London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
Who said glam dining and deserts are reserved for adults? My kids strongly disagree, they love their sushi brunches and tea outings. And here are the 4 indulgent children afternoon tea in London we tested recently.
One Aldwych afternoon tea for THE Charlie and Chocolate factory theme has won the best afternoon tea in London for kids when it comes to …chocolate smoothies!
Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory may not be handy, but One Aldwych surely is! A podium of exquisite treats including lemon candyfloss, red velvet pops, chocolate mint mini smoothies. The 6 years old was smitten and royally spoilt, no less than 3 candy floss and 3 mini smoothies, the best ever he said! It all goes in 3 in our family, the rose bubbles flowed to perfection to delicate salmon macaroon with beetroot, freshly baked scones with pineapple clotted cream, blueberry butterscotch brioche and sausage pastries. The tea blends are indulgent and for kids there’s also exquisite hot chocolate prepared exactly to one liking.
Surely Willy Wonka afternoon tea can’t get any grander and more seasonal, Roald Dahl himself we reckon would agree!
One Aldwych team is superb, engaging and so well travel, we spent a dreamy afternoon in their company with all the mouthwatering treats. Pair it with Somerset House next door for a cultured outing or Royal Opera House – family Sundays and gigs are great fun! We know One Aldwych luxury hotel and restaurants for over 12 years and always loved the grand Edwardian architecture, nowadays part of English Heritage. We had few grown up dinners including Eneko, so it was a delight to be invited with the kids. One enchanting afternoon tea, we thoroughly indulged our inner kids!
Our second best option for children afternoon tea London is the chilled and chic Anya café by Anya Hindmarch, perfect also for week-end brunches and all day coffees. Quintessential British reimagined with the brands’ trademark humour, we indulged into dark chocolate sweet treats in the heart of Anya’s Village on Pont street.
For very lucky children in 2021 Anya has also a Grotto, one immersive journey through a moonlit forest and across crunchy snow to find Father Christmas, who will read them a story and give them a gift. Grown-ups get a free hot drink from the Anya Cafe as well as mince pies, gingerbread men and Christmas cakes. The gift shop has limited-edition Anya Hindmarch gifts and Christmas decorations, including ceramic tree baubles, crackers, puzzles, mugs, crayons and teddy bears but we got truly excited about the Return to nature Anya’s bags collection, all biodegradable and perfect gifts from one visionary Greenpeace Ambassador (Anya!) to fashionistas ESG minded and Earth lovers – a truly perfect Christmas present!
More of an inner child or some exotic flavours and daydreaming? Take your pick at Taj 51 afternoon tea, there’s Alice in wonderland and the Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea.
Rich traditions come alive with a bold and innovative twist, the sandwiches ranged from tikka spring tolls, to spiced cream cheese and cucumber, traditional Indian dessert Gulab Jamin, obsecenely delicious deep fried sweet dumplings, Gulabi scones served with mango compote and cinnamon clotted cream. The shots of salty caramel lassi with a toffee crunch were our favourites and so were the Eastern teas! If this is all too rich and exotic, follow Alice down the rabbit hole and get the Wonderland tea!
Pair it with more Royal treats at Buckingham Palace and eventually Green Park playground.
For more exotic flavours and Japan lovers, AKIRA on the first floor of Japan House London offers a Japanese-style afternoon tea. The adults loved the smoked black teas (especially whiskey flavoured!) and seasonal sophisticated platter of sushi, whilst the kids loved the matcha dippings and wagashi (Japanese sweets and desserts).
For lovely daytrips from London with superb children afternoon tea we love and regularly rave about Coworth Park, a Dorcheser collection hotel 45 minutes drive from Kensington.
Pair with a zen crisp day out – autumn foliage, spring flowers, rain or sun – a love affair for years. There’s also horse riding plus Carol Peace sculptures spread around, impeccable cuisine and cocktails.
Friends and kids equally addicted, we have included here autumn foliage pics, but in snow it’s even more magical, whilst summer perfect for al fresco picnics.
Which one is your favourite? Any other cool treats and best children afternoon tea London?
Ps: many thanks to One Aldwych, Taj 51 and Anya Cafe for the invites; impressions, pics and overexcited kids entirely ours.