Visit London Blog » festive afternoon tea Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christmas Family Events in London Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:07 +0000 School is almost out for Christmas and the holidays are here, so take a peek at our fun family activities and start making some festive plans!

Slava’s Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall

Internationally-acclaimed spectacle Slava’s Snowshow is returning to London’s Royal Festival Hall this Christmas after a sell-out winter season in 2013. This award-winning show combines theatrical clowning and stunning spectacle to create a visual masterpiece loved by children and adults alike. 17 December to 6 January

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

For a very merry day out, look no further than ZSL London Zoo – a winter wonderland in the heart of the city. Children can meet Santa himself and join in with a host of festive activities including gingerbread decorating. Another must-see this Christmas are the Zoo’s reindeers! Until 24 December

The Harrods Christmas Grotto 2013

A visit to The Harrods Christmas Grotto is the perfect way to start the festive season. Meet Father Christmas in a magical library setting. Children will be given an exclusive Harrods book, badge and Christmas chocolate. Until 24 December

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Visit Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London –The Making of Harry Potter.  This special feature allows visitors to see the Harry Potter film sets as they would have been during Christmas scenes for the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. See the Great Hall decorated for a festive feast and sip butterbeer outside Privet Drive under light snow fall.  Until 2 February

Kensington State Apartments

Aimed at the whole family, young princes and princesses are invited to try their hand at the games of court in the King’s Gallery and the King’s Drawing Room at the Kensington State Apartments. Until 6 January

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Festive family favourite Winter Wonderland has returned to London’s Hyde Park with ice skating, big top shows, the observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. Until 5 January

Seussical The Musical at the Arts Theatre

Prowling the stage in a colourful show for youngsters, the immortal creation of Dr Seuss is joined by his pal Horton the Elephant, who has discovered an entire small world passing by on a speck of dust. It’s Seussical The Musical of course! Until 5 January

Festive Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This afternoon tea will bring out the kid in you! With golden eggs, gingerbread pops and playful flavoured candy floss, every item reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale. Until 5 January

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Five Christmas Afternoon Teas in London Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:45:47 +0000 Winter’s here so it’s time to treat yourself to a traditional British afternoon tea with festive twist. We’ve picked out five Christmas-themed afternoon teas in London.

Winter Afternoon Tea at No.Ten Manchester Street, Marlyebone £28 per person (1 November – 30 December)

Elegant boutique hotel No. Ten Manchester Street in Marlyebone has teamed up with its tea supplier, the luxury UK tea emporium Tea Palace, to create an afternoon tea inspired by tea itself.

Served daily at Dieci restaurant, Tea Palace’s festive blends permeate all elements of the festive platter creating a selection of irresistible treats. Expect panna cotta infused with winter apple tea, mini panettones infused with spiced pear tea, mini Christmas spice tea mince pies and Christmas blend infused scones.

Family Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Capital Hotel, Knightsbridge £29.50 per adult (available every Sunday from 1 December)

This Christmas afternoon tea, created by a Michelin-starred team,  includes an array of sandwiches such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, salt beef and English mustard and a turkey roll with cranberry jelly.

Sweet treats include comforting scones with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream, spiced ginger cake with butterscotch, dark chocolate and Clementine mouse and a chestnut cream tart.

Children’s tea is offered at a discount price of £15 and one grandparent or child (under 12) can enjoy a complimentary tea with every two paying adults.

Festive Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory £34.50 per person  (25 November 2013 and 5 January)

Luxury Covent Garden Hotel One Aldwych presents a  fabulously fun afternoon tea inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  For theatre fans, there’s even an option to combine your afternoon tea with a top price ticket to see the West End musical.

Tuck into blueberry brioche, chocolate golden eggs, gingerbread pops and homemade candy floss! These wonderfully themed treats recall the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale and will leave you feeling like a big kid. This seasonal edition includes cranberry and turkey dishes, spiced pear tea and other winter warmers.

Valrhona Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Blanc  £25 per person (14 December only)

Enjoy an exclusive Chocolate Afternoon Tea inspired by the  international best-selling novel Chocolat. While the tea is organised by The Chocolate Festival, it is hosted by expert French Chocolatier Valrhona. Look forward to beautiful chocolate scones, savouries and pastries specially created by Andrew Gravett, Valrhona’s Patissier for Nothern Europe.

The tea will be served in the comfortable surroundings of Brasserie Blanc just opposite The Chocolate Festival itself, plus food experts Kendall & Simms will be creating a special selection of savoury dishes to accompany the sweet treats.

Mamma Mia Afternoon Tea at The Waldorf Hilton  £45 per person (16 December only)

Enjoy a West End Afternoon Tea as the stars of Mamma Mia! give a one-off live performance at The Wardolf Hilton, London. This is the perfect opportunity to combine the glamour and magic of London theatre. Settle down into the elegant surroundings of Palm Court to watch an intimate performance of songs from the show as well as some festive favourites.

The festive afternoon tea includes mini mince pies, winter spice Madeleine, red velvet cupcakes, Mont Blanc tart, mandarin délice and ginger bread.

£5 from every afternoon tea will be donated to the hotel’s partner charity, Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity.

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Christmas Afternoon Tea in London Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:20:32 +0000

Christmas is the perfect time for indulgence, and there are few better ways to treat yourself than a decadent afternoon tea. Many London venues have put together special festive teas to celebrate the season, and we’ve picked out 10 of the best below. Don’t forget to book in advance and, if you’re looking for something really special, remember that you can supplement any of them with a glass (or two!) of champagne.

Afternoon Festivi-Tea at the Corinthia Hotel 
Sit under the spectacular chandelier in the Corinthia Hotel’s Lobby Lounge and enjoy a sumptuous variety of festive treats. Their Christmas confections include cranberry macaroons filled with fresh fruit crème and a snow egg of chocolate mousse, which is covered with vanilla marshmallows and coconut. £39, until 5 Jan

Christmas Shopping and Afternoon Tea at St James’s Hotel & Club
Find the perfect excuse to indulge at the St James’s Hotel & Club, where Afternoon Tea comes with a 10% discount card for stylish department store Liberty and the nearby Burlington Arcade shops. Better still, the delicious afternoon tea is made by the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef, William Drabble. £19, until 30 Dec

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum
As the winners of the Tea Guild’s 2012 Best Afternoon Tea award, The Athenaeum are guaranteed to provide a great festive treat. Highlightsof their Festive Afternoon Tea include turkey and cranberry sandwiches, mulled wine jellies and chocolate yule logs. £29.50, until 30 Dec

Christmas Afternoon Tea River Cruise
Combine dining with sightseeing on this fun river cruise, which allows you to see London’s landmarks from the Thames whilst you enjoy mulled wine and a full afternoon tea. Board the festively decorated boat from Tower Pier at 3.30pm for a 90 minute cruise, professional commentary and lots of scrumptious treats. £25, until 29 Dec

12 Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental Park Lane
Featuring confections themed around the 12 days of Christmas song, the InterContinental’s pretty tea is sure to get you in the festive spirit. Delights include a golden treacle tart with chantilly and gold leaf, a walnut powder crusted chocolate torte made to look like a drum, and a partridge, mushroom and foie gras pie. £28, until 6 Jan

Traditonal Afternoon Tea at The Petersham
Head to leafy Richmond for a festive afternoon tea with spectacular views at the Petersham Hotel. You can enjoy seasonal pastries such as Christmas spiced financiers, star-shaped linzer biscuits and warming gingerbread macaroons whilst overlooking the Thames. £25, until 6 Jan

Free-flowing Champagne with Festive Afternoon Tea at the Mandeville Hotel
Featuring brandy mince pies, mulled plum fancies and Dundee Christmas cake, the Mandeville’s Festive Afternoon Tea is already a winner. Between Friday-Sunday, however, you can make it even better thanks to a special offer from, which allows you to add a mulled wine cocktail and unlimited champagne to the package. £32.50, until 23 Jan 

Sugar & Spice Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych 
The hotel’s Sugar & Spice Afternoon Tea gets a special mention for including bacon-wrapped sausages, which are surely an essential part of any Christmas-themed meal! If you’re not a fan of pork, however, there are plenty of other tempting morsels including chestnut delice, eggnog mousse  and mandarin trifle. £26.50, until 31 Dec

Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Park Lane
Ever heard the expression “it’s so good, I could lick the plate”? At the Hilton Park Lane you actually can, because their Festive Afternoon Tea is served on one made of solid chocolate. Atop this unique treat is a host of other cocoa-based goodies such as gift-shaped chocolate fancies, which are accompanied by traditional favourites including freshly-baked scones and open sandwiches. £32.50, until 4 Jan

Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Wyndham Grand 
This chic Chelsea Harbour hotel is offering a seasonal afternoon tea that features turkey and stuffing sandwiches, Christmas pudding and a quirky selection of mince pies. The hotel is close to the King’s Road, so it’s a great place for a post Christmas shopping treat! £35, until 31 Dec

Have a craving for Christmas confections but no time to stop for tea? You can pick up seasonal cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery, acclaimed mince pies from Konditor and Cook, or lebkuchen from Bea’s of Bloomsbury.

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