Dress code: Smart casual (so leave the flip-flops at home)

Need to book? Yes

Brown’s is more than 180 years old and it's welcomed guests from Oscar Wilde to Queen Victoria (not bad, right?). The tea room there still looks exactly how you’d expect it to, all oak panels and white tablecloths with a grand piano sitting in the corner. The tea selection is pretty impressive too. They serve 17 types of tea along with cakes, sandwiches and pastries. It's easy to get to as well, only 5 minutes’ walk from Picadilly Circus.

 

 

Dress code: None

Need to book? Yes, if you want the afternoon tea

Fancy a more modern tea drinking experience? Try To a Tea. You can find it on Farringdon Road, just five minutes from Blackfriars station. Step inside and you’ll find modern furniture, eclectic artwork and, most importantly, great tea. They source their tea from the finest estates and have a selection ranging from black tea to oolong and beyond. And, of course, they serve afternoon tea!

 

 

Dress code: Smart casual

Need to book? Yes

If you’ve been to London, you’ve probably seen the Shard. It’s the tallest building in the EU, after all. But did you know you can have tea on the 31st floor? The views are spectacular and you can enjoy a cup of tea alongside contemporary British cuisine. You can also enjoy afternoon tea from 1 pm to 5 pm daily. It’s also right above London Bridge station, which is pretty convenient if you ask us.

 

 

Dress code: None

Need to book? No

We’re sorry to spoil the secret but this little tea room tucked away on a bustling Soho street is the perfect choice for fans of all things vintage. A 50s swing track is playing, it’s full of vintage furniture and decorations and you drink out of beautifully painted china cups. What’s not to love? Their tea selection is superb too and, whether you’re an Earl Grey person or you fancy a floral Japanese cherry tea, there’s something to suit you.

 

 

Dress code: None

Need to book? No

Not many people are as passionate about tea as the Brits, but its safe to say the Japanese take their tea pretty seriously. Tsujiri offers a taste of Japanese tradition right in the heart of London. They’ve been brewing nearly as long as Brown’s! They serve a variety of Japanese style teas and matcha and, if you feel like a bite to eat, you can even order matcha ice cream! They have two tea houses, in Soho and Chinatown, and both are a short walk from Leicester Square station.