5 Creative Afternoon Teas in London

By Malika Dalamal  |  August 19, 2014

Once favoured by posh old ladies and tourists, the wonderfully British tradition of taking afternoon tea is back in fashion — with some interesting new twists. From Indian-inspired to fashion-forward to high tea served up high, read on to find five new ways to spend tea time.

What: High Chai at The Cinnamon Club
Why: You'll have to wait till September to try this Indian-inspired afternoon tea that celebrates the British game season.
USP: Tandoori partridge and chutney sandwiches, Bombay-style venison burgers and, of course, masala chai.
30-32 Great Smith St., SW1P 3BU; 020 7222 2555

What: Ting at The Shangri-La
Why: Asian-influenced afternoon tea is served at the restaurant of the new Shangri-La Hotel on the 35th floor of The Shard.
USP: Gyoza-style dumplings, rice-paper rolls and matcha-tea sponge cakes with the most spectacular views of London.
31 St. Thomas St., SE1 9QU; 0207 234 8108

What: BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
Why: The Covent Garden bakery recently launched an afternoon tea bus tour with a selection of their cakes, sandwiches and pastries served on a moving double-decker bus.
USP: Afternoon tea. A red bus. What more do you want?

What: Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel 
Why: The Belgravia hotel's colourful and creative take on the British tradition includes pastries, cakes and biscuits inspired by the latest fashion trends, as well as savoury treats like mini ham and cheese phyllo pie and crab-salad cones (pictured).
USP: Cakes and fancies are updated each season. For Spring/Summer 2014 you can feast on an edible Miu Miu exotic-skin tote bag or Christian Louboutin turquoise heels with his signature red sole. 
Wilton Pl., SW1X 7RL; 020 7235 6000

What: Afternoon Tea at The Magazine
Why: A Japanese take on afternoon tea in the middle of Hyde Park thanks to Japan-obsessed chef Oliver 'Ollysan' Lange.
USP: Miso buttermilk scones, strawberry- and citrus-infused sake and yuzu tartlets are unlike anything you've tried before.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, W. Carriage Drive, Kensington Gds., W2 2AR; 020 7298 7552.