Is there such a thing as a kid friendly afternoon tea in London? Find out. Travel writer Ruby Sobanska and her kids review some of London’s most magical teatime experiences for children.
Rosewood London: kid friendly afternoon tea for budding artists
This artistic afternoon tea from Rosewood London is themed around the work of Yayoi Kusama. Sweet treats are based on her famous ‘Dots Obsession’ and ‘Pumpkin’ artworks, and inspired by the current exhibition at Tate Modern. So we can highly recommend this one for budding young creatives.
St. Ermin’s Hotel: busy bee afternoon tea for the holidays
St. Ermin’s Hotel serves up a delightful children’s afternoon tea at weekends and during school holidays. An air of exclusivity is guaranteed by the Westminster address. And you can expect kids to be enchanted by the idea of ‘Apple Juice Tea’ as well as miniature chocolate bee hives and vanilla cupcakes.
Aqua at The Shard: kid friendly afternoon tea with Peter Pan
Take tea at The Shard and transport your kids to Never Land. Aqua at The Shard has recreated the magic of Peter Pan through themed afternoon teas in aid of charity. Cakes and pastries are served in Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship and a donation from each tea goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
One Aldwych: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tea party
Could One Aldwych have created the most kid friendly afternoon tea in London yet? The theme is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so it’s perfect for a sweet tooth. Plus parents can be parents and have a glass of Champagne or a Wonka themed cocktail with their tea.
Peppa Pig: kid friendly afternoon tea bus tour
Hop on board the Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour for London’s best views and treats from Brigit’s Bakery.
Seated tables come fitted with built-in tablets on which Peppa leads the guided tour. There are sing-a-long songs too, of course. And each child also gets a copy of a Peppa Pig activity book to enjoy at home. The tour’s suitable for children aged two and over, so it’s perfect for Peppa obsessed toddlers.
The Berkeley: teatime treats for design conscious kids
The Berkeley team has gone all out to create key fashion moments in edible form for its Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea. It’s possibly one for teens and slightly more expensive than some, but the detail in each and every confection-collection is astounding. Just add the opulence of one of London’s most exclusive hotels and look forward to lux from start to finish.
The Ampersand hotel: kid friendly afternoon tea for young scientists
The Ampersand Hotel serves up an out of this world experience with their Science Afternoon Tea. Patisserie and sandwiches arrive on a rocket shaped stand complete with dry-ice effects. Petri dishes stand in for jam pots. And even biscuits are transformed into everything from astronauts to dinosaurs.
The Langham: interactive treats from a teatime legend
Did you know, The Langham Hotel was the first ever to serve afternoon tea in London? Over 155 years later and Afternoon Tea at the Langham is still going strong, but now with a child friendly edition! Children can enjoy jigsaw shaped sandwiches and create their own jammy dodgers.
The Dilly: the official Peter Rabbit afternoon tea
The Dilly takes afternoon seriously by serving this delectable Peter Rabbit tea from 12.30 to 5pm. Pretty perfect for Easter or any time really, look forward to originals like The Flower-Pot Hideout (an edible chocolate pot with chamomile mousse, blackberry, chocolate ‘mud’ and sponge cake). The Dilly is the only official Peter Rabbit themed afternoon tea this year, and even serves up vegan options.
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