17 themed afternoon teas perfect for Mother’s Day

Like polite queuing and barbecues in the rain, afternoon tea is taken seriously in Britain. Which is why there are so many options of places to enjoy the quintessentially British pastime, as well as have it delivered directly to your home.

And what’s not to like about it? Delicate finger sandwiches followed by scones slathered in cream and jam followed by dainty cakes, all washed down with a pot of tea. There truly is no better way to spend an afternoon.

If you’re after an afternoon tea with a difference, then you might be interested in trying out some themed afternoon teas. From teas served on trains, to spreads inspired by films, to one with a Japanese twist, there are plenty of options all around the country. See our pick of some of the best themed afternoon teas in the UK below.

Themed afternoon teas

Peter Pan afternoon tea at Aqua Shard, London

Peter Pan afternoon tea
Aqua Shard

Possibly one of the most elaborately-served themed afternoon teas in London, the chefs at Aqua Shard have been inspired by the adventures of Peter Pan and the island of Neverland, turning J.M Barrie’s much-loved novel into a magical foodie feast. Served on a pirate ship-shaped tea stand, you’ll indulge in Tinker Belle cookies and cod croquettes complete with pastry hooks.

Book here.

Afternoon tea on the Northern Belle, multiple locations

Northern Belle afternoon tea
Northern Belle

All aboard the Northern Belle! Departing from multiple locations around the country, this classic English afternoon tea combines the British love affair of trains and our obsession with tea. Served upon traditional silverware by attentive stewards, you can dine on dainty sandwiches, scotch eggs and delicious cakes as you meander through the beautiful British countryside. Book here.

Prêt-À-Portea afternoon tea at The Berkeley, London

The Berkeley afternoon tea
The Berkeley

One for the sweet-toothed fashionistas, The Berkeley’s most stylish afternoon tea takes its inspiration directly from the catwalks. Highlights include a mandarin cheesecake topped with an oversized chocolate hat inspired by Balenciaga Couture, a hazelnut dacquoise with salted caramel inspired by cult Danish brand Ganni and a red velvet mascarpone mousse finished with a chocolate truffle riding hat that is straight from Gucci’s 100th anniversary collection. Book here.

Peter Rabbit afternoon tea at The Dilly, London

Peter Rabbit afternoon tea
The Dilly

The menu for the Peter Rabbit afternoon tea served on the terrace at The Dilly includes such delights as a sandwich called Mr McGregor’s Garden, a carrot cake named Every Bunny’s Favourite and a Peter Rabbit macaron filled with a white chocolate ganache and a raspberry gel called Naughty Rabbit (of course). Book here.

Mad Hatters afternoon tea at Sanderson, London

Mad Hatters afternoon tea
Sanderson London

Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatters tea party has long served as a great inspiration for a themed afternoon tea. This one at London’s Sanderson allows guests to dine on whimsical fancies such as King of Hearts ham and parmesan croque-monsieur, Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier and Alice’s exotic fruits ‘Drink Me’ potion. Book here.

Yayoi Kusama afternoon tea at Rosewood, London

Kusama afternoon tea

Art is ever the source of inspiration, and the Rosewood chefs have looked to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work to theme their afternoon tea. As well as the designs of the cakes adopting a distinctly Yayoi Kusama look about them, the chefs have combined Japanese flavours with traditional French pastry and patisserie to express the artist’s contemporary style. Book here.

Japanese afternoon tea at Ginza St. James’s, London

Japanese afternoon tea
Ginza St. James’s

Another Japanese-inspired afternoon tea lives at Ginza St. James’s, where Eastern flavours collide with the quintessentially British pastime. The food served includes chicken karaage, teriyaki beef and sushi, all washed down with a selection of Japanese teas. Book here.

Beatles afternoon tea at Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool

Hard days night hotel afternoon tea
Hard Days Night Hotel

For any Beatles lovers out there, the afternoon tea at the Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool is not to be missed. The actual afternoon tea served is traditional, but you’ll enjoy it surrounded by original Beatles album artwork and memorabilia. Book here.

Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea and mini mystery at The Mind Palace, London

Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea
The Game is Now

Fancy adding some mystery to your afternoon tea? Then head to the Sherlock-themed speakeasy, The Mind Palace, in London’s Shepherd’s Bush where you’ll enjoy an afternoon tea while testing your critical thinking skills with an original case to crack. Book here.

Science afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel, London

The Ampersand Hotel afternoon tea
The Ampersand Hotel

Physics, chemistry and gastronomy meet to create an out-of-this-world dining experience at The Ampersand Hotel. Their afternoon tea – inspired by South Kensington neighbour, the Science Museum – won Best Themed Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards in 2018 and includes jams served in petri dishes, chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits. Book here.

Mad Hatters Tea Party afternoon tea at Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester

Alice in wonderland afternoon tea
Richmond Tea Rooms

Tumble down the rabbit hole at Manchester’s Richmond Tea Rooms and you’ll find their late night Mad Hatters Tea Party hosted by Manchester’s superstar drag queens. The over-18s only late night tea party is full of weird and wacky entertainment, party games and sing-a-longs, all while enjoying a classic afternoon tea. Book here.

Asian Kopi Tiam afternoon tea at Pan Pacific, London

Pan Pacific afternoon tea
Pan Pacific

For something totally unique, the Singaporean-inspired ‘Kopi Tiam’ afternoon tea served in The Orchid Lounge at London’s Pan Pacific combines Asian flavours with the traditional British tea, resulting in an afternoon tea that celebrates bao, dim sum and choux, accompanied by the finest teas from the Rare Tea Company. Book here.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych, London

Charlie and the chocolate factory afternoon tea
One Aldwych

Afternoon tea at One Aldwych celebrates all things Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl’s iconic story is transformed into an enchanting afternoon tea Willy Wonka would be proud of. Expect to be served fizzy lifting drinks, snozzberry jam and chocolate swudge milkshake mixed by waterfall (that last part is to be confirmed). Book here.

Indian afternoon tea at Zindiya, Birmingham

Zindiya afternoon tea

Punk afternoon tea at The Baltic Social, Liverpool

punk afternoon tea
The Baltic Social

In what is probably the least afternoon tea-looking afternoon tea on this list, The Baltic Social’s Afternoon Punk Tea is perfect for those a bit averse to all things quaint and polished. On the three tier stand you’ll find all things carby and deep-friend, including mini beef brisket subs, chilli cheese sausage rolls and mac & cheese balls. Book here.

Games of Thrones afternoon tea at Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland

game of thrones afternoon tea
Ballygally Castle

For Game of Thrones fans, Ballygally Castle is already a place of pilgrimage since many scenes for the series were shot in the surrounding area. Knowing this, the hotel chefs have cleverly concocted a Game of Thrones-themed afternoon tea, complete with Lannister egg rolls, Dothraki trifle and Sansa Stark’s lemon cakes. Book here.

Chocolate afternoon tea at Cadbury World, Birmingham

cadbury afternoon tea
Cadbury World

There’s plenty to do at Cadbury World for chocoholics, including indulging in a chocolate afternoon tea. Don’t worry, the sandwiches are still savoury, but the scones, macarons, chocolate brownies and rocky road are all made to exclusive Cadbury recipes. Book here.