Afternoon Tea

It is said that Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, invented Afternoon Tea in 1840. This was to satisfy her peckishness during the long wait between lunch and dinner. Today, we are proud to continue this English ritual – with a twist of Claridge’s creativity.

Prepared and served fresh each day, our menu faithfully follows the traditional combination of sweet and savoury. The ingredients include British specialities such as poached Scottish salmon – and our pastries change to reflect the fruits of the season. Of course, at the heart of the experience is the drink itself. From a rich Oolong to the refreshingly complex Claridge’s Blend, you will find teas that complement your food perfectly.


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Served daily between 2.45pm and 5.30pm.

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Max. table size: 8 guests. 

For Afternoon Tea bookings, on  21 and 22 March 2020, we will be serving our Mother's Day menu only, £90 per person. From 10 to 13 April 2020, we will be serving our Easter menu only, £90 per person.

Seasonal afternoon tea

To celebrate certain key dates in the British calendar, Claridge’s pastry chefs create a special edition of our afternoon tea. Please note that on the following dates a seasonally-inspired afternoon tea will be served exclusively: Mother's Day afternoon tea 21 - 22 March 2020 - £90 per person; Easter afternoon tea 10 - 13 April 2020 - £90 per person; Chelsea Flower Show afternoon tea 18 - 23 May 2020 - £90 per person.

English tradition meets French flair

A timeless English tradition meets French flair as Parisian pâtissier Jérôme Chaucesse introduces an exquisite collection of pastries to the Claridge's afternoon tea menu for the New Year. As MOF Pâtissier Confiseur, the highest accolade a pastry chef can achieve, his delicate designs have become world renowned.

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