Cheap Afternoon Tea in London 2018

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If you are a Londoner or traveling to London, you would want at least to try an afternoon tea once. It is usually linked to special occasions such as birthdays, but, it is getting more popular as more people want to try it and as there are many occasions to celebrate during the year.

The royal indulgence does not have to cost you a fortune, though. You can still enjoy it on an budget and find places that offer cheap afternoon tea in the capital. I say cheap in a good sense, the places in this post are some of the best in the country but they happen to offer average teas that are affordable.

How much is affordable/expensive?

Obviously, this will vary depending on people's income and whether they are doing this as a one-off or rarely (in which case willing to pay more) or as a more frequent thing that you could perhaps do with your other have or someone special without an actual occasion. To set a cut-of, I decided that anything less than £60 for 2 people is reasonably cheap (relative to other places where it can cost £60+ per person.

Please note that you should really check official websites or call the venues before going to confirm prices, time (afternoon tea is only served at specific times) and other arrangements.

Photo By Steve Cadman from London, U.K. (The Orangery) [CC BY-SA 2.0  (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Orangery at Kensington Palace

Alright, you are technically within the grounds of the palace, yes you read that right! A real royal indulgence in an actual royal palace as you overlook the garden's of the palace. You are also in the Hyde Park so walking around the place, you will find plenty of beautiful scenery after you have had  your tea. They have a wide variety of teas to choose from as well as your usual: sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, etc. Tea there starts at £30 per person and you can add wine for an extra 10 pounds. They also have an option for children's afternoon tea.

Afternoon At Crusting Pipe

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Ok, it is a bit more than 20 pounds, the afternoon tea here costs about £24 per person, but, we are in the middle of one of my favourite London places: the amazing Covent Garden market! The restaurant offers this traditional afternoon tea while listening to live classical music being played and opera singing as well!

The Covent Garden Market area has interesting stalls, a crafts market as well shops, cafes and bars. There are always many street performers and of course, it is full of tourists. Some of London's most famous museums are within close reach.

The Tea Terrace

Established by the couple Ehab and Rowena Shouly, who decided to make the tradition available for everyone and "not just people who can afford to enjoy Afternoon Tea at a 5-star hotel" The tea terrace has 2 branches in London, one in Victoria street and another in Oxford street. Prices start from £22.75 per person for the traditional tea. You can also choose the  £9.35 version for just tea and a couple of scones.

Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valeri

The famous cafe and cake maker also offers a fantastic afternoon tea. It comes with all the classic teas, sandwiches, scones plus some of its mouth watering treats and cakes. I personally recommend trying it if you want something affordable and high quality at the same time.
You will need to call and double check the times and which branches offer afternoon teas.
Price: £25 per person.

Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Blanc for £20 per person

I have not tried this one but found this offer via Virgin Experience. It is pretty affordable and looks great. Please call to check which branches offer afternoon tea. They have excellent locations at the heart of London attractions like Tower Bridge and Southbank, for example.

We have come to the end of the list. Thank you so much for reading this far. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any other places to suggest or if you have tried any of those places I suggested! What are you waiting for? Leave a comment below! :)


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