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.
THE LUXE ONE: CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON
While London is enjoying beautifully long summer days, why not take afternoon tea in the 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.
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 £45 per person (£55 with Champagne), you can enjoy Ladurée tea, coffee or hot chocolate and two lunch-sized pâtisseries, two homemade scones, four finger sandwiches and of course; two of Ladurée’s famous French macarons.
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?
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.
FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT: FRENCHIE
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.
NOT JUST ANY AFTERNOON TEA: MARIAGE FRÈRES
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.
Served daily in the beautiful three-floor flagship on King Street in Covent Garden.
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