3 of the best luxury Christmas Afternoon Tea experiences in London

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What better way to get yourself feeling all merry than by indulging in crumbly mince pies, spicy gingerbread and a festive tipple? Here are three excellent luxury Christmas Afternoon Tea experiences that you can enjoy in London…

Christmas Carol Inspired Afternoon Tea at The Langham, London  

Where better to enjoy a festive afternoon tea than where the tradition of afternoon tea began? The Langham, London has been serving afternoon tea since the hotel first opened in 1865, and this year has created a joyful festive menu inspired by Christmas carols and served in Palm Court.

Presented in the design of a Christmas wreath, beautiful cakes form the centrepiece of a showstopping display and include We’ll bring you some figgy pudding (Christmas spiced financier, fig and blackcurrant compote) and It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (syrup sponge, honey and pine mousse, sable). These sweet treats are served alongside indulgent seasonal finger sandwiches and Christmas cheese scones with port and red onion chutney and Stichelton. This year, The Langham has partnered with the Royal Academy of Music and is celebrating the joy and hope of the festive season through music, with live performances, music inspired dining and festive offers. 

Festive afternoon tea with Gusbourne Brut £90pp, Children’s Festive Afternoon Tea £45pp (ages 3-12), available from 14 November to 1 January.  

The Stafford London 

Christmas afternoon tea at The Stafford London sees festive family favourites given the five-star treatment at the luxury St James’s hotel. Seasonal sandwiches and scones are followed by sweet treats such as mince pies, gingerbread men, yule log and macaroons, all served alongside tea, Champagne or The Stafford’s signature mulled wine.

Having first opened in 1912, The Stafford is steeped in history and character. Over the festive season, the hotel is filled with 100 twinkling trees, making it a truly magical place to celebrate the season. 

Festive afternoon tea £45pp or £60pp with Champagne, available 28 November to  January.  

Wellington Lounge at InterContinental London Park Lane  

Festive afternoon tea in the Wellington Lounge at InterContinental London Park Lane is sure to inspire Christmas joy for all guests, with creative, contemporary twists on traditional flavours. Savouries include Rabbit, chestnut and violet potato croquette with fig chutney and Pheasant and mushroom stuffed Yorkshire pudding alongside sandwiches with Champagne gravlax, capers, and pickled horseradish and Truffled egg mayonnaise.

These are followed by both Christmas pudding and plain scones with clotted cream, strawberry preserve and yuzu mandarin curd. To finish, guests can indulge in sweet treats such as a Bailey’s cheesecake; Cranberry and apple macaron and Pain d’épices with cardamom ganache. Vegetarian menu also available.

Festive afternoon tea £48pp or £65pp with R de Ruinart Champagne. Available: 17th November 2022 – 1st January 2023.