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Kew Gardens afternoon tea

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The Afternoon Tea Party is a unique British tradition born in the 1840s. 

Once an intimate gathering for high-society ladies, it became a formal affair, hosting up to two hundred guests between 4 pm and 7 pm.

Today, the Afternoon Tea Party is a delightful indulgence, perfect for birthdays, pre-wedding parties, or baby showers. 

The tea party at Kew Gardens includes a menu of delicate sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, pastries, and cakes.

Why the afternoon tea at Kew

Enjoy a delightful sensory experience with the Kew Afternoon Tea in the middle of beautiful plant life and breathtaking landscapes.

With iconic Victorian architecture in plain view, the afternoon tea at Kew Gardens truly feels like a transportive experience to a high-refined Victorian era amidst the lap of nature. 

Where does the Afternoon Tea at Kew take place?

While there are several fantastic restaurants at Kew Gardens, the Afternoon Tea tradition is carried out in the Botanical Restaurant, with mesmerizing views of the pond and the majestic Palm House.

You will have three distinct Afternoon Tea options:

  • Traditional 
  • Vegetarian
  • Gardener’s 

Each meticulously crafted menu includes an array of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, savory bites and jam, pastries, and a selection of teas. 

Nearest Kew Entrance for Afternoon tea

The nearest Kew Garden entrance to the Afternoon Tea at Botanical Brasserie is the Victoria Gate. 

Victoria Gate is merely a five-minute walk from the Kew Garden Subway Station

If you are coming in from a ferry, you will be coming in from the Elizabeth Gate.

If you choose to drive to Kew Gardens, you will have to come in from the Brentford Gate since it is the only gate with Parking at Kew.

Learn about Entrances at Kew Garden.

Kew Afternoon Tea Menu

The Afternoon Tea caters to diverse preferences, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. 

It is even more enjoyable after a brisk adventure at Kew, such as climbing the Treetop Walkway or frolicking through the Children’s Garden!

Classic Menu

Finger Sandwiches such as Classic Egg Mayonnaise and Cress, Coronation Chicken, Roasted Ham, Tuna, and more. 

Scones are served with English Tiptree Jam Clotted cream and mini tea cakes. 

Vegetarian Menu

Finger Sandwiches such as Cucumber fresh mint, Roasted vegetables, Chickpea and Carrots, Classic Egg Mayonnaise, and more. 

Scones are served with English Tiptree Jam Clotted cream and mini tea cakes.

You can add a glass of Prosecco or Kew English Sparkling for a small price.

A selection of coffee, cream tea, and botanical tea are also available.

A detailed menu, complete with the price list, can be found on the website. 

Admission to Afternoon Tea

The Afternoon Tea is served at The Botanical Brasserie inside the Kew Gardens.

Visitors are charged a fee for the entrance ticket to Kew Gardens

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (30 to 64 years): £14
Student Ticket (with a valid ID): £7
Youth Ticket (16 to 29 years): £7
Senior Ticket (60+ years): £12
Child Ticket (4 to 15 years): £4
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free
Family Ticket (1 adult & 2 children): £29
Family Ticket (2 adult & 2 children): £48

Timings and Dress Code

Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

There is no formal dress code.

Please wear something casual, comfortable, and appropriate for public space.

If you wish to attend more such events at Kew, you can also check out the illustrious Christmas trail at Kew!

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