It’s Afternoon Tea Week! Or as we call it: any excuse to eat cake. Well, guess what? Kids love cake too! So why not take them along for a child-friendly afternoon tea treat this week, or any other time of the year. Here’s our round-up of the best afternoon teas for kids in London:
Little Prince and Princess Tea, The Rubens at The Palace, Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS (£15 per child, £32 per adult)
Not everyone can say that they took afternoon tea next door to the Queen – but you can! Treats at The Rubens include freshly made bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, selected pastries and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea or soft drink in the Palace Lounge which overlooks the mews at Buckingham Palace.
No matter what age your children are – from tiny tots to teens that are ‘too cool’, The Rubens have got it covered with a range of age appropriate activities to ensure a great time!
Busy Bees Afternoon Tea, St. Ermin’s Hotel, Caxton Street, SW1H 0QW (£15 per child/£35 per adult)
Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style at the St. Ermin’s Tea Lounge. A great environment to both relax and indulge after a hard da’s sightseeing and shopping! And those of you with intolerances can also join in the fun with the gluten-free menu!
You’ll be tucking into some of the finest ingredients that have been styled with a decidedly regal twist – try the ‘Royal Box’s’ 70% chocolate Ganache or an ‘Imperial Crown’ zesty lemon pie for the sweet side and classic smoked salmon sandwiches – and of course what afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete with home made scones!
With a special Children;s NineTEA menu to choose from which is served on weekends and school holidays, the children will be having as much fun as you! Whilst your there, why not take a trip to the third floor where you’ll find the famous St Ermin bees whilst they go about making their honey!
Little Artist’s Afternoon Tea, Gallery Mess, Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road (£7.50)
Mini afternoon tea to bring out the creative side of your kids, with edible paint for decorating a cupcake plus sandwiches and a babyccino.
Little Oompa Loompa Afternoon Tea, The Chesterfield, Mayfair, W1J 5EB (£12.50)
Peanut butter and jam sandwiches, fruit and chocolate chip scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, Wonkatastic pastries and delights, milkshake or tea. Delicious and great fun!
Children’s Afternoon Tea, Fortnum and Mason, 181 Picadilly, W1A 1ER (£20)
A traditional offering from this British institution, they offer three courses of sandwiches, scones and tea cakes, including a jammy dodger!
Matilda the Musical Afternoon Tea, Scoff & Banter, Covent Garden (£16)
Just opposite the Cambridge Theatre, Scoff & Banter is perfect for a pre-show afternoon tea before taking your seats for Matilda the Musical. With tea-time treats like ham and dried tomato sandwiches, freshly baked scones, decadently layered chocolate cake, messy meringues and lemonade jelly shots with candied newts (!), it’ll bring out the sweet tooth in you whatever your age and bring Roald Dahl’s magical story to life. Afterwards, every child is given a complimentary copy of Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic to take home.
Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea, Sweet Things, Primrose Hill, NW1 8XL
Loved by the stars, including David Beckham and Nigella, Sweet Things offers mini sourdough sandwiches, scones cone, cupcakes, mini brownies, sweet shots and a Belgian chocolate sauce slush drink. Plus you might spy little Harper at the next table…