, which diners can take home after enjoying delicious Smoked Trout Blinis and Lemon Meringue Tarts alongside Garden Herb Scones with Lobster and Créme Fraîche, alongside Tea and house made jams with a glass or bottle of their signature bubbles.

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Not Just Any Afternoon Tea: Mariage Fréres

From the largest the wall in the world, to a full menu infused with tea this is the place to go for any tea lovers. To fully experience Mariage Frères' first home in the UK it is simply impossible not to try their Afternoon Tea.

On the first floor, diners at the 100-cover Salon de Thé will be seated in the ornate gallery, flooded with daylight from the atrium above and surrounded by an intricate listed heritage balustrade. For the menu, there is an exquisite range of handcrafted sandwiches that are almost too good to eat, ornate cakes that are infused with tea and all the French pastries you can imagine.

For a special treat, pre book their signature Afternoon Tea Experience which includes:

  • Tea-Infused Cuisine: featuring an assortment of savoury French baby bao-burgers
  • Tea-Infused Pâtisserie: featuring an assortment of 3 sweet "amuse-bouches"
  • Parisian Scones: infused with cranberries & Marco Polo tea served warm, accompanied with tea-infused jelly and butter
  • Tea - Hot or Iced

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Served daily in the beautiful three-floor flagship on King Street in Covent Garden.

Discover more Afternoon Tea options

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  • Exclusively at Covent Garden:  Monday-Friday (2pm-4pm) 
  • £65/guest or £80/guest with a glass of Champagne

SUSHISAMBA's new Afternoon Tea Experience is serving up a feast from their top-selling signatures, to a slate of new offerings inspired by the quintessential British teatime. Highlights include: Wagyu Katsu Sliders with heritage carrot slaw and truffle mayo, salmon and yellowtail Gunkan, Crispy Lobster Taquitos, Chocolate Cream Puffs, and the British favourite the Battenberg made with a SUSHISAMBA twist.

The afternoon tea menu is complemented by a wide array of fine teas and Champagne, all beautifully presented on a hand-crafted, bespoke 3-tier tree.

Festive Afternoon Te

Afternoon Tea with an Italian Twist

Perfect for treating family and friends, this is an afternoon tea experience worthy of the ones you love the most, for just £45 per person.

Visit VyTA in Covent Garden for an afternoon tea experience you will not be forgetting any time soon. Indulge in a delicious spread of maritozzo Monday-Wednesdays from 12pm - 4pm, and experience first-hand the blend of English tradition and Italian expertise. You can even add a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut for only £15 to celebrate a special event or.... a regular Tuesday.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Travel back to the nostalgia of your childhood with a trip to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. Discover the classic Roald Dahl tale translated into a flavoursome experience, suitable for the whole family.

In the heart of London’s theatreland, feast on scrumptious savouries such as our not-quite-as-it-seems salmon and beetroot macaron and juicy roast beef and horseradish, then journey on to fabulously fluffy floss and a box stacked high with wondrous cakes, sweets, mallows and creams – all washed down with chocolate or lemon sherbet tea, juicing room mix or water pistol punch cocktails, or fizzy lifting Champagne. Spot on for spectacular special occasions or simply an indulgent afternoon immersed in one of the tastiest tales ever told.

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Tea with a twist: Cinnamon Bazaar

Titans of the culinary world, Vivek Singh, and Great British Bake Off star Tamal Ray, have come together to create a modern, Indian-inspired take on the quintessential classic afternoon tea.

Now on the menu at Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden, the bespoke menu brings fire and spice to the traditional tea-time spread, and is inspired by the duo’s shared family roots in Kolkata, West Benga.



Treat yourself and your loved ones to a delightful Afternoon Tea in Covent Garden at Violas. The Afternoon Tea at Violas has become a fast customer favourite, iconic for it's light and colourful aesthetic. Indulge in a smoked salmon bagel, banana bread toast  or a gorgeous black truffle mushroom and brioche toast. If you like things more on the sweet side, Violas offer a selection of perfectly baked macaroons and gooey brownies, every chocolate-lovers dream.

A serene get away from the bustling streets of Covent Garden, Violas is the perfect place to settle down for a delicious, instagram-abble Afternoon. Delight in a selection of foods and of course wash it down with a warming pot of coffee or tea. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as the Afternoon Tea at Violas is popular, for all the right reasons.

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