A day out in London can be made even more special by taking the family out for a child-friendly themed afternoon tea. These are some of the most inventive on offer at the moment. Parents might like to assist…
The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson
Expect the unexpected at this deliciously barmy tea party. Who could resist a bottle that says ‘Drink Me’, a mousse that says ‘Eat Me’, ice cream that pops in the mouth or a pocket watch macaroon? Even the sandwiches are unusual, with bread in a rainbow of colours. The tea is served during the summer in the beautiful glass covered courtyard of this hip hotel.
* Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea costs from £48 per adult, from £35 per child (aged 4-11). An adults only Mad Hatter’s Evening Tea is also available until 28th August 2016 and includes savoury bites, alcohol infused cakes and four cocktails per person for £58pp. Visit www.sandersonlondon.com
B Bakery Afternoon Tea on a Double Decker Bus
This is not an afternoon tea for children specifically, but kids of any age can’t resist the chance to whirl around the sights of central London in a big red vintage double decker whilst scoffing sandwiches, scones and fancy cakes. There’s not a commentary as such, but the major sights are usually pointed out and you get a doggy bag to take away anything you can’t finish.
* B Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour costs from £35 per child, £45 per adult (aged under 11 years). Visit www.b-bakery.com/afternoon-tea
Roald Dahl 100 Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard
A high tea in every sense of the word, this one takes place on the 31st floor of The Shard and celebrates what would have been the author’s 100th birthday this year. When guests arrive they are handed a menu, which they can then eat, before embarking on a romp through some Roald Dahl classics, as interpreted by the chefs here. Eat the BFG’s breakfast sandwich, Mr Twit’s bird pie, a Giant Peach meringue, a Notsobig white chocolate crocodile egg and a DIY hot chocolate with a melting chocolate spoon. All is served on bespoke crockery adorned with Quentin Blake illustrations and housed within a mini glass elevator.
* The Roald Dahl 100 Afternoon Tea costs £45 per person and is available from Mondays to Fridays until the end of September. Visit www.aquashard.co.uk
NineTEA at St Ermin’s Hotel
NineTEA was developed to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this year and it is served at the St Ermin’s Tea Lounge and library during weekend and school holidays. Children can nibble on a white chocolate crown, scones with jam and cream, strawberries and cream cupcake, jam pennies and a BuckingHAM palace roll as well as – what else? – Queen cheese and cucumber sandwiches. All accompanied by the very finest apple or orange juice.
* NineTEA costs £15 (under 12s) and is only available when ordered alongside an adult afternoon tea. Visit www.sterminshotel.co.uk
Children’s Afternoon Tea with Hamleys at The Langham
The Langham has just launched its colourful Children’s Afternoon Tea with Hamleys in the hotel’s Palm Court. Kids can enjoy ‘Jigsaw’ sandwiches – in the shape of a puzzle that they can prise apart to eat – Carousel Cup Cake Swirls (each topped with a carousel horse), Cookie Monster Macaroons, Maltesers Chocolate Moose and Langham Cold Chocolate (as opposed to hot, of course!). All is presented like a picnic, on fake grass, with food resting on a log. There’s a Hamleys teddy bear to take away at the end as well as a Sweet Surprise Bag – just to complete the sugar rush!
* Children’s Afternoon Tea with Hamleys costs £27.50 per child (aged 12 and under) and is available from now until 18th December. For details visit www.palm-court.co.uk/#/afternoon-tea/
Let us know what you think of these – and we welcome recommendations for other family-friendly afternoon teas!