There’s no better place to try this English tradition than in London, which serves up some of the world’s most well-regarded versions.
Reputedly spawned when an English duchess made a simple request for cake and tea before dinner time in the mid-1800’s, afternoon tea has since become a more decadent occasion.
Plush baked scones, assorted finger sandwiches and desserts with a generous pot of tea is now the modern standard.
While London’s traditional luxury offerings could easily monopolize this list, we’ve included quirky, novel options for those seeking teas with a twist, including one set on a vintage double-decker bus and a fanciful version inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
Fortnum & Mason
Visitors can sample their famous teas and much more in the airy, elegant Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, which is often filled with music from a live pianist.
Tea sommeliers ask guests for taste preferences and recommend the perfect sip from an extensive menu.
Also on hand are traditional sommeliers who assist in champagne pairings.
Save room for dessert, however.
Fortnum’s signature cake cart allows guests to choose a slice from a range of choices.
Best For: Ultimate tea lovers
Tea comes with finger sandwiches, such as the addictive comte cheese panini, warm scones and sweets such as cassis cheesecake and citrus…