Sometimes only raisin-filled scones, jam and a slab of Victoria Sponge will do.
Washed down with a builder’s brew – or something a little stronger – it’s the perfect excuse to escape the office for a few hours’ “me-time”.
We’ve rounded up the finest Afternoon Teas whether you’re staying around Canary Wharf or venturing a little further for your fix of sweet and savoury goodness.
1. For the classic: London Marriott West India Quay Hotel, West India Quay.
Convince yourself you’re shedding a few pre-cake calories with a stroll over the bridge to this hotel.
Inside the G&Tea Lounge you’ll find mouthwatering sandwiches like smoked salmon and dill as well as a vast pastry selection of chocolate fudge cake alongside a Strawberry tartlet.
Delights continue with fruit cake, scones, and loose leaf tea or coffee.
Noon until 4pm daily, from £17.50.
2. For treats in tranquility: The Fan Museum, Crooms Hill, Greenwich.
Sip tea in the lush, green surroundings overlooking a Japanese-inspired Secret Garden outside.
Munch on a selection of scones and cakes while surrounded by relaxing foliage murals adorning the walls of this historic building then, fully-fed, venture into the museum itself.
Every Tuesday and Sunday there are set sittings, while on Friday and Saturday the cake is first come, first served.
Various times, £7.
3. For something a little quirky: Little Mum’s Afternoon Tea Cocktail Party, New Cross.
This one’s truly a family affair. Tristan Scutt will host his pop-up – inspired by his Little Nan’s living room – at a new location for a fortnight, but it’s his mum who will lend a hand with the feast.
Expect generous portions of sandwiches, scones, and more cakes than you could wish for.
Sittings on August 15 and 22, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 2.30pm and 4pm.
4. For a (slightly) more healthy version: 108 Pantry at The Marylebone Hotel
For those watching their waistlines after a summer of indulgence, this ticks all the boxes.
There are low-sugar options for a variety of treats with pecan pie, chocolate and beetroot cake and lemon tart all laid out on the eatery’s marble table.
Sandwich fillings are stuffed inside homemade bread with gluten-free options available.
Served daily from noon until 6pm.
5. The One Worth Waiting For: The London Royal Tea at Hotel Cafe Royal London
This sweet-as-sugar feast isn’t available until September 14. But inside the hotel’s Oscar Wilde bar, guests will be able to indulge in a menu inspired by London and afternoon tea past and present.
The Battenburg cake will lead the way for the foodie extravaganza, with an Underground macaroon, Pearly King and Queen Opera and Victoria sponge following the selection of traditional sandwiches.
Available from noon until 5pm, £42 per person.