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15 Muslim-Friendly Tea Rooms In London For Your Afternoon Tea

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Khairun Nisa  •  Mar 29, 2016

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Afternoon tea is so quintessentially British. While the English consider it to be a classic and refined part of their culture, the rest of us take it as a wonderful treat we’re always pleased to indulge in.
Credit: Giphy Traditionally, tearooms offer a set menu starting with a choice of carefully selected teas served with a tiered cake plate with cold finger sandwiches, a cake and pastry assortment and warm scones with jam and clotted cream. Here are 15 Muslim-friendly tearooms for you to try at any occasion! Note: Some cakes contain alcohol so do make sure to check with the tearoom before consumption. Do also note that all tearooms serve alcohol. Readers are advised to visit at their own discretion. [First visit to the UK? Check out our all-you-need-to-know guide to London!]

A luxurious afternoon fit for a Queen

Credit: GiphyAs a custom founded by the wife of Prince Charles II, it is no wonder that the finest tearooms in the UK reflect the regal pomp and circumstance it was first introduced in. If you seek a traditional tearoom set in glamorous art deco serving beautifully-crafted Afternoon Tea staples with magnificent silverware and china, these suggestions will not disappoint you.
1. Claridge’s
Claridge's
Credit: Who is Scout? Highlights: Luxurious 1930s inspired art deco foyer; loose leaf teas and herbal infusions from all over the world; raisin and apple scones served with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish clotted cream Website Price: ££££ Address: Brook St, London W1K 4HR Nearest Tube Station: Bond Street Sitting Times: 2.45pm, 3pm, 3.15pm, 3.30pm, 4.45pm, 5pm, 5.15pm and 5.30pm daily Reservation: 90 days in advance Halal Status: Requires a 24-hour notice and can provide a Halal-only Afternoon Tea menu
2. The Ritz
The Ritz
Credit: UK Dining Highlights: The fabulously-decorated Palm Court and the elegant crockery; macarons and tarts; fluffy scones served with Strawberry Preserve and Cornish clotted cream Website Price: ££££ Address: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR Nearest Tube Station: Green Park Sitting Times: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm Halal Status: Requires a 24-hour notice and can provide a Halal-only Afternoon Tea menu
3. Espelette at the Connaught
Connaught
Credit: Skiddle Highlights: A member of the British Tea Council; live harpist; artisanal pastries; traditional sandwiches Website  Price: ££££ Address: Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL Nearest Tube Station: Bond Street Sitting Times: 3pm and 5pm on weekdays; 1pm, 3pm and 5pm on weekends Halal Status: Requires a 48-hour notice to provide Halal menu

Mixing travel and culture at Tearoomswith a view

Credit: Giphy On a tight schedule? No problem! See the sights and have your fill at these tearooms with stunning views that lets you tick two checkboxes in a go. Expect superb quality of dining and service while the best of London gives you a sight to behold.
4. BB Routemaster
BB Bakery Routemaster (1)
Credit: bbbakery Highlights: Afternoon Tea is served in a vintage London bus that drives around Central London past the city’s main highlights and landmarks; traditional French Salon de Thé with authentic French bakes; Website Price: ££££ Departure Location and Sitting Times: 12.30pm and 3.00pm from 8 Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalrgar Square WC2N 5BY; 12.00pm, 2.30pm and 5.00pm departing daily from Victoria Coach Station Halal Status: Halal, gluten-free and vegetarian options available [Want to cafe hop like a local? Check out these 5 Muslim-friendly cafes in London!]
5. Aqua Shard
Shard
Credit: London Town Highlights: The view from The Shard – Western Europe’s tallest building; vanilla raisin and orange blossom scones with Jersey clotted cream and seasonal homemade jams Website: www.aquashard.co.uk Price: £££ Address: Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street London, SE1 9RY Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge Sitting Times: 3pm – 5pm Monday to Friday Halal Status: No halal meat availablebut you can swap ham for pescatarian (i.e. seafood / dairy / vegetarian) sandwiches upon request
6. Park Lounge @ the Milestone Hotel
Milestone
Credit: TimeOut London Highlights: Just across Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens; garden view in Victorian setting; ‘Little Prince and Princess’ and Gentlemanly Afternoon Tea; choice to book the Oratory or Conservatory Website: www.milestonehotel.com Price: £££ Address: The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL Nearest Tube Station: High Street Kensington Sitting Times: 1pm, 3pm and 5pm daily Halal Status: Vegetarian and gluten-free options available; halal upon request at booking

A girly tea party with cake and gossip

Credit: Giphy If you happen to be in London for a girly road trip or to visit an old girlfriend you haven’t seen for ages, then a tea party is the perfect way to celebrate your friendship and laugh over all the crazy things you’ve all got away with. After all, you’ll still be doing this over tea and cake even when you’re old and grey. Here are some great locations that will suit the mood.
7. The Gallery at Sketch Parlor
Sketch
Credit: Urban Pixxels Highlights: Themed dining rooms with Afternoon Tea served in the Gallery, also known as the Pink Room; apricot tartlets with gold leaf centre; raspberry flumps; gianduja Chocolateéclairs; comté cheese toastie Website Price: ££££ Address: 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus Sitting Times: 1pm – 6pm every day Halal Status: Pork is on the menu but can be replaced with vegetarian and seafood upon request.
8. Bake-a-Boo
Bake a boo
Credit: hostelbookers Highlights:  Unlimited tea throughout; Boo’s vanilla cupcakes; chocolate-dipped strawberries; mini brownies; shortbread biscuits; Website Price: ££ Address: 86 Mill Lane, Greater London NW66 1NL Nearest Tube Station: West Hampstead Sitting Times: 12pm – 6pm Sunday to Friday; 10am – 6pm Saturday Halal Status: Vegetarian, vegan and dairy-, gluten-, wheat- and sugar-free options available; request upon booking 24 hours in advance with a non-refundable 50% deposit
9. Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley
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Pret a Portea 2
The Royal Collection 2016 is on limited offer in celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.[/caption] Credit: Britain by Heart Highlights: Features the Fashionista’s Afternoon Tea inspired by the world’s finest designers; savoury skewers; taster spoons; canapés and tea sandwiches; selection of cakes and fancies in the colours of the fashion season and the style of the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Moschino and Valentino Website  Price: ££££ Address: Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL Nearest Tube Station: Knightsbridge Sitting Times: 1.45pm – 5.30pm Monday to Thursday;1pm – 5.30pm Friday to SundayReservation: 90 days in advance only Halal Status: Gluten and nut free options can be catered for; halal menu requires a 24-hour notice

A memorable teatime off the beaten path

Credit: Giphy Have got the taste of a connoisseur and have a preference for the artisanal, quirky and contemporary fare? Life’s too short to fly with the flock. Go your own way and pick from these choices that will give you an experience your taste buds will remember for a while.
10. OXO Tower Restaurant
Oxo
Credit: Biscuiteers Highlights: Not Afternoon Tea selection features whimsical dessert plates that changes with the season ; Overlooks the River Thames with panoramic views of the London skyline. Website  Price: ££ Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH Nearest Tube Station: Southwark Sitting Times: 3pm – 5pm Sunday to Friday; 2pm – 4.30pm Saturdays Halal Status: Vegetarian and vegan menu available; halal upon request at booking. No meats are served in the Not Afternoon Tea Selection but some cakes may be infused with alcohol. Not Afternoon Tea comes with a cocktail – switch it out for a refreshing mocktail instead
11. Drink, Shop and Do
drink shop and do
Credit: International Shops Online
Highlights: Afternoon Tea is served witha choice of Dos such as making Fabric Corsages, 1920s Headbands, Hen Party Sashes, Pearl Bracelets, or Balloon Bending; finger sandwiches on fancy breads; savoury scone with herb butter; miniature cakes Website  Price: ££ Address: 9 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX Nearest Tube Station: King’s Cross Sitting Times: Tea time every day upon booking Halal Status: Vegetarian, vegan and gluten- and dairy-free menu available. Advanced booking with non-refundable booking required.
12. One Aldwych
One Aldwych
Credit: The Cosy Traveller Highlights: Afternoon Tea inspired but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango; homemade candy floss; gingerbread cake pops; Eton Mess Website Price: £££ Address: 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden Sitting Times: 12.30pm – 3.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12.30pm – 4.30pm on Sunday Halal Status: Only one of the five sandwich options contain beef which can be swapped out for a pescatarian alternative

A humble cuppa, the local way

Credit: Giphy If you’re on a budget, don’t fret! You can still enjoy this British custom without breaking the bank. Here are some tearooms where you can enjoy a full Afternoon Tea experience on a shoestring.
13. The Orangery @ the Fan Museum
Orangery Fan Museum
Credit: Style. See. London. Highlights: Part of the FanMuseum set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse; chocolate brownies with white chocolate chunks Website  Price: £ plus entry into the Fan Museum Address: 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER Nearest Tube Station: Cutty Sark Sitting Times: 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 3.35pm on Tuesdays and Sundays (booking strongly advised) and between 12.30pm and 4.30pm Fridays and Saturdays (no bookings taken) Halal Status: Afternoon tea is desserts-only.
14. Gallery Mess at Saatchi Gallery
Saatchi
Credit: Aimazin Highlights: Located within the Saatchi Gallery; selection of teas from Tea Palace; macarons; chocolate tart; strawberry cream cupcake Website Price: £ Address: Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY Nearest Tube Station: Sloane Square Sitting Times: 2.30pm – 6.00pm daily Halal Status: No halal meat but pescatarian (i.e. seafood) options available
15. Orange Pekoe
Orange Pekoe
Credit: Rose Highlights: Choose between the cheaper cream tea set of the full Afternoon Tea set; choice of cakes and sandwiches; large selection of tea; warm plain or sultana scones Website  Price: £ Address: 3 White Hart Lane, London SW13 0PX Nearest Tube Station: Barnes Bridge (Rail) Sitting Times: Between 2pm – 5pm daily Halal Status: Ham not usually served with sandwiches but do double check with the waiter to confirm. Enjoy!