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Afternoon Tea Guide

August 6th, 2019 | by Ella Stern

Afternoon Tea Guide

We’d like to apologise now for all the mouth-watering the following guide is going to induce. We have with great pleasure rounded up the best in South Bank, dare we say it, London. Whether you’re looking for the epitome of tradition or a very new interpretation the only dilemma you’ll face is choosing between them.

  • Lyaness

    Set within their home in Southbank, Lyaness brings a cook’s approach to cocktails and flavour creation. Fancy Tea at Lyaness uses this approach to bring cocktails into the classic afternoon tea setting. Featuring a focus on transforming ingredients into exciting and unusual forms, they bring a contemporary take on the classic dishes and accompaniments. Each course sees unique ingredient creation, as well as a cocktail suited to take you on a journey from savoury treats, tea, scones to sweet delicacies.

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    Sea Containers London
  • Thespian's delight at National Theatre

    Tinkle your china at the National Theatre for a theatre-themed afternoon tea with a twist!

    All the elements of this rather quirky take on the classic afternoon tea are inspired by previous National Theatre productions. Starting with a Curtain Up Bellini, going through into Act 1 with a selection of finger sandwiches and crumbly pork pie. Next up, enjoy an Interval ice cream, before finishing in Act 2 with a grand finale.

    Get into the spirit of things with the playful menu, which features mouth-watering delicacies inspired by productions such as One Man, Two Guvnors, Sweeney ToddAmadeus and A Taste of Honey.

    Try the delicious “Lady Bracknell Triangles” -cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches- not to be eaten until Aunt Augusta arrives! (The Importance of Being Earnest), and “Thing 1 and Thing 2” – green eggs and ham (The Cat in the Hat). 

    For more information, click here.

    National Theatre
  • Theatre Not Afternoon Tea

    When your neighbours are Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Vic and the National Theatre, it’s hard not to feel inspired.

    So inspired, in fact, that the chefs at OXO Tower have created an entire Not Afternoon Tea experience dedicated to London’s iconic theatres and the famous productions that have taken place within them. 

    The first act begins at the Globe with a sour cherry and bergamot-filled skull and a goblet of Hamlet’s poison. For the main act, there's a quartet of cakes, each representing a famous show and paired with a complimentary cocktail. The production will conclude with a beautiful homemade gingerbread biscuit, but you’ll have to guess which smash hit it represents.

    And the final encore? Now that's the surprise. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • For a traditional tea

    The Library Lounge at Marriott County Hall offers one of the most traditional and luxurious afternoon teas in South Bank.

    The building itself is steeped in history and has a colourful past, having been opened in 1922 by King George V and Queen Mary. Take tea by a crackling fire in the ancient Library Lounge amongst the leather bound volumes and beautiful carved oak bookshelves which stretch from floor to ceiling. The views across the river to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament aren’t bad either.

    Enjoy a choice of several varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of delicate homemade cakes are combined to make for an unforgettable afternoon. Increase the luxury factor by adding a glass of Champagne. This is one experience you won’t forget too soon!

    For more information, click here.

    London Marriott Hotel County Hall
  • Children's Afternoon Tea

    If there are two words guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere, then they must surely be school holidays. Thankfully, OXO Tower Restaurant has created a special Kid’s Afternoon Tea to help keep holiday boredom at bay.

    Served every afternoon, this is a delicious alternative for under 12s. Starting with a banana milkshake shot and a selection of finger sandwiches on white farmhouse bread, the youngest guests can then enjoy the chef’s homemade pita and avocado trees and caramel and sea salt popcorn. To finish, there’s a selection of sweet treats from mini scones to fudge brownie squares.

    Tested on the head chef’s harshest critics (his two sons), the Kid’s Afternoon Tea has been given the official thumbs up seal of approval. So round up the family, get out of the house and come and enjoy an afternoon at OXO Tower Restaurant with great food and the very best company of all.

    OXO Tower Restaurant
  • Time for (Afternoon) Tea

    Sit back, relax and work your way through our truly British Afternoon Tea experience at OXO Tower Restaurant. The menu includes Severn & Wye smoked salmon with dill crème fraîche on black rye bread, mini Yorkshire puddings filled with braised beef and horseradish cream and Dorset crab choux buns. On the sweet side, elderflower and strawberry mousse and chocolate and cherry bakewell are sure to offset any cravings.

    And, of course, afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without freshly-baked scones served with generous helpings of clotted cream and jam. To compliment these mouth-watering treats, have your choice of tea or coffee.

    Book now. 

    OXO Tower Restaurant
  • Skylon

    Join Skylon for Afternoon Tea and enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, alongside a wide range of teas, infusions and coffees for £26.50 per person.

    For those that want to truly indulge, you can upgrade your Afternoon Tea to £39 per person which includes either a Summer Champagne Cocktail or glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée.#

    Book now. 

    Skylon Restaurant & Bar
  • Vegan Afternoon Tea

    Head to OXO Tower Restaurant for an expertly-crafted, full-flavoured, ‘please keep it coming’ Vegan Afternoon Tea. The menu has all the classics – homemade scones, clotted ‘cream’ and even ‘cheese’ sandwiches, but there are a few surprises too, like sage and onion stuffing sandwiches on cranberry bread, chestnut and mushroom ‘sausage’ rolls and coconut and pineapple cakes. And don’t even get us started on the mini lemon meringue pies.

    It’s completely homemade, completely plant-based and delicious. 

    Find out more here. 

    OXO Tower Restaurant
  • For 360 views of London

    Afternoon Tea while cruising along the Thames- what a civilised way to pass the afternoon!

    Enjoy a full afternoon tea experience with City Cruises – which means scones, jam and a generous dollop of cream, finger sandwiches and cakes – all whilst you cruise peacefully along the Thames. Enjoy all the sights of London whilst you sip on an endless supply of tea – and when you've finished off your tea, you can always brave the cold and stroll upstairs to take in the 360-degree views of London's riverside landmarks.

    For more information, click here.

    City Cruises
  • G&T Afternoon Tea at Gillrays

    Get a quintessential view to get in London of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Gillray's Bar has it all and offers you now a new twist on the English Classic. 

    Enjoy unlimited Gin & Tonic with your afternoon tea at Gillray's Bar during 1pm - 4pm, every day. With stunning views, excellent service and a cosy atmosphere. 

    Find out more and book now. 

    Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
  • PAW Patrol

    If you’re looking for a child-friendly afternoon tea in London, full of fun and adventure then look no further. 
    You will be treated to a variety of PAW Patrol snacks and as part of the experience you will have access to our PAW-tastic themed playroom, including games, colouring and lots more. 

    Book now.

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
  • Eastern Promises

    For afternoon tea with an infusion of Eastern promise, head to ICHI at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London.

    Here, finger sandwiches are swapped for sushi bites including prawn, okru and salmon nigiri, with signature Japanese deserts such as the delicately flavoured green tea and chocolate Japanese savin, coconut tapioca, red bean and sesame matcha roulade and coconut, passion fruit and strawberry temptation... Choose white apricot, mango, chocolate or cherry blossom tea to accompany your eastern experience.

    For more information, click here.

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Sea Containers London

    Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 2 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 3 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 4 - London Marriott Hotel County Hall

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, South Bank London SE1 7PB

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  • 5 - OXO Tower Restaurant

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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  • 6 - OXO Tower Restaurant

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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  • 7 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 8 - OXO Tower Restaurant

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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  • 9 - City Cruises

    Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB

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  • 10 - Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB


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  • 11 - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT 

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  • 12 - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT 

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