If the way to your amour’s heart is via cake, these are the London-based high teas to treat them to.

Diamonds may be some girls’ best friends. For others though, it’s cake. (Do note, would-be Valentine’s romantics: it needn’t be an either/or situation. Diamonds and cake will do very nicely indeed.) Should budgets and sensibilities dictate that cake it is for your beloved, these are the romantic places to take high tea for a Valentine’s treat in the capital.

Alice In Wonderland Queen of Hearts Tea


Taj 51


If your love enjoys a little theatricality with her high tea, then Taj 51’s Alice In Wonderland Queen of Hearts affair is excellent fun. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-adored and completely bonkers tale of the size-shifting Alice adventures with Cheshire cats and Mad Hatters, expect Checkmate Battenberg cake, Running Late macarons, delicious Pick a Card sandwiches. Mercifully, the homage stops short of cries of ‘Off with her head!’ Book it here.


Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea


Duke’s London


The historic St. James stalwart – just a five-minute walk from Buckingham Palace – is offering a special romantic tea, starting at £35 per person. It includes a selection of traditional sandwiches, handmade patisseries, fruit and plain scones, plus cake of the day - all served in the drawing room. Do opt for the mini Martini chaser – if you can’t treat your beloved on Valentine’s Day, when can you? Book it here.


St Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea


The Ritz


No London hotel is more synonymous with afternoon tea than The Ritz. And there is nowhere that feels more romantic or more of a treat either; did you know that its founder, César Ritz, ensured that the lighting was as becoming as candlelight by meticulously adjusting it until it flattered his wife most? On Valentine’s Day, why not treat your paramour to a Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea in the exquisite Ritz Club? £95 per person. Book it here.


Seasonal Prêt-À-Portea


The Berkeley


If your Valentine has sartorial flair or more than a passing interest in fashion, The Berkeley’s offering is the only afternoon tea in town for you. Fun, frivolous and delicious to boot, its fashion-forward selection of cakes and biscuits are inspired by the season’s catwalks. For £79 per person, you will receive edible frocks and accessories, plus seasonal treats and a glass of champagne or a mocktail. Book it here.


Afternoon Tea


Belmond British Pullman


It may not be a hotel, but it is every bit as romantic. No journey on the Belmond British Pullman fails to evoke the glamorous nostalgia and romance of the golden age of travel. For an experience that you’ll never forget, why not book a classic afternoon tea with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne as you revel in the Agatha Christie-reminiscent stylings of one of the world’s most beautiful trains? Book it here.


By Nancy Alsop
January 2022

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