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Cheap evening tea in London

There is an incredible variety of afternoon teas in London, but this list is dedicated to the best budget options in the city. From an elegant palace in Kensington to an art gallery under the radar in Marylebone, these central London venues offer excellent value for money.

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The Fan Museum, Greenwich

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12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, UK

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+44 20 8305 1441

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The best afternoon tea in town is served at the Fan Museum in Greenwich. For just £ 9 you can enjoy scones topped with cream and jam, a selection of cakes and tea or coffee, all served in the beautiful Orangery. The light-flooded building is decorated with detailed murals and overlooks a secret Japanese-style garden.

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Wallace Restaurant Afternoon Tea

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Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, UK

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+44 20 7563 9505

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The Wallace Restaurant is in the heart of The Wallace Collection, an unrecognized art gallery in Manchester Square that houses works by Rembrandt and Velázquez. Tea is served on a covered patio, so there is plenty of natural light. Dining here feels very indulgent due to the beautiful setting, so it’s hard to believe that afternoon tea is available for less than £ 20.

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The Kensington Palace Orangery

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Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, United Kingdom

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+44 20 3166 6113

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For a traditional afternoon tea in a majestic setting, you’ll have a hard time beating the Kensington Palace Orangery. The English Afternoon Tea offers classics like scones with cream and clotted jam and sandwiches filled with crowning chicken, egg mayonnaise, and smoked salmon and cream cheese. Even if you add a glass of champagne to the mix, you will still pay less than at the more obvious afternoon tea spots in London.

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The Tea Terrace London Afternoon tea

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318 Oxford St, 5th floor, House of Fraser department store, London W1C 1HF, United Kingdom

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+44 844 800 3752

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The Tea Terrace is on the top floor of the House of Fraser, an Oxford Street department store. With vintage-style tableware and blue and pink decor, it feels like a delightfully quirky English tea room. In a city that loves coffee these days, it’s lovely to find an eclectic tea room that serves a great selection of the nation’s favorite beverage.

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Covent Garden bark pipe

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Jubilee Market Hall, 30 Tavistock Ct, London WC2E 8RD, UK

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+44 20 7836 1415

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The Crusting Pipe is better known as the wine bar in Covent Garden Square that has outdoor seating from which you can enjoy live opera singers. Yes, you read that right. This wine bar features opera singers and classical musicians on the patio. The venue serves traditional afternoon tea and offers options including a selection of British cheese and a classic port.

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Bond Street Kitchen

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63 New Bond St , London W1S 1RQ , United Kingdom

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+44 20 7629 0273

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Located inside Fenwicks’ second-floor designer women’s clothing department on Bond Street, one of London’s department stores, is Bond Street Kitchen, a glamorous restaurant and bar. This trendy spot serves afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and pastries, or add a glass of champagne for an additional fee.

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Bea de Bloomsbury

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72 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BA, United Kingdom

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+44 20 7278 7949

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Bea’s of Bloomsbury is loved by Londoners with a sweet tooth. Exceptionally well priced and beautifully presented if you are looking for an afternoon sugar rush.

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Strand Palace Hotel

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372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ, UK

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+44 20 7379 4737

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The Strand Palace Hotel sits directly across the street from the Savoy Hotel, but it serves afternoon tea for about half the price of its dazzling neighbor. The Covent Garden Afternoon Tea is a real bargain.

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