Afternoon tea is a special treat to be enjoyed among friends, and London has no end of restaurants, cafes, and hotels that offer the experience. But Afternoon tea is expensive, so you want to make sure you go to the right place. But sometimes it can be difficult to make an informed decision; on their websites, a description of afternoon tea sounds pretty much the same, and the only difference you can determine at first glance is the price. Just because something is more expensive, however, does not been it is the best - or the best value for money.
From your own experience, which places in London do you think offer the best value for money for afternoon tea? Why? Is it the quality of the food, the customer service, the atmosphere/decor?
I think that the more you get into the centre of London, the more expensive Afternoon Tea probably becomes. The most expensive places are going to be the 5 star hotels. These places usually do very elaborate cakes with extra finishing touches on design, which means you are partly paying for the theatre of the meal as much s the food itself.
When you branch out into smaller towns, you'll find that cafes also offer afternoon tea. These are much cheaper (can be around £10), but also consist of a lot less (one scone each rather than two, and one cake rather than several), and it is more a self service system.
If you are celebrating, then you will probably want to spend the extra money on going somewhere special, but if you are just having a day out, these cafes make excellent value.
The best value Afternoon Tea I have had is at the hotel, Cannazaro House - http://www.weekendnotes.co.uk/cannizaro-house-park/ - it is £25 per person, and you get 2 buttermilk scones with jam and clotted cream, 3 finger snadwiches, and five mini desserts per person.