It's international tea day! And do we Brits love anything more? Whether it's the traditional Tetley or chai tea lattes, we can't get enough of it.

But it's tea and cakes that really are a match made in heaven, so here is our round up of the 10 best places to have afternoon tea in west London.

1. Betty Blythe

This vintage tea room between Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush is a traditional tea-lovers dream. The vintage 1920's style is elegant and they'll even offer you a box of vintage accessories to dress up in and let your inner Hollywood take charge.

2. Dorsett Hotel

Also in Shepherd's Bush, this hotel is perfect for catching up with friends or family in a smart setting. Their classic afternoon tea includes sweet and savoury choices, or you can upgrade to a Celebration Afternoon Tea with a glass of Jacquart champagne.

3. Brown's Hotel

If you're looking for something more upmarket and quintessentially English, look no further than this hotel in Mayfair. The English Tea Room has a choice of an afternoon tea or a festive afternoon tea throughout December. The resident pianist will be playing Christmas carols as you enjoy some of London's finest bites.

4. Sanctum Soho

Is afternoon tea is just for females? Think again. This venue offers seared steaks, burgers, twice baked chocolate fudge cakes and a tankard of Jack Daniels to wash it all down with as part of their Gents Afternoon Tea. Sitting on Warwick Street, the place also has a Roof Top Terrace with a hydro-hot tub.

5. Gallery Mess

Most would assume the Saatchi Gallery's brasserie in Sloane Square would have sky high prices, but don't be fooled by the handsome furnishings and arched ceilings. Getting our top spot for value, their chefs serve up your classic range of teas as well as warm scones, clotted cream, jam, macaroons and chocolate tarts. All for £15.50.

6. Soho's Secret Tea Room

This not so secret venue has gained in popularity, but you can still catch the odd quiet time here and it's worth the planning. With a 1940's theme, the cream and champagne teas or finished off with a jazz and sound soundtrack. And it's within walking distance to Soho Theatre, which makes for a perfect west London day out.

7. BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Looking for something different to add to your tea experience? How about trying to keep it sophisticated as you travel along in bus. Covent garden's French BB Bakery will provide you with earl greys, pastries and other treats as you pass Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square.


Throw out the dainty, refined behaviour normally expected when tea-drinking. Soho's will leave you with a mouth full of decently sized portioned bites of melted cheese and burgers. Have three epic sliders of southern fried chicken, lobster, crayfish and more. And just when you're full to the brim, complete it with a bellini.

9. Sanderson Hotel

It's not a tea party unless it's a Mad Hatter's Tea party. The luxury hotel in Oxford Circus gets every little detail right, with hidden menus in books and bespoke cups and saucers. Their savoury menu boasts sun-dried tomato bread and the puddings do homemade selections of marshmallow mushrooms and carrot meringues.

10. La Suite West

Vegan? Don't let that stop you from having a spectacular afternoon tea. Their alternative menu includes designer finger sandwiches, home made scones made with coconut cream and pastries, all without meat, eggs or fish and with a great view on Inverness Terrace.