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Afternoon Tea in London with Children?

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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.

Thanks!

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: actarheel

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

        1. re: jjcruiser

          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.