Afternoon Tea for children at St. Ermin’s Hotel

Afternoon tea is quite possibly the most British of all institutions. But an afternoon tea that is cute, casual, and designed especially for children, well that is a perfect thing! We were delighted to visit St. Ermin’s Hotel, an oasis in the middle of London, to enjoy their delicious Children’s Afternoon Tea.

St. Ermin’s is tucked away in central London surrounded by flowering bushes and lush trees, and you instantly feel transported into a quiet, beautiful little haven. A perfect decompression zone and welcome to your afternoon tea.  The location is geographically convenient for any tourist or Londoner alike — St. Ermin’s is only a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Thames River, and St. James Park. It is a great place to relax, recharge, and have several well-deserved scones with clotted cream and tea!

St. Ermin’s is a beautiful historic hotel with a small Tea Lounge, and a terrace too, which was the perfect spot for our warm spring day (hooray!). We enjoyed the outdoor setting, but the cosiness indoors must be lovely on rainy or colder days too. I have become something of an American abroad ‘expert’ on afternoon teas, having gone to over a dozen of London’s most famous spots for afternoon tea. But this is now a new family favourite.

The new Mini Gardner’s Tea for children was simply adorable! It arrived in a sweet little white picket fence ‘garden’ box, with edible apples filled with mousse, a teeny terracotta seed pot filled with ‘dirt’ which was chocolate and caramel, and a tomato made of sponge cake and jam filling. Of course my children barely could focus on the sandwiches with all these extra special treats stealing the show. But they understood the etiquette of the occasion, and drank fruit tea, ate sandwiches, and then enjoyed the indulgent treats! Following that was a basket of warm scones. Heaven! Even our stuffed bunnies got to enjoy the day out with a little tea set we brought 🙂

For adults, there are a few options of the classic Afternoon Tea, an Afternoon Tea with Unlimited Prosecco, or a Gluten Free Tea. A great way for everyone to have a treat. I highly recommend booking as far in advance as possible, since it is a small but popular English day out.

The staff are lovely, the beautiful surroundings are a great backdrop and respite, and the lovely attention to detail — which included a St. Ermin’s picture book, and a tomato growing seed packet with compost to take home — really made the entire experience memorable.

After our tea, we went to visit the 3rd floor Bee Terrace,  which is a fascinating urban rooftop beehive. We watched from indoors as some of their 350,00 bees went busily buzzing past, working to make honey! The Bee & Bee Hotel is too cute. The hotel even uses ingredients from its’ rooftop kitchen garden.

It is a very family friendly day, complete with high chairs, baby change tables in the toilets (not always the case in central London toilets), and a lift. Although, you can check your buggy like we did, so you have all the comforts.

St. Ermin’s Afternoon Tea
every day of the week 12 – 6pm
Caxton Street
 +44 20 72227888


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