Afternoon Tea Award-Winners

The best places in London to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea have been named in the Afternoon Tea Awards 2023, sponsored by

This prestigious annual event was held in the 5-star surroundings of the The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, where representatives from the finest hotels and restaurants in London gathered to recognise the best in Afternoon Tea service and creativity.

Three awards were presented:

The event was sponsored by Keith Newton, Managing Director of said,

“Reading through the judges’ feedback, I was reminded of the intricacies of the whole Afternoon Tea experience. There are so many different elements to manage - presentation, service and customer expectations. These awards recognise the efforts that go into making the magic happen.”

The Rosebery at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park - Best Traditional Afternoon Tea

The judges said: “This was everything afternoon tea should be. Great service, great food, great tea, in an amazing setting. It's actually incredibly hard to find anything to fault, or an improvement to suggest!”

Best Traditional Afternoon Tea – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

A Tribute To Nature at The Carlton Tower Jumeirah - Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea

The judges said: “This is a fine dining experience; I felt the staff wanted to ensure we had a magical time and a luxury experience. There are many places in London that offer traditional Afternoon Tea, but this is unique and takes your experience to the next level.”

Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea – The Carlton Tower Jumeirah

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley - Best Themed Afternoon Tea

The judges said: “‘The skill and artistry of everything served was impeccable. One of the best Afternoon Teas I’ve ever been to. The whole afternoon was a delight and the attention to detail really set it apart.”

Best Themed Afternoon Tea – The Berkeley

An ‘Award of Excellence’ was also presented to 14 venues that the judges considered to have delivered the highest standards in Afternoon Tea service.