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Afternoon Tea in London with Children?

jjcruiser Feb 15, 2012 08:46 PM

I've perused the boards and not quite seen the recommendations for which I'm seeking:

Going to visit London this spring with my wife and two boys (5 and 8). They are relatively well behaved and we regularly take them to fairly nice restaurants, but not extremely fancy ones and they aren't perfect.

I don't think we'll have time for multiple adventures but would really like a classic British high tea--if that's the proper term.

Any suggestions for the nicest setting, service, tea, and treats that I can get away with having kids at? Because we're not going to do this again, cost is not really a factor.

Central London preferably but as long as it's not too far out of the way, I don't mind a drive.


  1. zuriga1 Feb 15, 2012 11:01 PM

    The Mandeville Hotel near Oxford St. does a tasty tea and the room isn't huge and when I was there, it wasn't very crowded. It might be a good place if your boys want to get up and just stretch their legs when not eating. When my boys were that age, I think they might have been overwhelmed by some of the larger places here that do a good tea... Fortnum & Mason, Harrod's etc. This room is quite cozy.

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    1. re: zuriga1
      actarheel Feb 16, 2012 05:06 AM

      Grosvenor House has a special tea offering for children - http://www.tea.co.uk/guild-members/th... - looks worth considering.

      1. re: actarheel
        jjcruiser Feb 23, 2012 12:06 PM

        Thanks! We'll check out the Mandeville/Grosvenor.

        1. re: jjcruiser
          zuriga1 Feb 24, 2012 02:42 AM

          You'll see that I came across an article the other day about 'unusual' teas. I posted the link above, and maybe one of those would be fun.

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