Ladies, it’s nearly time to shake that tail feather and get that hen-do party started, as lockdown restrictions are lifting baby! Yes, if your virtual hen do with drinking games and ABBA didn’t quite cut it, then fear not, as we’ve taken a peek at some of the best afternoon tea venues for hen-do’s across London. These classy offerings will have you sipping tea in lavish settings and one thing is guaranteed… Booze! So round up the gals, and have a gander…
That’s So Fetch Afternoon Tea – Duo London
Oh, hello Mean Girls afternoon tea! If it doesn’t get more fetch than the That’s So Fetch offering by Duo London then we’re not sure what will. Not only is the experience extremely Instagrammable, with everything popping in pink, but the food is also scrumptious. This afternoon tea, set in Camden, boasts sandwiches, desserts and the most important factor – cocktails, ladies, with the likes of Pretty In Pink and Very Berry on offer (we’ll take them all please!) You can also indulge in cake, meringue lollipops, strawberries dipped in chocolate and pink book cookies. Sorry BRB, we’re off to indulge…
How much? £39-45
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea – One Aldwych
Perhaps you’re after something a little on the eccentric side well, roll up roll up, and indulge in Roald Dahl’s magical and magnificent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldywich. This terrifically popular treat will see plates piled high with Wonka-worthy cakes, mousses, scones, lemon sherbet tea and so much more. For the booze lovers fear not, there’ll be tipples a’ plenty on offer too. It’s the perfect idea if you’re after something tongue-in-cheek and playful to get the day off to a good start.
How much? £45 per person for a two-hour experience
Afternoon Tea Bus
It’s all aboard the afternoon tea bus for this very quirky adventure! You’ll enjoy a fun time on a vintage Routemaster London bus, gazing at the sights while sipping on tea in a very la-di-da manner. As well, there’ll be sandwiches and French pastries and an unlimited amount of beverages so you’ll never go thirsty. The experience comes courtesy of B-Bakery and there really is no better way to explore the city and have a good chinwag than on one of their buses.
How much? From £55 per person
Brown’s Afternoon Tea
For something truly fancy, it has to be Brown’s.
Brown’s Hotel has a rich history and some very delicious scones
Rocco Forte Hotels took over Brown’s Hotel in London’s fashionable Mayfair, in July 2003. The oldest hotel in London, dating back to 1837, it was established the same year Queen Victoria ascended to the throne, resulting in many a scone! After a £23 million refurbishment in 2004/5, Brown’s five-star doors opened to traditional décor, mixed with lively colours and flora and fauna wallpapers.
The English Tea Room pampers you from the off, lulling guests into a sense of relaxation with a live pianist tinkering away to the tune of vintage classics. You’ll sit soft, amongst Paul Smith lighting, coveted fabrics and eye-catching artworks and peruse a tea menu displaying a smorgasbord of teas, including Brown’s own blend. Waistcoat wearing waiting staff are quick to sashay over with Champagne glasses, filling them up with chilled Ruinart NV Champagne to put a smile on any face.
How much? £40 per person for traditional and £57 per person for Champagne tea
The Berkeley Pret-A-Portea
This afternoon tea has become iconic over the years, and it’s totally worth a try. Think clothes, but edible ones! Yes, the afternoon tea takes on a unique fashion theme and you’ll be eating your way through a ‘cakewalk’ which concludes with Marc Jacobs’ swinging 60s coat and hat, reimagined as a meringue-laced joconde, and more! The very elegant tea includes canapes, sandwiches, a selection of loose-leaf teas, and a tipple or two if you fancy it. So, strut your stuff over to The Berkeley for this hen-do delight…
How much? From £52
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