London: afternoon tea venues

A selection of London's most unusual and stylish private spaces for groups to enjoy afternoon tea.

London: afternoon tea venues
London: afternoon tea venues

As featured in C&IT's Venue London guide

 

The Orangery, The Fan Museum

Perfectly themed for spring and summer events, the unusual museum in Greenwich - home to a collection of more than 3,500 fans dating back to the 11th century - offers a quirky taste of culture alongside homemade cakes. Groups of up to 30 can take a guided tour of the museum, before enjoying scones and cake in the venue's pretty Orangery. Venue hire is £350 plus VAT for four hours (waived for groups taking a tour at £5 per head), with tea at £6 per head.

www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

Perrier-Jouet Lounge, Dukes London

Best for Champagne teas, up to 20 delegates can enjoy celebratory events at Dukes' new PJ Lounge, in a cobbled courtyard off St James's in Mayfair. The space aims to combine British tradition with Belle Epoque- era Parisian chic. Along with the classic sandwich-and-scone fare, reward delegates with a choice of five Champagne cocktails or - for VIPs - a £195 tea with refined ingredients including Royal Beluski caviar and saffron madeleines.

www.dukeshotel.com

The Masonic Temple, Andaz Liverpool Street


Rumoured to have been a possible haunt of Jack the Ripper, and boasting 12 types of Italian marble, the Andaz's atmospheric Greek Masonic temple will provide plenty of conversation-starters for groups indulging in afternoon tea. The 100-year-old space is accessed by a winding staircase and mahogany-panelled anteroom, and boasts impressive marble columns and a zodiac ceiling. Celebrate the venue's centenary this year with a Champagne tea from £36 per person.

www.andaz.hyatt.com

The Mirror Room, No.11 Cadogan Gardens

Incentive groups reflecting on a successful year should look no further than this new hotel's striking Mirror Room. Up to ten delegates can enjoy tea in the quirky space, with a chequered floor and mirror-panelled walls and ceiling, starting at £22 a head. For larger groups, the main restaurant with space for 70, the bar for 26, or the Drawing Room for 20 are also available to add a touch of vintage glamour to the occasion.

www.cadogan-hotel-london.com

 

Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Fortnum & Mason

With a 300-year history of selling tea, there's no denying the legendary store's expertise. Entice delegates away from the food floor to enjoy afternoon tea in style. The former fourth-floor St James's Restaurant has been refurbished and renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, with capacity for 240 delegates. The Classic Afternoon Tea is £38 per person plus service charge. Alternatively, opt for High Tea, with savoury treats such as Welsh rarebit or poached eggs.

www.fortnumandmason.com

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