Afternoon tea delivery near me: Scrumptious options that deliver to London and the UK

How to enjoy top-quality scones and finger sandwiches at home

Updated on 02 February 2021

Afternoon tea delivery near me: Scrumptious options that deliver to London and the UK

The unprecedented events of 2020 changed many of the ways in which we go about our day to day lives, including our access to restaurants and other foodie experiences. One thing the Coronavirus pandemic has failed to do however, is suppress the nation’s appetite for a gold old fashion afternoon tea. In fact, during the multiple on-again, off-again lockdowns we have been plagued with, online searches for ‘afternoon tea delivery near me’ have soared, proving the old British adage that there is no problem that can’t be solved by a good cup of tea (and maybe a cream cake or two).

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Traditionally, afternoon tea is something of a special occasion, often served within the walls of glamorous five-star hotels or upmarket restaurants and cafes in well-heeled neighbourhoods, but now you can enjoy it within the comfort of your own home, without even having to get changed out of your pyjamas. A number of London and UK restaurants, hotels and online delivery services now offer afternoon tea DIY kits, hampers and gift sets which can be sent direct to your doorstep.

So if you have found yourself craving a freshly-baked scone slathered in clotted cream and strawberry jam, or caught yourself daydreaming about tucking into an egg and mayonnaise finger sandwich, you will be glad to know that we have rounded up the best afternoon tea delivery available to high tea enthusiasts around the UK.

Our selection ranges from the full-blown afternoon tea experience, to more simplified versions that are better suited to enjoying indoors. Check out our pick of the best afternoon tea delivery services below and remember not to start any ‘cream first’ or ‘jam first’ debates with members of your household when you get the scones out...because you will have nowhere to escape to (you have been warned).

Aqua Shard Peter Pan Afternoon Tea

What: Taking its inspiration from the classic adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland, this magical afternoon tea from Aqua Shard is sure to be a hit. Designed for two, the box contains a savoury selection which includes ‘Codfish’ Captain Hook: deep-fried cod brandade with red breadcrumbs. The savouries are joined by finger sandwiches, scones with apple jam and coconut clotted cream, plus sweet treats such as lime green Victoria cake with coconut and fondant icing.
How much: £85 (add a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne for £28)
Delivery: Anywhere within the M25
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Oblix Afternoon Tea

What: While the stunning views that Oblix restaurant in London is famous for sadly can’t be packed up in a box and sent your way, you can still enjoy the restaurant’s excellent afternoon tea offering in the comfort of your own home. The tea serves two and includes a selection of teas from the Rare Tea Company, alongside the likes of lobster mayonnaise sandwiches, cranberry scones with jam, and mini chocolate and passionfruit tarts.
How much: £75 or £115 with Champagne
Delivery: Fri-Sun only, available to anyone living with a six mile radius of Oblix’s sister restaurant Zuma
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Ham Yard Hotel Afternoon Tea

What: It is a well known fact that many of the best afternoon teas in the UK are served in fine hotels, but in the instance that you can’t be bothered to put your glad rags on, have the hotel ship an afternoon tea box directly to you instead. This traditional offering from Ham Yard Hotel kicks off with finger sandwiches such as smoked salmon and dill before moving on to fruit and plain scones, before finishing up with sweets such as a chocolate brownie with black cherry gel.
How much: £30
Delivery: Available February 2021 only, delivering to most central London postcodes.
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The Gentlemen Baristas Afternoon Tea

What: If you’ve previously felt excluded from afternoon tea because you prefer coffee, The Gentlemen Baristas are here to help. Alongside English Breakfast Tea, this pack also comes with The Gentlemen Baristas single origin coffee, alongside four varieties of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, plus puddings including caramel slice bites.
How much: £30
Delivery: Nationwide delivery
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Browns Afternoon Tea

What: Long-standing Mayfair hotel Browns isn’t afraid to keep up with the times, as evidenced by its launch of an at home afternoon tea which is available for delivery or collection. You can expect to find everything you’d want from a proper afternoon tea, including blends from JING, a selection of finger sandwiches and scones that can either arrive plain or infused with cinnamon and orange zest. There is a selection of sweet goods to finish with too.
How much: £40
Delivery: London postcodes only
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Mmmm... Afternoon Tea from Sketch

What: If you can’t make it to the pink-hued Gallery at Insta-famous London restaurant Sketch, instead try having its much-loved afternoon tea sent direct to your door. Arriving in a pretty pink box, the selection includes finger sandwiches, scones and dainty sugary treats such as lemon marshmallow and strawberry cheesecake. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free versions of the tea are also available.
How much: £49
Delivery: Anywhere within the M25
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Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Delight Gift Box

What: It should come as no surprise that Fortnums, which boasts a world-famous tea salon at its Piccadilly flagship, has hopped on the afternoon tea delivery bandwagon and boy are we glad they have. The Afternoon Delight Gift Box is perfect for those with a sweet tooth, featuring both salted caramel and lemon curd biscuits, which can be dunked into a mug of Royal Blend Tea, as well as a jar of raspberry preserve to spread on your morning toast.
How much: £50
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Afternoon Tea Letter Box Hamper

What: If you want to send the gift of afternoon tea to someone, this treat box from Letter Box should do the trick, and as the name suggests, there’s no need to worry about whether the recipient will be in or not because this hamper can fit through most letterboxes. Inside, your giftee will find a personalised message from you, alongside British grown tea, Scottish shortbread, fresh raspberry jam, and a pack of organic dark chocolate.
How much: £32.95
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Scones For Afternoon Tea Hamper

What: While ordering afternoon tea direct to your door might be about convenience for most people, some might use it as an opportunity to master a new skill. This DIY hamper contains scone mix so that you can make your own creations, as well as a fine tea blend and a pot of blackcurrant and plum jam to reward yourself with once you’ve finished baking. This is a fun way to spend an afternoon and could also be a great activity for small children.
How much: £29.97
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Waitrose ‘Create Your Own’ Afternoon Tea

What: If you are planning to host afternoon tea, but would rather put your own individual spin on things, why not build your own selection via the Waitrose website? The much-loved supermarket has a dedicated ‘afternoon tea’ page where you can browse the likes of finger sandwich platters, Scotch eggs and Watirose own Duchy afternoon tea blend. There are plenty of sweet treats to choose from too, including a layered lemon, raspberry and rose cake and lemon blossom cupcakes - all the fun of afternoon tea at home, without any of the stress.
How much: Spend as little or as much as you’d like
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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M&S Ultimate Afternoon Tea Selection

What: If you are the sort of person who sits through the savouries and finger sandwiches portion of afternoon tea, just waiting to tuck into the sweet treats, then this new selection from Marks & Spencer is just the ticket. The Ultimate Afternoon Tea Selection is a hamper full of sweet things which can help you to recreate the best part of high tea at home. Tuck into the likes of a Victoria sponge cake, miniature chocolate brownie bites and a strawberry and clotted cream Swiss roll.
How much: £20
Delivery: UK mainland delivery (available from 5 February)
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British Afternoon Tea for Four

What: Anyone worth their cucumber sandwiches knows that afternoon tea was invented in Britain, and this gift set is certainly not shy about celebrating it. Show off your patriotism with this red, white and blue affair that features four types of handmade brownies paired with sachets of the finest Tea Pigs blends. Tuck into the likes of salted caramel brownie or an Oreo brownie to have yourself the kind of afternoon treat we reckon Queen Lizzie herself would approve of.
How much: £30.95
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Cutter & Squidge Afternoon Tea at Home

What: Looking to give yourself a treat from the comfort of your own home? Check out this tea from Cutter & Squidge, which can be delivered anywhere in the UK. Best eaten on the day of delivery, this afternoon tea pack is designed for two people and includes four buttery scones complete with Rodda's Clotted Cream and a pot of jam, as well as sweet treats such as brownies and mini lemon drizzle cakes. You can wash it all down with a packet of Cutter & Squidges own loose leaf tea.
How much: £29.90
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Gail’s Bakery Afternoon Tea for Four

What: If you live in a house share or with your family, you’ll be glad to know that this afternoon tea from popular bakery Gail’s serves four people. The box of goodies contains loose leaf JING tea, alongside sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and avocado yoghurt or avocado and egg. Sweet offerings meanwhile include scones with Rodda’s clotted cream and jam and lemon curd, plus chocolate brownie fingers and honey cakes.
How much: £42
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Piglet’s Pantry Tea for Two

What: This afternoon tea offering from Piglet’s Pantry is quite the feast. Designed to share between two, the hamper of goodies features everything you could want from a traditional afternoon tea - think cheese and chive quiches, Scotch eggs and handmade sausage rolls to start, followed by scones paired with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, plus a selection of four cakes, including a slice of carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting.
How much: £30
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Betty’s Tea & Scones Gift Selection

What: Something of an institution in northern parts of the country, long-standing Betty’s has become a byword for excellent afternoon tea. If you can’t make it to one of its outposts, instead order tea to be enjoyed at home. This gift set comes with 80 tea bags of Bettys Tea Room Blend, a Yorkshire Tea Loaf, four scones and a pot of strawberry preserve to slather them with (although you will need to source your own cream).
How much: £16.50
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Lola’s Cupcakes Cream Tea Box

What: Lola’s may be best known for its seemingly never-ending list of cupcake varieties, but did you know that the brand also offers a cream tea box for delivery? While this is a somewhat more simple alternative to a full-blown afternoon tea, the box does contain four freshly baked scones, four pots of clotted cream, a jar of organic strawberry conserve and a bottle of fresh cold pressed orange juice to wash everything down with.
How much: £17.99
Delivery: UK mainland delivery
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Laduree Cream Tea for Two

What: Putting a French twist on a quintessentially British tradition, Laduree’s Cream Tea for Two package contains two scones, a jar of strawberry jam and a miniature selection of its world-famous classic macarons, all beautifully presented in an ornate Laduree box. Click and collect is also available if you fancy the exercise.
How much: £20
Delivery: London addresses only
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Prices correct at time of writing

Prefer to enjoy your finger sandwiches in more traditional surrounds? Check out our guide to the best afternoon teas in London