Well-heeled Kensington is full of elegant restaurants and tea rooms which provide perfect opportunities to rake in the likes on your Instagram feed. We'd recommend pairing your afternoon tea with an equally as luxurious activity, such as a classical music concert at the Royal Albert Hall in honour of the BBC Proms, on from 13 July to 8 September. Determined to keep you relaxed and recharged for every performance, here’s our pick of six scrumptious afternoon teas in Kensington.
Chakra Holland Street
What: Having built up a solid following in Notting Hill Gate, Chakra has uprooted and moved to Kensington’s quaint Holland Street, creating the ideal setting for some rather sophisticated cooking, which takes its cue from the subcontinent’s royal kitchens, and intimate afternoon teas. The restaurant offers an afternoon chai, during which guests can choose from a selection of five teas while nibbling on an assortment of Indian-style sandwiches, assorted cakes and pastries and samosas.
When: Mon-Sun 12N-3pm
How much: £15.95 for two, £20 with a glass of Bellini
Where: 33C Holland Street, W8 4LX
The Drawing Rooms at the Ampersand Hotel
What: Held in the patisserie lounge decked out with oversized armchairs, pastel colours and striking artwork, The Drawing Rooms’ Science Afternoon Tea is inspired by the nearby Science Museum. With savoury and sweet bites served in petri dishes, guests can nibble on smoked salmon and avocado blinis, and coconut and blueberry macaroons, among other treats. For those seeking something a bit stronger, pair your tea with a glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne.
When: Mon-Fri, 2.30-5.30pm; Sat-Sun, 12.30-6pm
How much: £39.50 per person, £49.50 with Champagne
Where: 10 Harrington Road, SW7 3ER
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie
What: Still stylish and luxurious like the original Ivy, this brasserie branch offers a daily choice of three afternoon teas, depending on whether guests fancy something sweet, savoury or bubbly. The Cream Tea features Dorset clotted cream with strawberry preserve, while the standard afternoon tea comes with a choice of treats such as the truffle chicken brioche roll or raspberry cheesecake. Finally, there is a Champagne option where you can pair your tea with some bubbly.
When: Mon-Sun, 3-5pm
How much: Cream Tea, £8.75; afternoon tea, £19.75; Champagne afternoon tea, £27.50
Where: 96 Kensington High Street, W8 4SG
What: Muriel’s has an endearing homespun look and feel, making it a relaxing and inviting eatery. Staying true to its welcoming nature, the afternoon tea menu features cosy classics such as homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, fresh finger sandwiches and seasonal cakes. Liven up your afternoon and pair your tea with one of Muriel’s gin-based cocktails, all named after London neighbourhoods.
When: Mon-Sun 3-6pm
How much: £16.75 per person
Where: 1-3 Pelham Street, SW7 2ND
Park Terrace at the Royal Garden Hotel
What: Situated just off the reception at the imposing Royal Garden Hotel, Park Terrace’s well-spaced tables and pleasing views make it an ideal destination for a leisurely midday tea. Look out onto Kensington Gardens while enjoying raisin and cinnamon scones and unlimited sandwiches, or upgrade to the Royal Tea for a glass of Champagne and strawberries with balsamic drizzle…don’t forget to raise your pinky!
When: Mon-Thur, 2-5.30pm; Fri-Sun, 1-5.30pm
How much: Kensington Tea, £31; Royal Tea, £41; children’s afternoon tea, £13
Where: Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
What: From its bohemian beginnings in 1920s Soho, Patisserie Valerie has transformed into a pleasingly buzzy place for a scone and cup of tea. The menu is simple and straight forward, just how an afternoon should be. Enjoy your tea with savoury snacks, as options include cucumber on white bread or a mini vegetable quiche, while sweeter indulgences come in the form of mini chocolate éclairs. Finish off with fruit and plain scones slathered in strawberry and raspberry jam with clotted cream.
When: Mon-Sun, 10am-6pm
How much: £25 for two
Where: 27 Kensington Church Street, W8 4LL