Afternoon Tea in London With Kids

Article reproduced with kind permission from Laura Porter’s Blog “About London“.

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Tea and Cakes For The Whole Family

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Updated March 28, 2016.

Whether for a family celebration or a treat it can be a lovely idea to have afternoon tea in London with younger members of the family too. Some places may sound like a great idea for children, such as the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson but as they charge the same rate for children it’s not really cost effective. Most venues charge a much reduced rate for children and I’ve tried these places and they have my daughter’s seal of approval.

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Kensington Palace Orangery

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This lovely, light, bright venue next to Kensington Palace has a large outdoor Terrace and plenty of space inside too. Highchairs are available for the youngest guests and everyone feels very special here with the excellent service and delicious treats.

It can be hard for children to stay seated for a long time and fortunately there is space between the tables so children can stand up during the meal, if needed.

My daughter loved eating a gold crown on the chocolate cake and she draw a picture for the manager to say thank you without being asked.

See Kensington Palace Orangery Afternoon Tea Review.

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Grosvenor House Hotel

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Named after the hotel’s eponymous British Bulldog, there is a special ‘Grover’s Tea Time’ for children which includes tropical fruit salad, ice-cream and your very own cuddly Grover to take home.

See Grosvenor House Hotel Grover’s Tea Review.

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Bateaux London Afternoon Tea Cruise

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If you’re worried about the children sitting still long enough for you to enjoy the relaxed occasion then this cruise along the River Thames is an excellent choice. It last for under two hours and there’s a discounted rate for 5-12 year olds. You’ll see many famous London landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament so will have plenty to talk about. I gave my daughter a camera and she happily filled the memory card while smiling all the way.

See Bateaux London Afternoon Tea Cruise Review.

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Queen of Hearts Afternoon Tea

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This is a lovely Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea and there are amazing views across The River Thames to The O2 making it worth leaving central London and heading to Canary Wharf for that wow factor.

See Queen of Hearts Afternoon Tea Review.

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Royal Horseguards Hotel Mini Tea

The Royal Horseguards Hotel Mini Tea is on the left and my Signature Afternoon Tea is on the right. Photo Credit: © Laura Porter, licensed to, Inc.

This five star hotel offers a special afternoon tea for “little ladies and gents”. Children get the essential sandwiches, scones and cakes but it’s made a bit more fun for them and they get an activity pack too so they won’t want to rush away after eating.

See Royal Horseguards Hotel Mini Tea Review.

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Chesterfield Mayfair

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This is another Red Carnation hotel and they really do choose their staff well as the service is always good and they make all of the family feel at home. There is a ‘Little Prince and Princess Tea’ available here too but this time there are peanut butter and jam sandwiches, as well as scones, cupcakes and a milkshake or hot chocolate.

In honor of the new West End show: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical, there is also ‘Charlie and the Chesterfield‘ tea which is traditional with a chocolatey twist.

I’ve tried this with my daughter. I loved the Oompa Loompa cupcake and she thought the golden egg was amazing.

See Chesterfield Mayfair Afternoon Tea Review.

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Egerton House Hotel

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At half the price of the full traditional afternoon tea, Egerton House Hotel has a ‘Little Prince and Princess Tea’ for children under 12 years old. This still receive a three-tiered cake stand with finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and mini cakes plus, instead of tea, children have hot chocolate.

See Egerton House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review.

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Little Artists’ Afternoon Tea

This children’s afternoon tea is served in the restaurant next to a contemporary art gallery so offers children a chance to show their artistic flair with ‘paint tubes’ of jam and chocolate sauce on an easel-shaped plate while decorating a cupcake. Fruit is included too.

See Little Artists’ Afternoon Tea Review.

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The Tea Terrace London Afternoon Tea

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The Tea Terrace is on the top floor of an Oxford Street department store yet feels like a delightfully quirky English tea room. In a city that adores coffee these days it’s lovely to find a tea room that’s modern and serves a great choice of the nation’s favorite beverage.

See The Tea Terrace London Afternoon Tea Review.

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Milestone Hotel

The Milestone in Kensington is yet another Red Carnation hotel in London so you know it’s going to be a good choice for families. Under 12s can enjoy the ‘Little Prince and Princess Tea’ with a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream, preserves, French pastries and hot chocolate. I’ve enjoyed afternoon tea here with my daughter and the hotel arranged a special treat for her and a friend to go to the kitchen and be Mini-Chefs and to make and decorate our cakes.

See Milestone Hotel Afternoon Tea Review.

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Reform Social & Grill Mini Afternoon Tea

Reform Social & Grill – Mini Afternoon Tea. Photo Credit: © Laura Porter, licensed to, Inc.

This Marylebone restaurant has a special afternoon tea menu for younger visitors and usually it’s served in a cute lunchbox. But that’s not what happened when I visited with my daughter, sadly.

See Reform Social & Grill Mini Afternoon Tea Review.