Afternoon Tea is the perfect cherry on the cake to a family day out, and with it being Afternoon Tea Week this week (13-19 August) as well as the school holidays, now is the perfect time to take your little ones for this ultimate experience.
Traditionally , taken in the afternoon between 12 – 5.30pm, it’s a great way to finish off a day of shopping or sightseeing, a special treat say for a birthday or just a lovely experience with the family. Lots of venues have created special menus with children appetites in mind – some are themed and some that are more of a classic experience.
Here is the Junior in London guide to the top places in London to take afternoon tea with children. Why not book up soon as it’s National Afternoon Tea Week from 12-18 August 2019.
Fortnum & Mason provides a luxurious afternoon tea with immaculate attention, but not too serious proving afternoon tea is no longer just for adults. The children tea aimed at 4-10-year-olds, was described as “just the right size for a child” and looked “very pretty and appetising” by the Afternoon Tea Award judges from the prestigious Afternoon Tea Awards 2018 where it won in the children’s category.
A delious menu featuring light finger sandwiches, plain and fruit scones and a selection of cakes including Jammy dodgers served with the hot chocolate, fruit juice or milk on offer (as an alternatives to tea) and for those children with smaller appetites, a beautifully presented take home box is provided for left overs.
GOOD TO KNOW: Priced from £49.00 per adult and £29.00 per child.
The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea at the Chesterfield Mayfair is an nostalgic trip down memory lane for adults and will get the children just as excited as – well – children in a sweet shop.
An ode to Hard’s Original Sweetshop, rediscover old favourites and traditional treats in delicacies that celebrate old sweets from rhubarb and custard macarons, apple drops, a coca-cola slice and a liquorice all-sorts lemon cheesecake. Chocoholics won’t be disappointed as a decadent chocolate fudge eclair and peanut butter cup are amongst the sweet treats on offer. There’s the option with the children’s menu to enjoy milkshakes alongside the traditional tea offering.
In the heart of exclusive Mayfair, the intimate Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel is a luxury setting for afternoon tea when shopping in Piccadilly, Bond Street, Regent Street or Oxford Street.
GOOD TO KNOW: Priced from £40.00 per adult and £21.50 per child.
For an afternoon tea experience that’s completely out of this world you need to try the Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand. Kids and adults alike can enjoy a range of sweet delicacies that have been crafted in a space theme inspired by the hotel’s South Kensington neighbour, The Science Museum, the Afternoon Tea boasts a star menu of sweet and savoury dishes. It was also crowned ‘Best Themed Afternoon Tea’ at the Afternoon Tea Awards in 2018.
Among lots of other special treats, everyone can discover their inner palaeontologist and dust for mini dinosaur biscuit ‘fossils’ hidden beneath chocolate soil to excavate an edible dinosaur. For adults, if you fancy a tipsy alternative, the Teapot Tails menu sees afternoon tea favourites served alongside a cocktail flight.
GOOD TO KNOW: Offers gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan versions, prices from £39.50 per person or, £49.50 with a glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne.
With beautiful views overlooking the Royal Hyde Park, Park Room at The Grosvenor Hotel offers a seasonal twist on a traditional afternoon tea experience. Offering up the ultimate in British elegance, they have created a delicate menu that is perfect for children featuring an array of delicious treats including a chocolate brownie cornet, and a Victoria cupcake with a raspberry filing.
GOOD TO KNOW: Priced from £42.50 per adult and £15.00 per child
The Milestone Hotel offers up three lovely spaces to enjoy Afternoon Tea in luxurious 5* surroundings. Enjoy in a modern conservatory or a more traditional space. Treat the little treasures in your life to their specially crafted ‘Little Prince and Princess Tea (for children under 12) where they can enjoy a lovely selection of finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones, French pastries, donuts and hot chocolate.
GOOD TO KNOW: Priced from £50.00 per adult and £24.00 per child