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London is the cultural, political, and economic heart of Britain, famous for its world-class museums, galleries, royal palaces, shopping destinations, West End theatre shows and award-winning restaurants. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel and sip Champagne on the London Eye or find a cheap hostel and stroll around one of London's beautiful Royal Parks, you're sure to find something that suits your budget and interests.

Cafes

The Cafes to visit

Beautiful English breakfast snacks with marzipan, macaroons on a plate in Ritz hotel restaurant, London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon tea at The Ritz

Afternoon tea at The Ritz is a London institution. In fact, it's so popular that you have to book at least four weeks in advance. There is a stunning total of five afternoon tea sittings every day to keep up with demand and they all take place in the building's beautiful Palm Court. Once you're comfortably settled in, you can tuck into one of the four afternoon tea options available and choose from 17 different types of loose-leaf tea while you listen to the pianist or harpist softly playing in the background.

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afternoon tea sandwich sweet, Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason, , London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

In 2012, Fortnum & Mason's newly renamed Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon was officially inaugurated by the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. Today, having afternoon tea or high tea in the Tea Salon is a suitably regal matter. A selection of cakes and pastries from the Coronation Cake Carriage, salmon blinis, and tea and cake pairing menus are all available.

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taking afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, , London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel

Afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel is served in the cosy, timeless setting of the English Tea Room, complete with wood panelling, fireplaces and original art. Tuck into a selection of sweet and savoury snacks and enjoy a cup of tea from Brown's unique Prestige Seasonal Tea Library, all to the sound of music from the Baby Grand Piano. And have your plate replenished at no additional charge.

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Christmas afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal, London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal

Ladies and gentlemen, pick your best jacket because afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal requires you to be dressed appropriately. And for good reason. During the week, tea is taken in the excellent Ten Room restaurant, whereas weekend bookings are served in the glamorous Oscar Wilde Lounge, named this way because the man himself was a regular patron. There is nothing standard about this experience — delightful surprises at every step.

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scones on two tiered tray with teapot and cup background, The Emmeline's Lounge, London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon Tea at The Emmeline's Lounge

Take time out from visiting the nearby Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The bright lounge area at The Emmeline's provides a suitable setting for a quintessentially posh British afternoon tea. And the lounge's live harpist soothes even the weariest of minds. Have a drink of the bubbly beverage the Queen herself likes to enjoy and order the popular free-flowing champagne afternoon tea, brought to you by the same supplier that provides Her Majesty.

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Afternoon tea at The Dorchester, London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon tea at The Dorchester

Afternoon tea is served five times a day at The Dorchester in the timeless Promenade and at the elegant Spatisserie. Choose from Vintage Afternoon Tea on The Balcony, the Dorchester Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea or the bite-size Spatisserie Afternoon Tea. Special seasonal teas are also available at different times of the year.

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Pouring tea, Royal Albert Hall Afternoon Tea, London, the United Kingdom

Royal Albert Hall Afternoon Tea

Any music enthusiast will want to book afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall. This iconic London venue has hosted countless numbers of memorable concerts throughout the years and it is home to the annual BBC Proms. Afternoon tea is served in the venue's very own Verdi Restaurant, from Wednesday to Sunday. Twinings tea is served alongside sweet treats and finger sandwiches. If you would like a classier upgrade you can always order a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne.

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Heart shaped macaron on hand print cake stand, Afternoon Tea at Roseate House, London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon Tea at Roseate House

Planning to visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens? Exploring the canals around Little Venice and Paddington? Why not take some time out to rest and have afternoon tea at the luxurious Roseate House London (formerly known as Royal Park Hotel). Indulge your tastebuds and try the fresh raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream, the lemon posset, the carrot cake, the Victoria sponge and the specialty loose leaf tea.

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Afternoon tea set, The Goring hotel, London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon Tea at The Goring

Indulge your royal fantasies with an afternoon tea at The Goring, just a few steps away from Buckingham Palace. This hotel has been perfecting the art of afternoon tea for more than a century. So much so that it was presented with the British Tea Guild Council’s Top London Afternoon Tea Award. The five-star experience includes the option to take tea on The Terrace overlooking The Goring Gardens.

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Afternoon tea, The Rubens at the Palace, London, the United Kingdom

Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel offers a quintessentially English afternoon tea with a view over the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. This elegant 4-star hotel serves fragrant traditional English tea, complemented with delicate finger sandwiches and selections of sweet treats.

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