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 was updated in October 2020.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of these tea experiences is limited. Please be sure to check each site for dates and availability before turning up.
1. Harry Potter Afternoon Tea at Hempstead House
I’ve just discovered there’s a Harry Potter Afternoon Tea happening at Hempstead House Hotel in Kent – but it’s coming up quick, so don’t miss out!
Each day from Thursday, October 29th to Sunday, November 1st, you can sit down from 12:30-3:00pm in the “Great Hall,” that is, The Heritage Suite at the Hempstead House Hotel. The tea includes 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.
The whole event will have staggered seating and social distancing so that everyone feels safe to enjoy the event.
2. Afternoon Tea at 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!)
3. Private Afternoon Tea at 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.
4. Wizard Afternoon Tea at 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.
5. Wizarding Afternoon Tea at Happily Ever Afters
Planning a trip to see Dedalus Diggle down in Kent? Be sure to leave time for the wizarding afternoon tea offered by Happily Ever Afters. This tea shop offers magical experiences in a number of ways (princess parties, delectable treats in their tearoom) in addition to this Harry Potter-esque afternoon tea.
During the tea experience, you’ll mix potions, be sorted into a Hogwarts house, and even enjoy some butterbeer in addition to your tea! Be sure to check the calendar though, as the wizarding afternoon tea takes place on set days.
6. Wizards Afternoon Tea at Cardamon Tea Lounge
It’s a little tricky to know what the standard wizards afternoon tea is at Cardamon tea lounge since their menu has changed for ‘take-away’ tea options right now – but this Colchester tea shop is still trying to provide magical tea experiences even though you can’t sit in their tea room to enjoy them!
Currently, their takeaway option features an ‘Elixir of Truth’ drink, soup and savories, and sweets to combat any ill effects you might feel from the tea-potion. It all undoubtedly tastes better than a bezoar!
7. The School of Magic Afternoon Tea at The Assembly House
You might need to use Muggle transport to reach The Assembly House in Norfolk for their School of Magic afternoon tea, but it’s worth it. At this hotel, they do a number of themed teas each year and all are of NEWT-level quality.
During The School of Magic, you’ll enjoy themed cakes, scones, and sandwiches that are all magically delicious and will leave you wishing you could conjure up more.
Do you know of other magical or Harry Potter afternoon teas we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments!