The best children's afternoon teas in London and the UK

Treat the little'uns to a delicious day out with these special children's afternoon tea experiences

Updated on 29 June 2021

The best children's afternoon teas in London and the UK

It’s funny how we think of traditional afternoon tea as an elegant, grown-up pastime when, essentially, it’s the same as a children’s tea party (just with actual tea instead of air and with the addition of a hefty price tag). In fact, when you stop and think about it, afternoon tea generally comprises all the things kids love: crust-less sandwiches, sweet scones and a variety of miniature cakes and treats that are just perfect for little hands. And some kids even like a cuppa (although lots of the options below offer hot chocolate or milkshakes instead)!

There are so many reasons you might be looking to treat your little ones to the perfect children’s afternoon tea. To name but a few it could be half term and they could be driving you wild around the house – when any excuse to get out is a welcome distraction – or perhaps it’s a moment for a special celebration, a birthday perhaps or a significant rite of passage (you know, like moving from primary to secondary school or losing their last baby tooth). Whatever the reason, there’s something super sweet about seeing kids get really excited about doing something so distinctly grown-up feeling. Why not get everyone to choose their favourite outfit and make a real day of it?

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We often get asked where the best children’s afternoon teas are in London and the rest of the UK, so we got to work on our guide which includes all of the top spots to spoil your mini-mes. We don’t think you can get much better than treating your child(ren) to afternoon tea that’s tailor-made for them. These bespoke children’s afternoon teas that we’ve rounded up for you are all fun and delicious, which make them fantastic for all involved. Who says the summer holidays have to be boring?

Children's afternoon tea London

Whether you're rounding off a morning's sightseeing around the capital, meeting friends for a summer holiday play date, or just need an activity saved for a rainy day, these extra special children's afternoon teas promise smiles all round.

The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield Mayfair

What? Take your children to this sweet-tastic afternoon tea and they’ll be running around like...well, a kid in a candy store. Inspired by Hardys Original Sweetshop, this children's tea at The Chesterfield follows up the traditional finger sandwiches and scones with an array of sweet treats - think a Coca Cola slice and a strawberry liquorice allsorts cheesecake.
Why? This afternoon tea is undoubtedly suited to children, but fun-loving grown-ups are welcome too, and your efforts can be rewarded with a glass of Champagne too.
When & where? Monday-Sunday 12.30-5.30pm;
How much? £31 for children and £47 for adults

Children’s Art Afternoon Tea at The Rosewood 

What? If you think you have a budding Picasso or Monet on your hands, fuel their passion with a visit to The Rosewood's art-inspired afternoon tea. The offering here is always inspired by exhibitions at the nearby Tate gallery, with the sweet treats based off of the art works themselves. Currently, that means the likes of a peach and jasmine macaron or tartlet cheesecake with cherry blossom, inspired by the ‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms’ exhibition.
Why? There are few children’s afternoon teas that combine both child-like and grown-up hobbies, so if you’re an arty type, grab this opportunity with both hands.
When & where? Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm; 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
How much? £35 per child

Children's Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard

What? Taking inspiration from the classic children’s novel of Peter Pan, Aqua Shard’s latest afternoon tea is a treat for the eyes as much as it is for the taste buds. Expect the likes of Tinkerbell cookies, a tree trunk chocolate cake and a crocodile in a jelly pot to thrill your little ones, while grown-ups can treat themselves to a glass of fizz.
Why? This tea is definitely just as much fun for adults as it is for children, plus £2 from every booking will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
When & where? Thursday to Sunday from 12.15-4.15pm; Level 31, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much? £52 per person or £68 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and £75 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose.

Betty Blythe Children’s Afternoon Tea Parties 

What? If you are looking for an exclusive afternoon tea experience, check out Betty Blythe’s children’s tea parties. The vintage tearoom can play host to groups of children, giving them access to a dressing up box, as well as a traditional tea of sandwiches and sweet treats. There is also the option to make biscuit decorating or jewellry making part of your party package.
Why? This is a fun and unique way to make sure that your child’s birthday is one to remember
When & where? Any day you like: 73 Blythe Road,W14 0HP
How much? £220.00 for a party of eight guests

Wizard-Themed Children’s Afternoon Tea at Cutter & Squidge

What? If your child is a lover of all things wizards and witches, this is the children’s afternoon tea for them. The immersive experience will see kiddies wear cloaks as they learn how to master casting spells, before tucking into a range of kooky sweet and savoury treats including the bakery’s famous ‘biskie’ (a delicious biscuit/cookie/cake hybrid).
Why? For legal reasons, we’re obliged to say that this tea is in no way affiliated with Harry Potter, but it’s perfect for kids that are still waiting for their letter from Hogwarts.
When & where? Monday-Sunday, 12-5pm;  20 Brewer Street, W1F 0SJ
How much? £39.50 for children, £49.50 for adults

Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

What? As parents, you sometimes have to do things that you don’t want to. While we doubt afternoon tea atop a Peppa Pig themed bus is at the top of most adult’s to-do lists, your children will certainly revel in the chance to see London accompanied by their favourite television character.
Why? Although the theme might be quirky, this tea’s menu is pretty traditional, so it’s adult- friendly too. Expect finger sandwiches followed by the likes of strawberry macarons and seasonal fruit tarts.
When & where? Thursdays-Sundays, 12.15-2.15pm; departing from Somerset House
How much? £45 per child

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

What? Immerse yourself in one of the tastiest tales with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych. Feast on savoury surprises such as the not-quite-as-it-seems salmon and beetroot macarons and sweet treats, including fabulously fluffy candy floss, all washed down with chocolate or lemon sherbet tea, or a glittering Champagne for the adults.
Why? Who didn’t grow up reading this Roald Dahl classic? We love that this fun and quirky afternoon tea is just as magical and bonkers as the book.
When & where? Various dates available; One Aldwych, Covent Garden
How much? £65 per adult, £50 per child - Price includes a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the hotel, followed by afternoon tea

Miffy Afternoon Tea at Maggie & Rose

What? Celebrating 65 years of the iconic children’s character Miffy, Maggie & Rose’s afternoon tea, themed around the famous bunny, includes Miffy cookies, orange macarons, and a healthy carrot shot. Kids can also enjoy looking at a number of pieces of signature Miffy artwork on display in the café.
Why? We all loved Miffy as a child, so what could be better than spending an afternoon tea immersed in everything to do with the little white bunny? The incredibly reasonable prices are a bonus too.
When & where? 22 March to 14 April, Tuesday–Saturday from 2–5pm; Maggie & Rose club in Islington
How much? £12 for adults (or £15 including a glass of Prosecco) and £5 for children

 

Kids’ Afternoon Tea at OXO Tower Restaurant

What? A scrumptious alternative to a traditional grown-up’s afternoon tea, OXO Tower Restaurant’s sweet-as-you-like bespoke children’s tea includes treats such as a banana milkshake shot, caramel and sea salt popcorn, mini scones and caramel cream éclairs.
Why? A hit with the head chef’s harshest critics (his two sons), this sweet offering provides a fun afternoon out for the whole family. Kids will love the variety and the views are pretty spectacular too!
When & where? Monday-Friday 3pm - 5pm, Saturday-Sunday 2pm-4.30pm; OXO Tower Restaurant, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH.
How much? £16 (available for children up to the age of 12)

What? Immerse yourself in one of the tastiest tales with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych. Feast on savoury surprises such as the not-quite-as-it-seems salmon and beetroot macarons and fabulously fluffy candy floss, all washed down with chocolate or lemon sherbet tea, or a glittering Champagne for the adults.
Why? Who didn’t grow up reading this Roald Dahl classic? We love that this quirky afternoon tea is just as magical and bonkers as the book.
When & where? Various dates available; One Aldwych, Covent Garden
How much? £65 per adult, £50 per child - Price includes a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the hotel, followed by afternoon tea 

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

What? A tea party fit for the Queen of Hearts that’s full of nods to Lewis Carroll’s magical tale, ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Children can choose either fresh juice or hot chocolate before tucking into teatime treats that include sandwiches, scones, a mocha chessboard gateau, a Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger and more.
Why? It’s not every day that children get to tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a real-life tea party inspired by Alice’s whimsical world, so you can be sure they’ll remember this experience for years to come. Every item on the menu has been meticulously crafted to be both memorable and delicious, making it fun for the whole family.
When & where? Monday-Saturday 12.30pm - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm; Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG
How much? £35 per child, £48 per adult

 

Afternoon Tea for Little Ones at The Lanesborough

What? Created by a dedicated pastry team, this child-friendly version of The Lanesborough’s exquisite afternoon tea includes ham, cheese and strawberry jam finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, macarons, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a choice of hot chocolate with marshmallows or fresh fruit juice. Look out for seasonal teas too - for summer 2021, a Cruella De Vil tea is taking to the stage.
Why? Served in the majestic surroundings of Céleste, this tower of treats will delight little boys and girls from the moment they set eyes on it. Children might be oblivious to a lot of things that grown-ups hold dear, but the opulence of this plush dining room and the sumptuous patisserie on offer are sure to make an impression.
When & where? Saturday-Sunday, 12.30pm-4.30pm; The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA
How much? £18 per child; £49 for adults dining from the Sweet Summer Afternoon Tea menu

 

Kids' Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand

What? An inventive selection of sweet and savoury treats, all served on a rocket-shaped cake stand. This exciting experience begins with a delicious “spaceman” hot chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles and goes on to include the likes of rocket cheese straws, scones with freeze-dried fruit toppings, jelly served in a petri dish and edible fossils hidden in chocolate “soil”.
Why? This fun kid-friendly version of The Ampersand’s Science Afternoon Tea (included in our best themed afternoon teas in London round-up) is a great way to encourage children to think positively about science, and gives the grown-ups in charge a chance to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea as well. We believe the scientific term for that is ‘win-win’!
When & where? Monday-Saturday 12.30pm-9pm, Sunday 12.30pm-7pm; The Ampersand, 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER
How much? £29.50 per child

 

Little Prince and Princess Tea at The Rubens at The Palace

What? A pretty selection of afternoon tea treats, including bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink that’s fit for any of royally good children. Well, this is The Palace (hotel) we’re talking about!
Why? Generally speaking, if there are sprinkles and fudgy chocolate cakes involved, kids are going to love it, which is why we’re sure your little princes and princesses will go mad for this offering from The Rubens at The Palace. What’s more, there’s a grown-up’s version inspired by royal events and dining trends throughout the centuries for you to tuck into while the kids are getting their fingers good and sticky.
When & where? Sunday-Friday 12pm 5pm, Saturday 12pm-6pm; The Rubens at The Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS
How much? £15 per child (under the age of 12 years); £45 per adult for the Royal Afternoon Tea

 

Children’s Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

What? A children’s version of the quintessential afternoon tea that’s been taken by the well-to-do at this upmarket department store for centuries. Behold the specially-crafted top tier of the silver and duck egg blue cake stand, which includes child-friendly treats in the form of a mini dark chocolate cake, a pink meringue, a Jammy Dodger biscuit and strawberry swirl jelly. Young tea enthusiasts can opt for Fortnum’s classic blend to accompany their sandwiches, scones and cakes, or opt for hot chocolate, milk or juice instead.
Why? Taking a seat at the white-table-clothed-table in the majestic surrounds of Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is a memorable experience for most adults, so just imagine how thrilling it must be for a child. At Fortnum’s, youngsters are treated as well as the grown-ups who bring them, making it a wonderfully civilised affair for all involved.
When & where? Monday-Thursday 11.30am-7.30pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11.30am-5.45pm; Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER
How much? £26 per child (ages 4-10 only) and £55 for Fortnum & Mason’s classic afternoon tea

 

Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea at The Terrace On Piccadilly

What? A darling selection of sandwiches, mini scones and cute patisserie inspired by everyone’s favourite mischievous bunny. Available in both adult and children’s sizes (and with a vegetarian option for each), this limited edition afternoon tea includes a variety of tasty treats from the ‘Flower-Pot Hideout’ (an edible chocolate pot with chamomile mousse, blackberry, chocolate ‘mud’ and sponge cake) to vegetable patch sandwiches and fluffy scones. The adult version comes with tea, while kids can choose hot chocolate, lemonade or ‘Flopsy’s Strawberry Surprise’.
Why? This beautifully-designed afternoon tea is a joy to behold and just as good to eat! Served in the bright brasserie among an array of greenery that Peter Rabbit would probably quite like to munch on, this quaint offering is the perfect treat following an adventurous day’s sightseeing around London.
When & where?  Monday-Sunday 12.30pm-5pm; The Terrace on Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH
How much? £35 for the adult’s menu, £25 for the children’s menu

 

Children's Afternoon Tea at The Savoy

What? The Savoy’s first children’s afternoon tea offering in its 129-year history is a miniature version of its classic adult offering. Little ones will begin with finger sandwiches filled with the likes of peanut butter and jam, before tucking sweet treats including a chocolate brownie and a macaron lollipop
Why? The magic of The Savoy probably can’t be fully appreciated until adulthood, but children will certainly be thrilled by the majestic interiors and the promise of plenty of sugary treats.
When & where? Monday-Sunday, 1pm-3pm; The Savoy, The Strand, WC2R 0EZ
How much? £37.50 per child. Adults will be served The Savoy’s Traditional Afternoon Tea at £65 per person

 

Children's afternoon tea UK

For those who live outside the capital or have plans to visit some of the UK's prettiest towns and cities this summer, these special children's afternoon teas in Edinburgh, Yorkshire and the Peak District are well worth a visit!

 

Children’s Afternoon Tea at Chatsworth House

What? An adorable mini cake stand containing a stack of jam, ham and cheese sandwiches, a freshly baked scone piled high with clotted cream and jam, a DIY (Decorate It Yourself) gingerbread bear, a hedgehog cake pop, a marshmallow and macaroon toad stool, and a chocolate or strawberry milkshake.
Why? Whether you’re big or small, afternoon tea at Chatsworth is an experience as luxurious as the surroundings in which it’s taken. It makes a wonderful start or end to a day’s fun at the historic stately home, where you’ll find plenty of activities for kids in addition to this super-sweet children’s afternoon tea.
When & where? Monday-Sunday 1pm-3.30pm; Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
How much? £12.50 per child. The adult version costs £35 per person

 

Children’s Tea at Bettys York & Harrogate

What? A scaled-down version of the traditional afternoon tea served at Yorkshire’s most famous tea rooms, which includes a selection of sandwiches, lemon and sultana scones, miniature cakes and traditionally pressed apple juice (instead of tea).
Why? Bettys is an institution that everyone, regardless of age, should experience at some point. Refined constantly since opening in the 1920s, it’s famous for its homemade cakes, speciality teas and opulent surroundings. There are six cafes in total, but only the Harrogate and York branches are bookable, so whether you live in the north or plan to visit during the summer holidays, afternoon tea at Bettys is a lovely treat for the whole family.
When & where? Thursday 1.30pm-2pm, Friday & Sunday 12pm-2.30pm, Saturday 11.30am-5pm at Bettys Harrogate, 1 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2QU.
Monday 12pm-12.30pm, Thursday, Friday & Sunday 12pm-2.30pm, Saturday 11am-5.30pm at Bettys York, 6-8 St Helen's Square, York, YO1 8QP

How much? £13.95 for children under 12 only. Afternoon tea for adults is priced at £34.95 per person

 

Mini Afternoon Tea at the Grand Café, Edinburgh

What? A mini selection of filled sandwiches, sweet treats and a choice of decaf tea, hot chocolate or fruit juice awaits little ones at this stunning café that was once home to the famous Scotsman Newspaper in central Edinburgh.
Why? Located in the sweet spot between Edinburgh Old Town and Princes Street, the Grand Café is ideal for a luxurious break from shopping or sightseeing, whether you’ve kids in tow or not. The special children’s afternoon tea offering here is generous and delicious – much like the grown-up’s equivalent – and the surroundings are just breath-taking.
When & where? Monday-Sunday 12pm-5.30pm; The Grand Cafe, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR
How much? £9.95 per child (under 12 years of age only), and £21.95 per adult

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