Having afternoon tea is one of those cute trends that seems to have gained increasing popularity over the last couple of years. Having a gossipy catch up with your girlfriends over a lovely cuppa and tasty cakes and sandwiches (with the crusts cut off of course) is high up on our list of favourite things.
In honour of National Tea Day (21 April 2018), we’ve partnered with Lastminute.com to round up the UK’s best Top 10 places to have Afternoon Tea.
Over the last 20 years, Lastminute.com has nailed their position as THE platform to go to for booking unforgettable experiences. Through analysis of their customer ratings and booking data they have identified the top 10 places to go for an exceptional afternoon tea experience.
The Top 10
Enjoy an exclusive offer for a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea for two at one of the World’s greatest hotel, famous for its first-class service and luxurious décor. Enjoy a scrumptious selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly-bakes scones, cakes and pastries as well as a selection of loose leaf tea or coffee.
Park visit with Afternoon Tea for Two
Explore the fascinating Bletchley Park, a once top-secret codebreaking HQ during World War Two and the historic birthplace of modern technology. Explore the restored codebreaking huts, the beautiful grounds and historic buildings with an interactive multimedia guide and enjoy the atmospheric soundscapes, galleries and exhibitions before settling in for a delectable Afternoon Tea served in the Mansion Tea Room.
Enjoy a Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at the 5-star Bentley hotel in Kensington & Chelsea, underneath the Peridot Restaurant’s sparkling chandelier. The splendid afternoon tea will consist of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, handmade cakes and pastries with your choice of tea and coffee.
Set in 500 acres of breath-taking land and private gardens with a lake of its own, is the magnificent Coombe Abbey. This original 12th century Cistercian Abbey is the perfect place to indulge in a tasty afternoon tea. A selection of scones, cakes, sandwiches and fine speciality teas will be served for a truly memorable afternoon, fit for Lords and Ladies. This delightful experience will be taken in the Garden Bar of the abbey which offers a stunning glass fronted seating area where visitors enjoy views of the stunning grounds.
Champagne Afternoon Tea for two in The Carnaby Restaurant at the Courthouse Hotel on the famous Regent Street. This Grade II listed building was once a magistrate’s court that saw the trials of many famous people. It now welcomes guests with its stylish interiors, where they serve delightful champagne afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones.
Sparkling Afternoon Tea
The premium sparkling afternoon tea served at Brasserie Blanc allows guests to select from any of its picturesque locations – Charlotte Street in the West End, Belvedere Road on the Southbank, Tower Bridge in the City or Queen Street in Bath, Cabot Circus in Bristol or Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Afternoon Tea is served with Raymond Blanc’s own childhood favourite, Maman Blanc’s lemon drizzle cake, as well as other bakery delights and glass of bespoke French bubbly, Blanc de Blancs.
Kew Gardens Palace
Visit one of London’s most beautiful attractions and enjoy a traditional English treat with a visit to Kew Gardens and Cream Tea for two. The 326-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site features diverse plant life and breath-taking landscapes. After exploring one of the World’s most famous gardens, settle in the Orangery for a cream tea for two including scones and refreshments.
Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise
See London’s riverside sights and enjoy a cruise on the River Thames with Afternoon Tea for Two served on board. Pass the capital’s iconic sites including The Shard, Canary Wharf and the HMS Belfast, while indulging in a delicious afternoon tea of scones, cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee alongside 360-degree views of the City.
Served in the Georgian Restaurant, Afternoon Tea for Two at Harrods is a truly memorable experience in London’s most iconic department store, channelling the glamour of the 1920s and 1930s high society. Opulent surroundings, beautiful design, attentive staff and immaculate tableware will set guests totally at ease to enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and a selection of teas and coffee.
Afternoon Tea and River Cruise in Stratford upon Avon
Experience one of the finest of British traditions in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon and take a relaxed sightseeing tour with this Afternoon Tea and River Cruise for Two in Historic Stratford-upon-Avon. With its charm and contemporary styling, The Arden Hotel is perfect for an afternoon tea treat, before exploring the historic town by boat with sites including the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Holy Trinity Church, and the 15th century Clopton Bridge. Audio tours are available to learn more about the sights and sounds of the Avon.