Five of the best... London afternoon teas for groups

A luxurious afternoon tea provides a relaxed atmosphere for business events or incentives. C&IT has selected five of London's best venues to indulge in this tradition.

The Dorchester: One of London's top destinations for afternoon tea
The Dorchester: One of London's top destinations for afternoon tea

The Dorchester

The Dorchester hotel serves a variety of afternoon teas in the grand hall of The Promenade, the largest of which can accommodate 62. In addition to its traditional teas, which run five times a day, the hotel offers a Champagne option, as well as a summer ice-cream tea and, topically, a Wimbledon tea with tennis-themed pastries (available until the tournament ends on 12 July).
Prices start at £49

Candella Tea Room

A small tearoom located near Kensington Gardens, The Candella Tea Room serves homemade scones, sandwiches and cakes. It offers more than 100 types of tea from across the world, in addition to a wide selection of coffee blends. As well as taking table reservations, the venue can be privately hired for groups of up to 24 or used as a caterer for outside events.
Prices start at £15.95

The Lanesborough

Following refurbishments, Hyde Park Corner’s The Lanesborough will reopen in July under the Oetker Collection. Before the hotel closed in late 2013, its afternoon tea was judged worthy of the UK Tea Council’s 'Award of Excellence’ three years in a row. The new tea option will include the services of a tea sommelier, to offer information and advice on tea selections.
Prices start at £42

Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s

For a more eccentric option, Mr Fogg’s Residence is a cocktail bar, themed around the travels of Phileas Fogg - the hero of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. Its 'Tipsy Tea' experience offers two-hour slots on Friday and Saturday afternoons, where attendees can enjoy tea-infused Champagne-and-gin cocktails served with a selection of sandwiches and cakes. This Inception Group venue is also available for private events accommodating up to 150 attendees, while its recently opened garden can cater for up to 30.
Prices start at £38

Palm Court at The Langham

Set within The Langham hotel, Palm Court’s afternoon tea dates back to the start of this high society tradition, 150 years ago. It offers a wide selection of cakes and pastries, created by Cherish Finden - the 2012 winner of the Craft Guild of Chef's Pastry Chef of the Year award. The venue also offers ’Tea Therapy’ packages, which combine afternoon tea with a morning spa experience at The Langham’s Chuan Spa and a Chinese tea ritual in the spa’s contemplation room.
Prices start at £47


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