Afternoon tea was invented in 1840’s England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. As dinner continued to get fashionably later, the empty tummy grumbles after lunch would set in around 4pm and the solution, helped along by the resounding popularity of tea, was a mini lunch with sandwiches, cakes and tea. Now that is what we call a great legacy! Celebrate it in style in Glasgow at our choice picks of the most wonderful afternoon tea destinations. We’ll forgive you if you run out of room for dinner.


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When it comes to afternoon tea with a twist, Cup have it down to a T (see what we did there? nailed it). Unlimited refills of a wide variety of specially selected blends, paired with sweets, savouries and cocktails for the adventurous.

Wicked Lounge

Free glass of fizz with your luxury afternoon tea? Now that sounds like a Sunday worth getting out of bed for, get yourself down for the cabaret experience!

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The Hidden Lane Tearoom

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Step into the Hidden Lane and step back in time, with traditional tea parties, gorgeous vintage tableware and home-bakes to die for. Worth searching for!

Vanilla Black at the Theatre

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Feeling naughty for splurging? Vanilla Black are currently running a fabulous deal with Groupon – just £29.95 for afternoon tea for two in the bustling theatre atmosphere.

The Salon Bar at the Blythswood

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The fabulous setting of The Salon Bar is the perfect spot to wile away time people-watching, nattering, and partaking in some delicious teatime options. If it’s an extra special occasion, then don’t forget that the spa is just downstairs, calling your name!

The Butterfly and Pig

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This Bath Street establishment has been serving up the finest cakes, tea, and bubbly for about as long as we can remember. It would be easy to accidentally go the whole way and start with afternoon tea, innocently pop into the bar for a few and finally finish at 3am after a good boogie at the Buff Club upstairs. You have been warned.

The Willow Tea Rooms

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s name and the designs of the Glasgow Four are synonymous with our great city, and at least one visit to the iconic tearooms will convince you of that. Indulge in an afternoon tea which would exceed the high standards of even Miss Cranston herself.

Mad Hatter’s (Paisley)

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Head a little out of town to Paisley for a special trip to the Mad Hatter’s tea party. They recently celebrated their first birthday (or should that be unbirthday?) and we can only imagine how delicious that cake would have been!