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Afternoon Tea in London

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Afternoon Tea in London
A quintessential British tradition, afternoon tea has been around since the 19th century. Follow the tea-sipping lead of bygone British duchesses, and indulge yourself with mid-afternoon cakes, sandwiches, and tea at a traditional London hotel.

Highlights
  • A pot of tea paired with a tier of fresh finger sandwiches, scones, and little cakes on fine china form the hallmark of the best afternoon tea. Champagne is offered as a special indulgence.
  • While squeezed between lunch and dinner, afternoon tea is a ritual that can’t be rushed. Aim to "take tea" for about two hours.
  • Most experiences take place at elegant tea rooms in prestigious central London hotels, easy to access by foot and public transport. Some combo tours offer hotel pickup and drop-off, too.
  • Credit for the afternoon tea custom goes to a friend of Queen Victoria's, the seventh Duchess of Bedfordshire, who ordered snacks to see her through until dinner. The tradition went on to become a beloved social occasion.

Afternoon Tea Experiences
For a traditional afternoon tea that would be approved of by the aristocrats, look to a 4- or 5-star hotel such as Grosvenor House, Claridge's, the Savoy, the Ritz, or the Rubens at the Palace Hotel. While the tea menu, elegant cakes, and finger sandwiches will delight most, some hotels go further for families with a kids' menu that swaps tea for milkshakes.

Combo Tours
Pair a London city tour with English afternoon tea; it's the perfect way to top off an action-packed sightseeing experience in the capital. Tea can be taken as you sightsee from a Thames River boat; after a vintage London bus tour; or after a dedicated tour of Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, or Shakespeare's Globe.
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London Vintage Bus Tour with Cream Tea at Harrods

London Vintage Bus Tour with Cream Tea at Harrods

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Sightsee in London by vintage double-decker bus and modern catamaran on this half-day tour. As you travel around the city, watch out for top London landmarks like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Then, hop out for photos at the Tower of London before taking a cruise along the Thames River. Sparkling wine, cream tea, and scones at Harrods complete the experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

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While in London, combine an iconic British tradition with a unique sightseeing excursion on an afternoon tea cruise. Spend a luxurious time enjoying a unique dining experience with family and friends on the Thames River. As you cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster, indulge in tea, freshly prepared cakes, and sandwiches, and view London’s great landmarks including the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the London Eye.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.77
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Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea

Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Afternoon Tea

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Travel through time to Elizabethan London on a guided tour of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Visit the reconstructed theater on the city’s Bankside and enjoy lively commentary about staging and performance in Shakespeare’s day. Then, head into the Globe Exhibition with an audio guide to listen to recordings of riveting performances and learn about drama in 16th-century London from interactive displays. Make your experience even more memorable by upgrading to include a sumptuous 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'–themed afternoon tea at the Globe's restaurant.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.39
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Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and travel in style across London. Uncover the city’s royal secrets and history with a guided tour from a White Tower Warden at Tower of London with time to explore at your leisure and see the Crown Jewels. After passing St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe, stop for a bite to eat at Borough Market. Then head to Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married. Receive a guided tour of the Abbey before you're treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea with all the trimmings at the Abbey’s Cellarium Café.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea

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Delight in the quintessentially English culture of London on a half-day tour that combines three iconic British experiences. With a knowledgeable guide, watch the incredible Changing of the Guard ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace, and then embark on an audio-guided tour of the residence’s lavish State Apartments, only open for two months of the year. Then, head to a prestigious hotel in central London and pleasure your palate with an appetizing array of finger sandwiches, soft scones, and aromatic cups of English tea. Book now to avoid missing the few dates that Buckingham Palace is open to the public.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour Including Afternoon Tea

Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour Including Afternoon Tea

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Feel like a British Royal on this 4-hour tour that includes a visit to Buckingham Palace and afternoon tea. Meet a tour host outside the royal residence and head inside with your prebooked ticket and audio guide for an independent tour of the State Rooms. Then, join back up with your host and stroll through St James’s Park to an elegant venue, where you’ll savor a traditional afternoon tea spread of scones, sandwiches and tea. Please note: Buckingham Palace is open to the public for just eight weeks (approx.) each year and tickets sell out quickly. Book early to avoid disappointment.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Semi-Private Kensington Palace & Royal Gardens Tour

Semi-Private Kensington Palace & Royal Gardens Tour

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Enjoy a royal welcome to London with a 3-hour fully guided tour of Kensington Palace and Gardens, the official home of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Make the most of early-access and view the lavish State Apartments and exquisite Royal Gardens before the crowds arrive. Finish your regal experience with a decadent afternoon tea at the Orangery Restaurant, sipping specialty teas and tucking into handmade cakes and pastries.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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