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Five of the best afternoon teas for children in London

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The origin of afternoon tea is thanks to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. In the early 19th century, when most people were content with just two meals a day (breakfast and a late evening dinner),  Anna complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon and demanded a third meal.

The duchess began with tea and cakes in her bedroom. This later evolved into a social event, that made way for a grand ritual of scones, sandwiches and baked goods in tea rooms and hotels around the country.

As we’re in the middle of summer and most parents are occupied with keeping the kids busy, We’ve picked five of our favourite afternoon teas that your kids will love in London.

Alice in Wonderland Themed Afternoon Tea

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and enjoy an Afternoon Tea in Wonderland. Fantastical, elegant and fun – this very special themed afternoon tea will have you grinning like a Cheshire Cat. The Tea Party in Wonderland features an eclectic menu of cakes and pastries inspired by characters and quirks from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland like ‘Queen of Hearts’ Mango Tarts, ‘Drink Me’ strawberry potion, ‘Caterpillar’s Mushroom’ Raspberry Marshmallows, White Chocolate Mousse Teacups and Pocket Watch macarons which taste like bubblegum. Accompanying finger sandwiches include Alice English Cucumber and Cream Cheese on Beetroot Bread, Fish Footman Tuna Mayonnaise on White Bread and Lory Cornish Yarg and Tomato with Redcurrant Jelly.

Cost: £40 Per Person  £45 with a glass of prosecco!

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Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

This whirlwind tour offers seats in a vintage double decker bus which drives around the city past all of the major sights from Big Ben to The Royal Albert Hall.

Plus they also offer vegetarian and gluten free options so it’s ideal for those with dietary requirements.

Cost: from £45

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Windsor Children’s Afternoon Tea

Spend an afternoon on the river with the little ones, enjoying sandwiches, scones, mini patisseries as well as an assortment of teas.

Available for children’s aged between 3-12 years.

What’s included:

sandwiches, Scones & cakes

Smoked salmon and cream cheese
Egg and cress (V)
Cucumber and minted yoghurt (V)
Roast beef and rocket

Mini donuts
Chocolate fudge brownie
Macarons
Lemon tart

Children’s Activity Pack with fun quizzes and games all about Windsor and the river Thames as the landscape unfolds around you.

Boarding at 15:15, the boat departs at 15:30 and disembarks at 16:45. The cruise lasts one and a quarter hours.

Cost: £20

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Little Prince and Princess Tea, The Milestone Hotel

Enjoy tea fit for a queen overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens. The children’s menu features cute classics like finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, doughnuts and hot chocolate. Kids can ask for another of the treat they enjoyed most; while adults get unlimited top-ups of tea or coffee. A short stroll away is Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground. With 24 hours notice, kids can get crafty, decorating their own cupcakes.

Cost: Under 12’s £24

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Betty Blythe Children’s Tea Parties

Little girls who love to dress up will adore this chance to adorn themselves with pearls, gloves, fascinators and hats for a photoshoot before sitting down to an introduction to tea-time etiquette.

Tea begins with teapots full of hot chocolate, pretty teacups, napkins and flowers. Enjoy cheese, cucumber,  or jam sandwiches followed by girly pink wafer biscuits, popcorn, mini muffins and mini cupcakes. Additional activities on offer are biscuit decorating, jewellery-making, chocolate cookery and china painting, from. Perfect for a posh birthday treat.

Cost: £85

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