Where to Enjoy 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.
CLASSIC WITH A TWIST: THE PETERSHAM
Petersham Nurseries has launched a delicious Afternoon Tea within the elegant setting of The Petersham.
Discover quintessential English classics such as milk bun sandwiches and scones, alongside Italian dolci of crisp cannoli and warm bombolini. An accompanying Tea Tails menu offers light, botanical, tea-infused cocktails including elderflower and chamomile and cardamom and rose.
Available Thursday to Sunday from 3:30pm until 5pm.
FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS: BALTHAZAR
This spring, Balthazar have launched a brand new FLOWERBX X Balthazar Afternoon Tea in collaboration with online flower delivery service, FLOWERBX. Diners will enjoy a selection of cakes that represent the season's most exquisite flowers and seasonal blooms. Served from 3pm - 5.30pm Monday to Friday, until 5pm on Saturday and 6.30pm on Sunday.
Diners can expect delicious floral treats such Apple and Blackberry Tulip, Coconut and Yuzu Hydrangea and Balthazar Raspberry Rose as well more traditional fresh finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of fragrant teas.
From £29.95 per person. Add a glass of Champagne or the FLOWERBX Fizz cocktail for £39.95 per person.
THE BEST OF BRITISH: THE IVY MARKET GRILL
Served daily from 3pm until 5pm, The Ivy Market Grill’s Afternoon Tea menu offers three tiers for any occasion; Cream Tea at £8.75, Afternoon Tea at £19.75 and Champagne Afternoon Tea at £27.50.
Whether you choose to sit outside on the terrace overlooking Covent Garden’s Piazza or cosy-up inside the sophisticated interior, The Ivy Market Grill never ceases to delight.
A selection of sweet and savoury treats, teas and coffees occupy the menu. Savoury favourites include the truffled chicken brioche roll and marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwich, whilst warm fruited scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve sit alongside a mouth-watering chocolate and salted caramel mousse and crème brûlée doughnut.
THE FRENCH ONE: Ladurée
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.
At £27.50 per person, you can enjoy Ladurée tea, coffee or hot chocolate and a range of finger sandwiches, mini croissants, pastries and of course; Ladurée’s famous French macarons.
Don’t leave without trying the Pistachio Religieuse, a delightful layered puff pastry filled with whipped white chocolate pistachio ganache and pistachio mousseline.
THE CHAMPIONS OF AFTERNOON TEA: WHITTARD OF CHELSEA
Downstairs at Whittard of Chelsea’s flagship Covent Garden store, you’ll find their Tea Bar, which is dedicated to the art of afternoon tea. It’s a veritable feast of sandwiches, mini cakes and scones, all served with a tea of your choice from the world-class range.
As self-confessed champions of afternoon tea, Whittard set out to redefine the ritual; starting with the scones and moving onto the sandwiches, the cakes, savouries, fine china and of course the teas themselves. Where else in London would you find a choice of 100 leaf teas?
Plus, they’ve now decided to serve it all day long – who said afternoon tea was just for afternoons?
MADE WITH LOVE: SWEETHEART CAKES
Located on the lower ground level of The Market Building, Sweetheart Cakes is inspired by a authentic home kitchen and offers fresh and pure treats all prepared and baked in store.
Enjoy homemade scones, jams, tarts and tea alongside Sweetheart’s signature cupcakes whilst you sit and enjoy the classical music performances in the South Wells; a true Covent Garden afternoon tea experience.
Don’t forget to pick up some cupcakes on your way out, the perfect treat for later!
FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT: FRENCHIE COVENT GARDEN
They may not be considered a typical ‘afternoon tea’ staple, but we just couldn’t go without giving an honourable mention to Frenchie’s bacon scones with maple syrup and Cornish clotted cream. Baked fresh daily, the scones are a delicious alternative to a full-blown afternoon tea, and tickle both sweet and savoury tastebuds.
Order them with some tea, coffee or wash them down with something a little stronger; Frenchie’s signature Hazelnutini or Figatella cocktail. And for afters, there’s always Frenchie’s desserts - try the lemon and passionfruit tart with speculoos ice cream or chocolate malt lollipop with treacle ice cream.
THE LUXE ONE: CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON
Illuminated by a spectacular Baccarat chandelier and accompanied by uplifting melodies from a Steinway piano, the Crystal Moon Lounge offers an idyllic atmosphere for afternoon tea.
A range of specially commissioned, hand-painted bone china by Richard Brendon, arrives laden with finger sandwiches, scones and fine pastries and cakes, while an antique Champagne trolley is wheeled to each table to initiate the afternoon tea service. A glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne in a decadent Baccarat crystal flute completes the indulgent experience.
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