Where to Get the Best Affordable Afternoon Tea in London

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Where to Get the Best Affordable Afternoon Tea in London

Finger sandwiches, dainty cakes and pastries, scones with jam and cream, and all, of course, with a hot pot of tea. When you’re visiting England, experiencing a classic afternoon tea has got to be on your to do list. But when you’re on a budget in London, cheap and affordable high teas aren’t the easiest to find. We’ve scouted out the most indulgent afternoon teas in London that all come up less than £30, so you can feel quintessentially British without breaking the bank!

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1 Roast in London Bridge, £16

The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL

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Roast in Borough Market knows how to do British food. Their Sunday roast is one of the best in London, and now their afternoon tea is taking Borough by storm. For a seriously good price of just £16 in the midst of London’s most bustling market, you can get a selection of finger sandwiches, plain or fruit scones with fancy preserves, cakes, pastries and a great selection of teas to suit anyone’s taste buds. The price to include a glass of bubbles is still pretty good too at just £25.

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2 Number 16, £22

16 Sumner Pl, Kensington, London SW7 3EG

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When the sun’s shining, step into The Orangery of the Number 16 hotel for tea and cake in a secret garden. This place will really make you feel like you’re splashing the cash on a seriously fancy afternoon tea, when in reality it only costs £22! Simple sandwiches, mouthwatering cakes and buttery scones to go with your English tea. Number 16 offers the classic, British experience in a beautiful, characterful setting.

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3 Dean Street Townhouse, £21

69 - 71 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SE

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Simple, smart and sophisticated. That’s what you’ll get from the Dean Street Townhouse £21 afternoon indulgence. For the small selection of savouries and scones, the price might sound a little steep, but for the little taste of luxury you get with an afternoon tea in this place, the small splash of cash is well worth it.

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4 German Gymnasium, £18.50

King's Blvd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BU

The German Gymnasium oozes sophistication (I know right, you’d never guess it from the name), with lilac flowers falling from the ceiling and plush seating scattered all over the 2 floors. From Thursday to Sunday, the grand cafe opens to guests who are after an afternoon tea with a German/Austrian twist. The atmosphere is always buzzing here, making you feel welcome and relaxed as soon as you step inside.

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5 The Modern Pantry, £22.50

47-48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ

For a modern take on afternoon tea, The Modern Pantry (as the name suggests...) hits the spot. This place really does live up to its name by using contemporary ingredients in its sweet and savoury menu. From tamarind and miso caramel macarons to pear ketchup with veggie fritters, for just £22.50 this menu is definitely worth the cash for a slightly different experience with a chilled out vibe.

6 Paul in Covent Garden, £14.95

29 Bedford St, London WC2E 9ED

Expect a Parisian twist on an afternoon tea at London’s popular French cafe chain Paul in Covent Garden. At £14.95, and the cheapest on this list, you might be surprised at how much variety is offered on this high tea menu. Great veggie and non-veggie sandwich options, tasty pastries, mouthwatering macarons and an almond brioche as opposed to the classic scone - you just can’t go wrong when it comes with such an affordable price tag!

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7 Balthazar, £29.95

4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ

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Ok, so this one is right at the top of our affordable price range, but believe us, it’s worth it. Balthazar has paired with Flowerbx for an unforgettable flower-themed afternoon tea. Their delicious list of cakes and pastries all come out tasting AND looking like little flowers, and their fresh sandwiches are classic yet beautifully made. This brasserie is Insta-goals, (both the venue and the food) so don’t forget to get your camera out before going in for that first bite…

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8 To a Tea, £25

14 Farringdon St, London, EC4A 4AB

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Tasty finger sandwiches, dainty petit-fours and homemade crumbly scones. To a Tea does a lovely afternoon indulgence the proper British way at amazing value for money. Not only does it taste devine, but it all comes out the kitchen looking perfect. The tea is served brewing in a pot and the food comes out in 3-tiers... How else would want that #afternoontea Insta post to look?!

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