Sometimes discovering a bit of home while you’re on holiday is all you need to cure any homesickness you may have and what’s more homely than afternoon tea? In our blog series with British Airways, we’ll tell you all the best places to have afternoon tea in some of our favourite destinations around the world so you can have a little taste of home while you’re away.


At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa

Dine in style at the Burj Khalifa for afternoon tea, which oozes high-end glam and opulence – a visit here should be at the top of your bucket list for your trip to Dubai. The “high tea” has a choice of delectable options that range from berries and cream to fine roasts with seasonal vegetables. Dessert comes in the form of exquisite sweet treats that features fine pastries and traditional favourites. The Burj Khalifa isn’t only the highest building in Dubai; it’s also the tallest building in the world, sitting at an astonishing 828m! If you book a window table for afternoon tea, you’ll have the chance to peer out of the floor-to-ceiling windows over the rest of Dubai.


Skyview Bar at Burj Al Arab

For a tea with a view, head to the Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab. As you arrive, you’ll be met with breathtaking panoramic views of the Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands – what better way to enjoy some sweet treats. Your afternoon tea will consist of delicate sandwiches, fresh pastries and cakes that are served with delicious homemade jam and mouth-watering Willie Roda’s clottes cream. The Skyview Bar also has an exquisite selection of teas and coffee for you to sample and enjoy. The Burj Al Arab has repeatedly been voted the world’s most luxurious hotel and offers luxury throughout, which extends to its afternoon tea. It’s recommended to book afternoon tea here well in advance as places fill up fast, but it’s totally worth it.


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Ossiano at Atlantis the Palm

If you’re afraid of heights, why not have afternoon tea under the sea? Ossiano is a unique restaurant that provides fantastic experiences as well as just great cakes. Be sure to book well in advance as afternoon tea or high tea as they describe it, only happens once a week. As you walk in, you’ll quickly realise that you are surrounded by huge windows with an abundance of marine life dancing and diving right before your eyes. The afternoon tea itself is a set menu with caviar appetisers, sandwiches, cakes and of course a tea menu with a wide selection. It’s worth pointing out that if you want to sit on a table next to one of the windows, you’ll have to pay slightly more but you’ll get a great view of the aquarium wherever you sit.


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Al Bayt, Palace Downtown

On the slightly cheaper side, afternoon tea at Al Bayt will be sure to satisfy your sweet cravings. Providing stunning views of Burj Khalifa and embellished with glowing candles and lanterns, this afternoon tea runs every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 2-6pm. The dress code is smart casual so it’s easy to pop in after a morning of wandering around Dubai, taking in all the sights or even indulging in a bit of shopping. You’ll have all the traditional snacks found in afternoon tea, as well as a range of juices and premium beverages to choose from to compliment your tea, as well as live music to accompany your afternoon. Much like the other afternoon teas in this post, it’s recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment.



La Patisserie at Sofitel Dubai Downtown

The Lobby Lounge at Sofitel Dubai Downtown serves up luscious a selection of refined sandwiches and sweet treats, which include smoked salmon, green tea macaroons and scones with chocolate and raisin – not to mention their expansive tea menu. It’s all served in a stunning birdcage-like presentation stand, which makes for a perfect insta shot! It only costs AED 199 for two people so if you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful to keep you occupied in an afternoon, this is a great choice. What sets this afternoon tea from the others is it’s available to book every day between the hours of 10am – 8pm so if you want an early or late tea, that’s totally fine too.


The Samovar Lounge at the One & Only Royal Mirage

Providing stunning views of the world-famous Dubai Marina, The Samovar Lounge at the One & Only Royal Mirage is a fabulous choice for afternoon tea. Enjoy a refined and elegant environment where guests can enjoy all of the traditional finger food that’s served at afternoon teas – if you’re feeling homesick, there’s even Devonshire clotted cream to go with the scones! On their website, they state “To savor tea time fully, one must know how to take the time to relax, how to leave daily cares behind and appreciate the simple pleasures of the moment.” We don’t think there’s a better way to describe afternoon tea and at AED 165 per person, the experience is a steal.


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