What’s better than a traditional afternoon tea, with warm scones, homemade jam and fresh cake? Afternoon tea delivered to your door, that’s what. These London restaurants and bakeries now offer afternoon tea delivery service, so you don’t even need to get dressed to get hold of the goods.
When London went into lockdown, independent bakery Cutter & Squidge was one of the first places to pivot towards home delivery, first with luxury Easter eggs, and then with its afternoon tea.
We confess to having indulged twice during lockdown, and were left stuffed and very happy both times. Tea for two includes four scones (warm them in the microwave before tucking in), two pots of clotted cream, a pot of top-notch homemade jam, four pieces of cake, and a packet of tea. Understandably, it’s not got the theatricality to it that Cutter & Squidge’s in-house afternoon tea offers, but for an at-home alternative, it’s a solid, good value option — though note that if you’re doing things properly, you’ll have to provide your own sarnies.
Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea at home, £29.90 for two people.
Delivery area: UK wide. £6-£10 delivery charge (shorter delivery slots available in London only).
Borough-based coffee shop and roastery The Gentlemen Baristas offers its afternoon tea for two for delivery, with a menu that focuses on fine, locally-sourced ingredients.
Prosciutto, rocket & shaved parmesan, or smoked salmon, sliced cucumber & fresh dill are just some of the sandwich options, followed up with the traditional scones, and cakes including caramel slice bites. As you’d expect from a business based on beans, freshly ground coffee is included, along with English breakfast tea for the traditionalists.
The Gentlemen Baristas afternoon tea box. £30 for two people.
Delivery area: UK-wide. Delivery is Thursday-Sunday, delivery charge is £4.99.
Recreate the full hotel dining room experience at home with the help of Firmdale Hotels, the owner of London’s Ham Yard Hotel. Their Ham Yard Afternoon Tea includes posh sausage rolls, finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam, plus more left-field offerings like truffled mushroom arancini and blackcurrant macarons. If you’re feeling flush, you can even purchase Kit Kemp chinaware for a truly lavish tea-time
Ham Yard’s Afternoon Tea At Home, from £30. Delivery is Friday-Sunday, place your order by Thursday for that weekend.
Delivery area: Most London postcodes, and they’re looking to extend the radius in the coming weeks.
Better known for its afternoon tea bus tours, Brigit’s Bakery takes the idea of meals on wheels further by delivering afternoon tea to your home or office.
It’s more of a professional catering service than something to satisfy your cake-based whims — though you can order with a minimum of four people. It’s traditional afternoon tea with a French twist — think finger sandwiches, delicate cakes and pastries, and freshly baked scones. Vegan, veggie, halal and gluten-free options are available, as well as a Peppa Pig iteration for little ones (ideal if your kid’s got a lockdown birthday coming up).
Afternoon tea, delivered by Brigit’s Bakery. From £19 per person, though the minimum order is for four people.
Delivery area: Delivery to WC2 is £10, Central London £20, and Greater London upon request.
One of London’s best kept secrets, Betty Blythe tea rooms in Hammersmith offers its traditional afternoon tea menu, delivered to your home (or office) in the form of its excellently-named Cakeaway menu.
You’ll need a minimum of four people (max 200) to order, and Betty Blythe will also hire you the crockery and linen if you need it, making it ideal for a birthday party or baby shower situation.
Sandwich choices include cheddar cheese and chutney, and cucumber and cream cheese, with French macarons and Victoria sponge among the cake choices. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options are available
Betty Blythe afternoon tea delivery. Prices vary.
Delivery area: Within London. Price quote on application.
Inspired by the old-fashioned confectionary of Hardy’s Original Sweetshop, this supremely sugary afternoon tea includes a liquorice allsort raspberry cheesecake, a coca-cola bottle slice and, perhaps most intriguingly, a drumstick lolly-flavoured macaron. There are savoury options too, of course, and you can even add a bottle of champagne to your order, but the pastries are the real draw here, particularly if you’ve found yourself pining for the pick and mix section in lockdown.
The Chesterfield Mayfair’s sweetshop afternoon tea. From £47 for adults, or £21.50 for children.
Delivery area: Delivers with Zones 1-4. Collection is also available.
As with all things Fortnum, this is an absolute top-of-the-range, splash-the-cash, have-the-butler-call-the-chauffeur option. £500 is what the Fortnum’s afternoon tea hamper will set you back. For that, you receive one of Fortnum’s iconic wicker hampers, filled with a selection of goodies from the Queen’s grocer, including preserves, cakes, and an “arsenal of biscuits” — oh, and the suggestion that you “could even hire a resident pianist, if you are truly committed”.
Teas come in keepsake wooden caddies, and you even get a tea timer and art deco strainer to ensure your brew is top-notch. Not flash enough? Upgrade to the Monarch Hamper, priced at £750, or the Windsor Hamper (a cool grand — though it does include caviar).
Fortnum & Mason afternoon tea hamper. From £500.
Delivery area: Worldwide, except Australia and New Zealand (sorry, Antipodeans).