Every afternoon between the hours of 12pm through 6pm you may find that just about everyone in England takes a break to unwind and enjoys a nice steamy cup of tea. However this was not always the case as modern times have made tea time last through longer intervals throughout the day. This tea craze swept the nation in the 16th Century during the reign of Charles II. Tea was introduced to Europe by the Chinese who favored the drink for belief in its medicinal qualities often blending flowers and herbs for added relief. Over time tea blossomed from being the preferred drink of high society to a nationwide daily diversion.
36 Mill Lane
Afternoon Tea: Friday 12PM-6PM; Saturday 10AM-6PM; Sunday 12PM-6PM
Locals in West Hampstead know about the adorable tea parlour in the rear of this charming bakery located in …with Order from their long list of morning and afternoon brews, such as the fragrant “Morning Mimosa Tea.” Accompaniments like pastries, sandwiches and scones are available, or opt for the famous homemade strawberry cheesecake cupcake.
One Aldwych Hotel
Afternoon tea hours Monday-Saturday 12:30PM-3:30PM; Sunday 12:30PM-4:30PM
In the district of Covent Garden, luxe hotel One Aldwych, has a fantastical tea time fashioned after children’s classic Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Treats inspired by the book include the Golden Chocolate Egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango, or their homemade candy floss. Fun for the entire family!
3 White Hart Lane
Afternoon tea Monday- Sunday 2PM-5PM
Casual travelers in the Barnes, London neighborhood will enjoy the laid-back ambience of Orange Pekoe cafe, popular with locals who just want to relax over a nice brew. Guests can enjoy over 80 different kinds of loose leaf exotic tea blends, all served on white bone china sets. You don’t need a reservation to pop in, and you’ll appreciate the warm ambiance and gorgeous vintage decor.
161 Lordship Lane
Monday-Saturday 12:30PM- 3:30PM; Sunday 12:30PM- 4:30P
Retail meets café in East Dulwich at Le Chandelier, where you will fall in love with the lavish furnishings and grand chandeliers throughout the beautiful space. Shop for lighting and home decor as you sit and sip.