Despite taking place exclusively in Britain, Harry Potter and his friends rarely have tea. Maybe they’re busy in class during afternoon tea times, or it’s the kind of thing only anglophiles really do. In any event, Harry Potter fans can certainly enjoy afternoon tea with a magical twist. There are a number of great Harry Potter afternoon teas across the U.K. to choose from.
Don’t worry though – it’s not at all Dolores Umbridge-y; these Harry Potter afternoon teas lack pink doilies and cat plates on walls. Instead, you’ll get the chance to try your hand a potion-making, savor magically delicious snacks, and escape the Muggle world for these quintessentially British tea experiences.
This post was originally published in April 2020, and has been updated as of March 2022. All tea opportunities listed are currently offered; if you find an error, please let me know in the comments.
1. Cutter & Squidge
The Potion Room at bakery Cutter & Squidge is arguably the Desirable No. 1 Harry Potter afternoon tea in the whole of London. Since they launched their afternoon tea and potions class, it quickly became ultra-popular and regularly sells out even years later.
During the course of the tea, you’ll mix a few potions, enjoy a pot of magically-themed tea, and feel like you’ve eaten out the whole of Honeydukes sweets with all the treats on the menu!
(Most of the rest of the photos in this post were taken when I did the Cutter & Squidge tea with my friend – so you can get a real sense for how magical this tea is!)
2. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour
I’ve been to the Harry Potter studio tour twice and I never knew that afternoon tea was an option until after my last trip!
It turns out that on occasion, the team at The Making of Harry Potter studio tour offers private events, including a magically sparkling afternoon tea option. You can book this as a small group and enjoy your tea in a private room as part of your visit to the rest of the studio tour. It’s a good chance to rest your legs, refuel, and escape the crowds in the Backlot Cafe.
3. The Georgian House Hotel
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you already know The Georgian House Hotel for their Wizarding Chambers accommodation – it’s on my Harry Potter bucket list, after all! Over time, they’ve also added other wizarding experiences to their offering, including a delicious wizarding afternoon tea.
This Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea includes a three-course tea and the option for a special magical cocktail or standard bubbly champagne.
4. The Cauldron
Do you want to make someone fall in love with you? Or do you need a little help to boost your memory skills? The Cauldron is one of the best Harry Potter locations in Edinburgh, and they offer a wizarding afternoon tea.
This magical experience offers a full spread of treats and a lesson in tea brewing (its own kind of muggle potion-making) along with spell-casting lessons and tons of options like bubbly, molecular cocktails, and a drink you summon from the mouth of a magical creature with your wand. It seriously sounds so cool and is well worth the trip to Edinburgh (especially as there are some other awesome Harry Potter sites too).
5. The Wands & Wizard Emporium
While you might think of afternoon tea as something you turn up for and the tea is all prepared for you, this is not the case at the Wizard Afternoon Tea from The Wands & Wizard Emporium. Instead, you’ll use magic – and a little bit of muggle molecular gastronomy – to brew your own magical drinks.
Over the course of the afternoon, you’ll choose a wand – or does it choose you? –, unlock a puzzle chest, brew two interactive teas, and nosh on a scone and a carefully curated selection of “sand-witches” and desserts. This is a very atypical muggle afternoon tea but perfect for those looking to add a little magic to their afternoon routine.
6. Blue Orchid Hotels
Many a muggle would enjoy afternoon tea while overlooking Tower Bridge; only those with special abilities (aka a love of Harry Potter and the wisdom to book in advance) can enjoy this magical afternoon tea with an amazing view. The Harry Potter Afternoon Tea from Blue Orchid Hotel at their Tower Suites property is absolutely perfect in that way – both for view and the experience you’ll enjoy.
Tea service includes a selection of savory sandwiches and sweet treats, including a Sorting Hat carrot cake and salted caramel Golden Snitch. They also offer a creamy “Butter Beer” drink too, to accompany your tea.
7. The Tea Cozy
Photos courtesy of The Tea Cozy
If you find yourself in the tiny hamlet of Hurstbourne Tarrant with little fellow travelers (your kids), you may want to pop in for tea at The Tea Cozy. This is certainly well off the beaten path for most London visitors, but not so for those who are truly dedicated to trying all of the Harry Potter afternoon teas available.
The Tea Cozy offers their child-friendly Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea in a place reminiscent of Madame Puddifoot’s in Hogsmeade. The spread includes sandwiches, tea, other potions (Polyjuice Potion and Hiccoughing Solution), and the companionship of a stuffed owl and knitted Harry figure at your table.
8. Hempstead House
In late 2020, I learned about a Harry Potter afternoon tea that ran for a limited time. It was offered at Hempstead House Hotel, also in Kent.
The tea included a full afternoon tea spread for adults, and children attending can enjoy “The Philosophers Scone,” a Golden Snitch Cup Cake Pop, a Sorting Hat Biscuit, and Butterbeer. While I’m not sure they’ll offer it again this year, I decided to leave it as the last one on my list since it might. Keep an eye on the Hempstead House Hotel events page to see if it’s happening soon.
Do you know of other magical or Harry Potter afternoon teas I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments!