The Perfect Summer Holiday Treat for Kids
By Jane Venables
The summer holidays are almost upon us and for those with children, the arduous task of trying to fill those six or so weeks up with fun things to do is also imminent. City sightseeing is always a popular choice of activity and what better way to recover from a morning traipsing the museums, landmarks and attractions of places such as London, Manchester and Edinburgh than with a relaxing afternoon tea. Thankfully many venues offer some pretty fantastic afternoon teas for children and Afternoon Tea Online have selected what we think are the best of the bunch.
The Rubens at the Palace
Located just across the street from Buckingham Palace, the fabulous Rubens at the Palace hotel serves a rather wonderful afternoon tea for children. The Princes and Princesses Afternoon Tea is aimed at children under the age of 12 and is an absolute delight. Popping candy liquorice doughnut, peanut butter and black cherry cheesecake and cream chocolate cup are just some of the sweet treats on offer whilst egg and cress, ham and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches complete the savoury side of things.
Sketch is considered as one of the most fashionable London locations for afternoon tea. Taking place in the utterly fabulous Sketch Gallery, a beautiful space which currently pays homage to British artist David Shrigley, afternoon tea is a special affair. The children’s afternoon tea at Sketch certainly lives up to expectations with an assortment of sandwiches and exquisite sweet treats including Malabar marshmallows and fresh meringues. Children also get to take home their very own Pat the Bear cuddly toy.
Undoubtedly one of the most fun afternoon teas for children in London, the Little Oompa Loompa Afternoon Tea at the Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair is a sheer delight. The perfect smaller version of the fabulous Charlie & the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea, based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book, the Little Oompa Loompa tea consists of a selection of sandwiches, fruit and chocolate chip scones and sweet treats such as a Wonka chocolate bar, a golden egg and a marshmallow cupcake. Fizzy lifting drinks and gobstoppers are presented to the little ones and Mr Willy Wonka himself even makes a visit. Check out our fantastic review for further details.
Grosvenor House Hotel
One of London’s finest five star hotels, the Grosvenor House Hotel offers a decadent afternoon tea. Thankfully children are more than welcome here and are invited to enjoy their very own five star Grover’s Afternoon Tea. Along with the usual sandwiches and scones, the younger afternoon tea fans can enjoy Victoria cupcakes with a raspberry filling, double chocolate brownie, fresh fruit skewers and a miniature Knickerbocker glory as well as a choice of teas especially created for children. And best of all they get to take home their very own cuddly Grover.
Head to the Royal Horseguards Hotel for afternoon tea with the kids, found just moments from major landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The Mini Tea is the perfect little tea party experience with fun shaped pastries, creative cakes and freshly baked scones whilst refreshments come in the form of baby chai lattes, babycinos and fruit juices. Every child is given an activity pack too to keep them extra busy whilst parents are tucking into their own tea and cake.
Stables Tearoom at Hopetoun House Edinburgh
The stunning 18th century Hopetoun House sits just outside of Edinburgh in Queensferry and is a simply stunning Scottish stately home. What better way to spend the afternoon following a busy morning exploring this beautiful house and its surrounding gardens than with an afternoon tea with the children. The little ones can tuck into their very own dedicated children’s afternoon tea which is packed with all sorts of delights including jam, cheese and ham sandwiches, mini pancakes with cream and jam and a whole host of sweet treats. Drinks include fizzy elderflower, hot chocolate and orange juice.
Great John Street Hotel Manchester
After a hectic morning around central Manchester, parents should head over to the Great John Street Hotel with the kids in tow and indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. A stunning boutique hotel, the Great John Street Hotel sits at the heart of the city and serves a superb afternoon tea dedicated to the little ones where they can tuck into all kinds of sweet treats and savoury delights.
Dorset Square Hotel
Situated just around the corner from Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussaud’s, the lovely Dorset Square Hotel is the perfect afternoon tea destination for parents and children. Housed in a beautiful Regency building this upmarket boutique hotel serves a rather splendid children’s afternoon tea. A selection of finger sandwiches are followed by warm scones with clotted cream and jam. As for the cakes and sweet treats, expect fruit skewers dipped in chocolate, mini ice creams, chocolate sprinkle cakes and the chance for kids to decorate their own cupcake. Hot chocolate, milkshake or fruit juice accompanies.
Le Meridien Piccadilly
Found right in the very heart of London’s West End, just seconds from Piccadilly Circus, the Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel is an excellent choice for afternoon tea with the children. This year the hotel is offering a Jungle Book themed afternoon tea in conjunction with the release of the new film. Named as the Children’s Jungle Afternoon Tea, the little ones can tuck into tiger bread sandwiches, a Kaa snake éclair topped with sparkles and toppings, chocolate lollipops, fruit skewers and homemade banana scones. A special Cheeky Monkey cocktail is also included.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
Perched along the west end of Princes Street, right in the very heart of Edinburgh, The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh hotel is once again a shining star amongst Edinburgh hotels following its £24 million restoration. Afternoon tea here is a decadent affair and children are more than welcome to join their parents with their very own Children’s Afternoon Tea on offer. A refined selection of miniature sweet and savoury delights is served along with hot chocolate or juice.