The ultimate round up of best afternoon tea for kids London.
Elegant surroundings, formal dress code, irresistible sweet treats piled high on delicate china? Its sounds like every parent’s worst nightmare doesn’t it? Not necessarily… London is home to a plethora of child-friendly afternoon tea experiences. This lovingly cherished British tradition has been creatively reimagined by many of London’s luxury hotels and venues to spark your child’s curiosity and imagination. What better way to kick off the school holidays than with a culinary feast of delicious treats for the whole family? Here are The Daily Mumtra’s best children’s afternoon teas in London 2023.
The Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus tour
What could be better than taking in London’s famous landmarks onboard an iconic double decker decked out in all thing s Peppa Pig? Created by Brigit’s Bakery, the longstanding Covent Garden favourite, The Peppa Pig Bus tour is in an immersive and delightful treat for all Peppa Pig aficionados.
Departing form Somerset House the bus tour lasts 90 mins and passes Big Ben, Houses of parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Hyde Park and St Pauls to name a few. Each table has an in built tablet providing an animated tour of London as well as sing a long songs and activities. While away the afternoon tucking in to a Peppa themed spread including Madame Gazelles crudites or Rebecca Rabbit’s Carrot Cupcake and soak up the sights of London. Parents – alcohol is served onboard but be warned toilets are strictly for the little ones!
If your child is truly Peppa Pig crazy you might want to consider booking The Peppa Pig theatre show – in London for the Christmas Season until 31st December 2023. More London toddler theatre suggestions here.
Not a Peppa fan? Why not take a look at The Paddington Bear Tour also on offer?
The Science Afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel
Inspired by The Science Museum, a mere stone’s throw away, this award winning interactive feast is a must for the space savvy and dinosaur enthusiasts alike. Inquisitive minds are encouraged to experiment with their treats – jams are served in Petri dishes and toppings in test tubes whilst sandwiches zoom in on a rocket-shaped stand in a cascade of dry ice. Little ones will also delight in digging for edible fossils whilst parents can munch on a milky way macaroon with a tipple of their choice. The afternoon tea menu includes Chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits all served along with savoury treats for good measure.
A beautiful and imaginative twist on a traditional Afternoon Tea that Children and adults will enjoy in equal measure. A great way to to round off a day at the museums too.
The Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
Whimsical and utterly indulgent, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea is a gastronomical feat of pure imagination. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s much loved tale, guests will be invited to guzzle fizzy lifting drinks and chocolate waterfall milkshakes and spread snozzberry Jam on out of this world scones.
One Aldwych is located in Covent Garden in the heart of London’s theatre land. For the ultimate West End experience why not combine with a trip to one of London’s Kid Friendly Musicals?
The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel
Alice In Wonderland Fans will love tumbling down the rabbit hole at the Sanderson hotel for an afternoon of decadent delights. Here you are invited to sample the tweedle brothers choux pastries, sip on the ‘drink me’ potions and enjoy a wide range of themed bespoke teas. The exquisite courtyard setting at the Sanderson welcomes little ones although this is an afternoon Tea experience for adults and children alike. Be warned – fancy dress is not welcome here!
Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at The Shard
Prepare to be whisked away into an exciting world of make believe in this cleverly creative gastronomic re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. To start a ship shaped Jolly Roger Tea stand serves a savoury selection of delights inspired by Barrie’s fictional heroes. Try a ‘cod fish’ Captain hook croquette complete with a crafted pastry Hook followed by warm scones served in a treasure chest. Tinker bell cookies and a jelly dessert with a hidden confectionary crocodile await for the sweet toothed. For adults needing something a little stronger why not try the Fairy Dust Cocktail whilst the kiddies enjoy the non alcoholic Never Grow up Punch.
All this wonderment takes place in the magical triple storey atrium of the Aqua Shard with panoramic views of London’s Skyline.
Pret a Portea at The Berkeley
The ultimate afternoon tea for a teen/tween fashionista in the making. From Dolce & Gabbana to Jean Paul Gaultier, Europe’s fashion houses and couture are celebrated here in gateaux, cheesecake and biscuit form. An intricate and elegant novelty high tea that has been crafted to wow adults and younger guests alike.
The Knot Churros
Enjoy an altogether different afternoon tea at instagram sensation The Knot Churros in South Kensington. Garishly extravagant, this fun and decadent home of dreamy desserts is guaranteed to blow your child’s mind. Spoil them with Glazed churros dripping with chocolate sauce, soft serve ice cream with every type of sprinkle, candy floss and glitter popcorn. Are your teeth aching yet? A cheaper and more informal option.
Jungle Book Afternoon tea at The Browns Drawing Room
This Quintessential English Afternoon Tea is inspired by the Jungle book, Rudjard Kipling’s classic which he penned at The Brown’s Hotel. Little Jungle book fans are invited to enjoy the genteel ambience and refined setting of the Drawing Room alongside their adults.
The Wizard’s Afternoon Tea at The Exploratorium
Deep in the heart of London’s soho you may be surprised to to learn there is 5 story pink townhouse devoted to to all things wizardry. Here you are invited to select a magic wand for brewing your own tea before tucking in to a spread of sand-witches, homemade scones and desserts. A fantasy culinary experience inspired by (but not affiliated with) Harry Potter’s Hoggwarts. Expect lots of magic meets science experimentation.
This feast for the senses would be ideal for any Harry Potter fan, particularly combined with a trip to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at The Palace Theatre. More Children’s West End Show suggestions here.
The Old fashioned Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield
When you wander in from Charles Street, you may wonder if you have stepped onto the set of Mary Poppins! Expect servers dressed in red and white boater jackets and a cart glass sweet jars in this nostalgic and playful nod to a bygone era. Enjoy smoking Pink Lemonade, coca cola slices, drumtsick macarons and a whole host of retro inspired delicacies.
Young Children will simply adore this afternoon tea in collaboration with Mr Simms Sweet shop. They will even be invited to create their own Pick and Mix takeaway bag! A true treat for the taste buds.
Suggested Further Reading: West End Winners: Kid Friendly Musicals (2023)