Our Favourite Afternoon Teas In London For Kids 2024

We are huge fans of a traditional British afternoon tea and pre-kids we enjoyed visiting places like The Ritz and The Lanesborough on special occasions.

But these places, however incredible, were just a bit too fancy for our kids.

Thankfully we discovered that there are places that not only cater for kids but actually create unique and amazing afternoon teas in London for kids.

If your kids are anything like mine, they will decide whether or not they are eating something just by looking at it.

How do you get around this? By creating the most visually appealing and fun plate of food they have ever seen! Even better if it is linked to one of their favourite books or movies.

Over the years we have enjoyed a Willy Wonka tea, a Jurassic tea, an interactive wizarding tea as well as more traditional afternoon teas in London.

We have enjoyed tea with a view and tea on the move. It’s surprising how many different ways there are to have afternoon tea with kids in London!

And in case you are wondering, these afternoon teas for kids in London can be enjoyed by adults too. Most of them offer a glass of fizz as an optional extra.

I’m not going to lie though. These family-friendly afternoon teas in London are quite pricey averaging around £40 per child BUT they are perfect for a special occasion.

If you are finding the price hard to swallow, then you might want to combine the afternoon tea experience with one of these free activities for kids in London.

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T-Rex cake stand at the Jurassic Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel in London.

Before we list the best places in London for afternoon tea with kids, have you started planning your trip to London?

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So – where is best for afternoon tea in London with kids?

Our favourite afternoon teas in London for kids

Remember, these best child friendly afternoon teas in London are perfectly lovely for adults too!

Our top tip for choosing any one of these afternoon teas in London for kids? They are enormous, so you might want to consider whether you will need a dinner reservation in the evening if you made one!

As a guide, most of these places for afternoon tea in London for kids consider a child to be under 12 years old.

The Ampersand Hotel afternoon tea for kids

The Ampersand Hotel is located in South Kensington, close by to two of the best museums in the world – the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

They have created two out of this world afternoon teas for kids: a science themed afternoon tea and a Jurassic themed afternoon tea.

We sampled the Jurassic tea and were not disappointed. Our kids were captivated as the smoke from the dry ice tumbled down over their dino treat laden T-Rex cake stand.

We absolutely loved the matching cocktails. See here for the Jurassic tea pot tails menu and here for the Science tea pot tails.

You can view the child’s Science Afternoon tea menu here and the child’s Jurassic Afternoon tea menu here.

There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options on these teas.

Location: The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3ER.

Family enjoying the Jurassic Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel in London - one of the best afternoon teas in London for kids we've ever tried.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Our experience of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych was nothing short of amazing.

From the moment you walk through the doors all of your senses will be tested.

In keeping with the theme of the book, there were weird and wonderful concoctions to try.

There were some very interesting flavour combinations and some wacky names. Chocolate swudge milkshake or snozzberry jam anyone?

Our kids loved trying to guess the flavour of the candy floss.

What we also loved was that the waiters stayed in character for the entire experience and were great with the kids. That made our experience really special.

Again, we came away with a doggy bag full of treats as there was just so much!

This is a great option if you are going to watch a show like the incredible Lion King (which is literally next door) or Frozen which is just around the corner.

Location: One Aldwych, 1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ.

Boy reaching for a chocolate milkshake surrounded by candy floss at the Charlie and the Chocolate afternoon tea at One Aldwych.

Wizard Afternoon Tea

The Wizard Afternoon Tea at Wands & Wizard Exploratorium in Soho was something that our Harry Potter obsessed 10 year old throughly enjoyed.

It’s a great one for any Harry Potter fan visiting London. See here for more Harry Potter experiences in London.

The tea itself is magical. Literally. You need a magic wand to open your tea chest!

The food itself was delicious but I would say not quite as polished as some of the other kids’ afternoon teas in London in fancy hotels.

I would suggest that it is best paired with the Wand Making experience. If you do the wand making first then you can use your own wand during your afternoon tea.

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free versions of Wizard Afternoon Tea are available but nut allergies cannot be catered for.

Location: Wands & Wizard Exploratorium, 26 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 5DE.

If for any reason you can’t book here, you may want to take a loook at the Harry Potter themed afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge.

Boy playing with his magic wand at the Wizard Afternoon Tea at the Wand and Wizard Exploratorium in London.

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

The whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland comes alive at The Sanderson in London’s Soho.

The Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea at The Sanderson will delight any child  with the intriguing ‘Drink Me’ potions and Alice in Wonderland themed treats, including caterpillars Queen of Hearts jam tarts.

See here for the children’s afternon tea menu.

Location: The Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG.

Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea for kids at the Sanderson Hotel in London including drink me potion, candy floss and macarons.

Photo Credit: Sanderson London

Peter Pan Afternoon Tea

You can enjoy fantastic views of London from the 31st Floor of the Shard while devouring your Peter Pan themed afternoon tea at Aqua.

Savour delicious Peter Pan themed treats with a view from the 31st Floor restaurant.

The menu for this aafternoon tea for kids in London changes so keep an eye on their website. They have previously had Mary Poppins and Roald Dahl themed afternoon teas for kids.

The Shard is one of our top recommended attractions in London for kids if you are looking for fabulous views.

If you would like to head up to the viewing platform on the 72nd floor – you can buy your Shard viewing tickets here.

Location: The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG.

Peter Pan themed afternoon tea for kids in London at Aqua at the Shard with views of the London skyline in the background.

Photo credit: Aqua Shard

Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus  Tour

We absolutely love the idea of combining afternoon tea with a sightseeing tour of London. It’s a great way to save little legs from getting tired and no need to bring hundreds of snacks!

Hop on an iconic red London Routemaster bus for a 90-minute tour of some of the biggest sights in London whilst enjoying your themed afternoon tea for kids.

The tours include an audio guide. This actually works out to be one of the cheaper child friendly afternoon teas in London.

There is a choice of Paddington Bear or Peppa Pig themed afternoon teas for kids or you could just go for the classic tour.

Note that they cannot guarantee a nut free environment.

Location: Various departure points. See links above for details.

Paddington Bear themed afternoon tea by Brigit's Bakery in London.

The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea

I can’t imagine a kid that wouldn’t enjoy a traditional sweet shop themed afternoon tea!

The Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair has really cracked it when it comes to kid-friendly afternoon teas in London with their Original Sweetshop Afternoon Tea.

The kids will literally be like a kid in a sweetshop here where you have the choice of either The  or

At Christmastime they change the menu to the Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea which is perfect if you’re looking for Christmas activities for kids in London.

Once you’ve (over) indulged in the festive treats, you can check out one of these Santa’s experiences in London to round off your festive day out.

Location: The Chesterfield, Mayfair, 35 Charles Street, London, W1J 5EB.

The Original Sweet Shop afternoon tea at the Chesterfield hotel in Mayfair.

Photo credit: The Chesterfield Mayfair

Other places for afternoon tea in London with kids

As you would probably expect, there are a few high end hotels that offer some lovely afternoon teas in London for children.

They tend to be more traditional than the ones I have mentioned above but since they are prepared by some of the top chefs in the country, they still make it into our top ten.

The Dilly afternoon tea

The Dilly afternoon tea offers a very classic afternoon tea experience but with a London twist. It’s a lovely kid-friendly afternoon tea in London for those looking for a fun but traditional tea.

A vegetarian menu is available as well as a non-themed vegan afternoon tea (if you request in advance).

See here for the menu. They also have a festive afternoon tea menu.

If you’re interested in finding a family-friendly hotel in London during your stay, this could be the one. They have excellent family rooms and one of the largest indoor pools in central London.

Location: The Dilly, 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH.

London themed afternoon tea at the Dilly in London.

Photo credit: The Dilly

The Langham Afternoon Tea

For those interested in the history of afternoon tea, head to The Langham, the birthplace of afternoon tea.

The Langham has been serving afternoon tea since it first opened in 1865 and were responsible for popularising the tradition.

Tea is served in their beautiful Palm Court and is a very traditional affair but they do offer a lovely child’s afternoon tea.

For afternoon tea for little ones, they serve jigsaw shaped afternoon tea sandwiches, S’mores and more.

You can view the children’s afternoon tea menu here.

The Langham is another very family-friendly hotel with special activities for kids as well as their dedicated check-in area.

Location: The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA.

Traditional afternoon tea at The Langham in London with a fancy tea stand and two glasses of champagne.

Photo Credit: The Langham

Claridge’s Children’s Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at Claridge’s is a grand affair served in the stunning Foyer & Reading Room. It is very traditional with seasonal British produce being used to create a delightful selection of sweet and savoury treats.

Children are well catered for at Claridges, with a dedicated children’s menu (which also doubles as a colouring book).

If you’re visiting London at Christmas, they also offer a festive afternoon tea menu accompanied with festive Christmas carols.

Location: Claridge’s, Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR.

Two little girls enjoying afternoon tea at Claridge's in London.

Photo Credit: Claridge’s

So – which one of these afternoon teas in London for kids takes your fancy?

If you want to explore further out of London, take a look at our ideas for family day trips from London.