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10 of the UK's best afternoon teas

Days OutBauer XcelTravel, UK, Tea
10 of the UK's best afternoon teas

For tea lovers

Afternoon teas at the Mandarin Oriental in London take place in the Rosebery, a beautiful airy setting with bespoke crockery on birdcage stands. If you feel like treating yourself further, you can choose the 'Teamaster' selection to enjoy three varieties from the rare tea list.

Room with a view

Located on the 35th floor of The Shard, the Shangri-La Hotel provides a tranquil environment to enjoy a cuppa, with 360-degree views over the Thames, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The Asian Inspired Afternoon Tea included exotic sweet treats and savouries, including steamed vegetable gyozas and steamed prawn dumplings.

Scouse secret

Oh me oh My, Liverpool, is a grand tea house in the heart of Liverpool's City Centre, located within West Africa House, the former Bank of West Africa. Guests can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches as well as mini croque monsieurs, vanilla creme brûlée and other tea time treats.

Fit for a Queen

The Midland Hotel is situated in the heart of Manchester's city centre. Over the course of its 100-year history, the hotel has played host to Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers and rock stars. The Midland is proud of its indulgent afternoon tea, which is prepared with love and passion.

Taste of Hollywood

The Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh,  began its reputation as a venue for the rich and famous and locals alike in 1903. With a guest list reading like a who's who of the silver screen, the original hotel played host to Hollywood stars from Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Elizabeth Taylor, to Bing Crosby and Sir Sean Connery.
The tea showcases decadent sweets, savoury freshly cut finger sandwiches, a homemade selection of scones and more than 35 loose leaf teas to choose from.

Victorian charm

Warren House is a magnificent Victorian private house, set within beautiful landscaped gardens in Surrey. Ideally located in Kingston-upon-Thames next to Richmond Park, Warren House combines the convenience of a London location with the peace and quiet of a beautiful country house.

Smart setting

Situated within the lower 23 floors of the stunning 47-storey Beetham Tower, the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel has spectacular views. Take the express lift to Cloud 23 for afternoon tea in the sky where floor-to-ceiling windows offer jaw-dropping views across the cityscape. With its sensual, contemporary design and stylish soundtrack, Cloud 23 Bar creates an atmosphere for afternoon tea like no other.

On a bus

The BB Bakery’s vintage London Routemaster takes guests on a tour of central London, past the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and more. Whilst on the tour, each guest will be able to enjoy high tea accompanied with an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries.

American inspired

Situated in Soho, BRGR.CO offers a delicious American take on the quintessentially English tea. Rather than the classic cucumber sandwiches and scones, they offer mini burgers, iced tea and doughnuts in a casual, quirky setting.

Tea in a castle

Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire, is a magnificent Tudor castle set in extensive gardens and parkland. King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed here in 1535 and Queen Mary I lived there for several years. Much of the original 16th Century building still remains and is now a luxury hotel with fascinating historical details such as coats of arms, intricate oriel windows and ornate carved ceilings.


  • All these afternoon teas and more are bookable via, the online home of afternoon tea.