Best Children’s Afternoon Teas in London

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Treat your little ones to a special outing at one of London‘s finest (and ‘funnest’) venues for afternoon tea. Whether its science or literary themed or just plain yummy, for an activity everyone in the family can enjoy, book one of London’s best children’s afternoon teas that will entertain, engage and fill up your little ones.

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The Best Children’s Afternoon Teas in London


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Strand Palace

Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop Christmas Afternoon Tea

Looking for a child-friendly afternoon tea to take your little ones to this Christmas? Head to Strand Palace, which has launched a festive offering inspired by the heritage of long-standing Covent Garden toy shop Benjamin Pollock’s. Served in the art deco-style Haxells tearoom, the experience will include a selection of seasonal sandwiches, with fillings such as spiced winter pumpkin with whipped goat’s cheese, and turkey with homemade jam. Next, enjoy themed festive sweet treats like the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Dark Chocolate & Praline Éclair, and the Toymakers’ Strawberry & Vanilla Yo-yo Macaron. Children will also receive a goody bag complete with a toy, a themed colouring sheet and pencils, and a voucher for Pollock’s.

Available 7 November – 31 December 2022, £19pp for children, £39pp for adults.

Children's afternoon tea at Sofitel London St James

Interactive Kids’ Afternoon Tea at Sofitel London St James

There’s no chance of little ones getting bored at Sofitel London St James’ new afternoon tea offering. Adding a theatrical element to the tradition, the experience will see a painter’s easel arrive at the table, equipped with a biscuit to decorate and an edible painter’s palette. Alongside this, kids can feast on fun dishes like marshmallow burgers served with churros and strawberry milkshakes, plus freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream. Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy the likes of aubergine and smoked feta tart, shrimp beignet, and pavlova with strawberry and basil.

£30pp for the children’s menu, £62pp for adults.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

As children’s afternoon teas go, this one is sure to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Enter a world of pure imagination at One Aldwych’s new afternoon tea, inspired by Roald Dahl’s iconic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The menu is like something from Willy Wonka’s dreamland, with splendid savouries (think salmon and beetroot macron and Spinach roly-poly); scrumptious sweets (look out for the blue as blueberry chocolate tart and scones with snozzberry jam and all the creams); and fizzy-lifting drinks (including the swudge chocolate milkshake mixed by waterfall and Strawberry Juice Water Pistol Punch).  Augustus Gloop, eat your heart out.

£52 per adult and £35 per child (under 12).

Peter Pan Afternoon Tea The Shard

Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at aqua shard

Transport yourself to Neverland via aqua shard’s child-friendly afternoon tea, inspired by J.M Barrie’s legendary novel. Think Tinker Bell-shaped cookies and crocodile jellies served on a pirate ship-inspired tea stand, alongside Fairy Dust cocktails – all enjoyed alongside panoramic city views.

Served Thursday – Sunday from 12.15 – 4.15pm, from £52pp. A children’s version will also be served.

Kids’ Sci-Fi Tea at the Ampersand

Kids’ Sci-Fi Tea at the Ampersand

Winner of the best themed afternoon tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards, The Drawing Rooms has expanded its offering to include a kids’ Sci-Fi Tea in line with its science tea offering. This makes for the perfect pit stop after a morning exploring the neighbouring Natural History and Science Museums. Served on brightly coloured rocket stands, the kids’ Sci-Fi Tea offers a special selection of children’s favourites, including mini hot dogs, rocket cheese straws and brioche and jam sandwiches. There are even experimental build-your-own science puddings to top everything off.

The menu is available 12noon-6:30pm, Monday – Friday and 12noon-7:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays for £31.50 per person.

The Tiger Who Came To Afternoon Tea at The Savoy

The Savoy

It might be one of the city’s most refined hotels, but The Savoy is actually a great spot for afternoon tea with the kids. Simple sandwiches on on offer include cheddar cheese on multigrain bread, plus peanut butter and jelly mini croissants; followed by a whole host of fun desserts, like Teddy Marshmallow Cookies, a Doughnut Macaron and a Jam Roly Poly. It’s served in the iconic Thames Foyer – and fear, not there’s a separate menu for adults.

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Chesterfield Mayfair Sweet Afternoon Tea

The Chesterfield Mayfair

If you’re looking for a child-friendly afternoon tea option in London, look no further than the Chesterfield Mayfair’s The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea. With pastries and cakes the flavour of retro sweetshop favourites, delicious chocolate-chip scones and a host of savoury treats, it’s a must-try for both adults and children with a sweet tooth. Highlights include the Coca-Cola slice, the enormous peanut-butter cup and the fizzy apple mousse. And of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the retro sweet cart manned by the in-house Candyman who will help young guests fill a bag with old-school penny sweets and pick-and-mix favourites. Younger guests can enjoy the afternoon tea served alongside a milkshake or tea, priced at £31. Adults can opt to add a glass of something sparkling with the Champagne Tea (£62 per person), including a glass of brut, rosé or white label Lanson Champagne. For £55 per person The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea is served with loose leaf or flowering tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

To book, email [email protected], visit or call the hotel on 0207 491 2622.

BBlythe Afternoon Tea

Betty Blythe Afternoon Tea

For a little extra dose of whimsy, Betty Blythe offers an afternoon tea party with a 1920s flair. Alongside the usual cupcakes, finger sandwiches and hot chocolate served from tea pots, children can delve into Betty’s dress up box and into a world of old school glamour and fascinators. Activity add-ons include jewellery making, biscuit decorating, painting, dance classes and even a chocolatier lesson. With a large selection to choose from, you’ll no doubt find the perfect activity for your little one.

£280 for a party of 8 children.

Milestone Afternoon Tea

Little Prince and Princess Tea at The Milestone Hotel

Afternoon tea at the Milestone Hotel is a ritual fit for royalty, so bring along your little princes and princesses for a day of opulence. The traditional high tea menu is finely tuned to children’s tastes and includes a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream, fruit preserves, French pastries, chocolate ruffles and hot chocolate. To avoid tears, kids can even ask for one more of the treat they enjoyed the most. Once adequately high on sugar, bring the children to the nearby Princess Diana Memorial Playground for a little run around.

£66 for two children under 12 years of age.

Cutter & Squidge Potion Room Afternoon Tea

The Potion Room’s Wizard-Themed Afternoon Tea

Harry Potter fans will love The Potion Room’s immersive wizard-themed afternoon tea, which takes place in the underground of Soho’s all-natural bakery Cutter & Squidge. Join a class of at the School of Wizarding Alchemy where you’ll learn how to cast spells and concoct edible potions before tucking into a selection of sweet and savoury treats, from knickerbocker bites to Yorkshire puddings filled with roast beef and horseradish to the bakery’s signature ‘biskie’ (a biscuit/cookie/cake all in one). Wash down with pumpkin juice or tea served in a mini cauldron.

Prices start from £49.50 for adults, £39.50 for kids.