Tea time is an iconic British tradition that dates back to the 19th century when the Duchess of Bedford started the habit of having tea and snacks in the afternoon to stave off hunger until dinner. Today, tea time is still a cherished practice throughout the country, and for many people, tea rooms are an essential part of the experience. If you’re in London and looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a cup of tea, you’re in luck! Here are some of our favorite tea rooms in the city.
This vegan restaurant in north Chelsea offers a unique, modern twist on the traditional tea time. Its menu is full of sweet and savory vegan delights such as a plant-based “crab” toast as well as a miso caramel sponge cake. All dishes are also 100% gluten-free.
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
Opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, the tea room at Fortnum & Mason department store is a quintessential British tea salon that oozes sophistication and elegance. Its menu includes a variety of teas and a mouth-watering selection of classic English scones and finger sandwiches.
Candella Tea Room
Candella tea room is the perfect place for those looking to enjoy their afternoon tea in a cozy and intimate atmosphere. With over 20 tea varieties to choose from, guests can enjoy familiar favorites like Early Grey and English Breakfast, or branch out with a cup of Japanese sencha.