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The 8 Best Places in London for Afternoon Tea

At these spots, tea time is an art form.
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Undoubtedly, the best way start a London vacation is with afternoon tea. Not only is it a leisurely activity that doesn’t require much energy, but each seating comes with enough caffeine to ensure you kick the jet lag on day one of your trip.

From luxury hotels to kid-friendly options, here are the best places to make a reservation.

BROWN’S HOTEL


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The oldest hotel in London knows a little something about afternoon tea. Indulge in a traditional menu featuring coronation chicken, freshly baked scones, and tiny sweet treats in the classic English Tea Room. Or opt for the "tea-tox" version, which comes with healthier (but no less delicious) eats like vegetarian sandwiches, raspberry chia seed pudding, and banana cake. BOOK NOW

THE SANDERSON


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Have kids (or kids at heart) in your crew? They might enjoy the Sanderson’s Alice in Wonderland-themed spread. The children’s menu for the Mad Hatter Tea features sweets including a “drink me” concoction, a pocket watch macaron, and a chocolate caterpillar in addition to finger sandwiches. BOOK NOW

CLARIDGE'S


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Afternoon tea at Claridge's.

In 1995, Queen Elizabeth II hosted a wedding-shower tea party at Claridge's for Marie-Chantal Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece. Today, the experience at the Mayfair hotel is consistently decadent. From the art deco Thierry Despont-designed setting to the Tiffany blue striped porcelain to their secret recipe for Cornish Clotted cream, every detail is exquisite. BOOK NOW

THE GORING

Tea is served overlooking the garden and croquet lawn at this Belgravia hotel. The Goring is famously the Queen's favorite hotel. Not to mention, it's where Kate Middleton and her family stayed before the royal wedding, so why not start your time in the U.K. with a brew that carries an impressive royal connection. BOOK NOW

DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY

Looking for a little Instagram fodder with your cuppa? Book Dominque Ansel's floral-themed experience for a meal that's as tasty as it is aesthetically pleasing. BOOK NOW

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THE ORANGERY AT KENSINGTON PALACE


Fancy yourself a fan of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? Take a tour of Kensington Palace, then stay for afternoon tea at the on-site Orangery. The menu is very traditional—think smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, tea cakes, and scones made with Welsh butter. But what else would you expect from a residence fit for a (future) king? BOOK NOW

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THE DORCHESTER


The Dorchester's Ice Cream tea.

This Mayfair hotel has served traditional afternoon tea since 1931, and during the summer a plethora of mini ice cream cones are available rather than pastries. BOOK NOW

THE BERKELEY


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Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley.

Edible runway looks and "it" bags are on the menu at the Berkley's Prêt-à-Portea, where cookies, scones, and pastries change seasonally with the fashion collections. BOOK NOW

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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