Londoners, Here Are the Best Places to Take Your Mom for Afternoon Tea on Mother's Day
Spoil your favorite lady this weekend.
An expensive gift can never compare to quality time spent with your loved ones — well, your mom will agree. With Mother’s Day fast-approaching in the U.K. (March 31 to be exact), stop worrying about buying the perfect gift and consider other options like taking your favorite lady out for a delectable afternoon tea. From a Dior-themed tea set at The Berkeley Hotel, to the famous menu at the pink-filled eatery Sketch, scroll down for some of the best tea salons in London for celebrating this special day with your mother.
PRICE: £60 GBP per person.
HOURS: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., served daily in the Collins Room.
ADDRESS: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL
If your mother is a fashion enthusiast like yourself, treat her to a unique afternoon experience at Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley. Inspired by the popular Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert museum, the hotel’s menu is made up of high-fashion biscuits and desserts — think cakes shaped like the Miss Dior Eau de Parfum, and delicate cookies with icing designed after the iconic New Look. Even the beverages are dusted with Dior‘s house logo.
PRICE: £32 GBP per person.
HOURS: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., served daily at the Ground Floor Teahouse.
ADDRESS: 30 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DL
Created by the team behind London’s beloved BAO restaurant, XU boasts a distinctly unique afternoon tea menu that features a Taiwanese traditional tea ceremony. In addition to a variety of steeped and brewed teas, the set also comes with savoury treats like sweet potato taro dumplings, as well as Taiwanese pastries such as fried peanut mochi and pineapple cakes. It’s safe to say that this is a gastronomic experience you won’t be able to find elsewhere in the city.
PRICE: £35 GBP per person.
HOURS: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., served from Monday to Saturday.
ADDRESS: The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, London. EC3V 3LR
Opened in late 2018, the Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at the Royal Exchange offers a selection of classic, vegetarian as well as gluten-free options in its afternoon tea menu. From delicious finger sandwiches to mouthwatering scones served with clotted cream and Fortnum & Mason preserves, savor a very British afternoon together with your mom.
PRICE: £85 GBP per person (Mother’s Day pricing from March 30-31), including a glass of champagne.
HOURS: 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Who can possibly resist having afternoon tea at an all-pink restaurant? Photo-worthy interiors aside, Sketch is also known for its scrumptious gateaus, finger sandwiches and scones. Side note: the Instagrammable bathroom filled with futuristic-looking pods (pictured here) will make for a great mirror selfie-opp with your mother as well.
PRICE: Starting at £55 GBP per person, includes a complimentary bouquet of daffodils and a box of macarons.
HOURS: 2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., Mother’s Day menu served from March 28-31.
ADDRESS: 17 – 21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9RP
This Mother’s Day, Dominique Ansel Bakery London has whipped up a Floral Afternoon Tea menu that’s inspired by the path of a blooming flower – quite poetic, isn’t it? Expect to enjoy various sweet and savory bites with your choice of tea or wine. The pricing even includes a complimentary bouquet of flowers as well as a box of vanilla and strawberry-flavored macarons for bringing home.