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The Chinese Whispers Afternoon Tea at Kai

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4.7
49 Reviews
£26 to £40
Afternoon Tea

Take this moment with a close friend and spill your stories and secrets. Dip into the “Jar of Whispers and Conversations” for thought-provoking conversation starters that will really get you talking.

Michelin-starred Kai Mayfair’s Chinese Whispers afternoon tea sets the mood for a relaxed and intimate chat where you can share juicy pieces of gossip along with your gourmet sweets. Infuse your favourite social meetups with the energising flavour of a faraway Eastern haven. Here’s where songbirds sing, Mah Jong tiles chatter, and your secrets are free to whisper in the breeze.

Sip a flight of tea cocktails, nibble on Willy Wong’s ‘Apothecary Macarons’ with clotted cream and sample our most talked about desserts in miniature. Enjoy Chinese-inspired savory snacks including Bao with Crispy Duck and Marble Tea Egg.

Call your friends. Make a date. Pick an outfit. Because your best stories won’t keep till tomorrow!

Afternoon Tea is priced at
£46 (01 Jul - 30 Sep)
£52 (From 01 Oct)

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Booked 6 times today
  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Chinese

  • Hours of Operation

    Afternoon Tea
    Fri, Sat 14:30–16:30

  • Phone number

    020 7493 8988

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Chow

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Menu

Truth Potions / Tonics

  • A Flight of 3 Tea Cocktails

    Sweet Secrets & Whispers

    • Jar of Whispers & Conversations

      A jar of Tea & Vanilla Sablé Breton treats shaped as symbols of memories and conversation starters

      • A Little Birdie Once Told Me

        Rich chocolate cookie piped with royal icing

        • Who Needs Money When You've Got Cake!

          Kaya Money Cake with coconut & Pandan Custard

          • It Must Be True If You Heard it Three Times During Mah-Jong

            Mah-Jong Tile White Chocolate Bon Bons

            • Stories from Childhood

              Pandan Crème Brulee with Stolen Milo Powder

              Macaroons with Clotted Cream

              • Willy Wong's 'Apothecary Macaroons' with Clotted Cream

                A playful interpretation from memories of traditional Chinese medicine shops, filled with vials of mysterious fragrant powders and the masters who blended them together to create traditional remedies. 'Blue and white china' Macaroons shells, clotted cream, an assortment of fruit essences & powders, toppings & condiments

                Bao 'Sandwiches' & Savouries

                • 'Chai' Bao Sliders

                  with Nanyang chilli sauce

                  • Bao Chopped Vegetables

                    with shavings of Summer Truffles

                    • Bao with Crispy Duck

                      • Prawns on Toast

                        • Chinese Tea Egg

                          Soft egg, soy broth, tea caviar

                          • Potion of 'Eternal Youth'

                            Inspired by the Chinese 'essence' tonics with anti-aging properties

                            Afternoon Tea

                            £46

                            • Putting on Rose Tinted Glasses

                              With a Glass of Pink Champagne: Canard Duchéne, Charles VII Grand Cuvee, Brut Rosé - £61 (additional glass £24)

                              • Oh Behave

                                With a Glass of Champagne: Champagne Thienot Cuvee Stanilas Blanc de Blanc's - £56 (additional glass £22)

                                Last updated: 31 July 2020

                                What 49 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                4.7
                                4.7 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.6Food
                                • 4.7Service
                                • 4.8Ambience
                                • 4.5Value

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                                1. RR

                                  RuthR

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 10 October 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I went for the Afternoon Tea at Kai, and it was amazing. They had cute little touches like wish birds on the tables, the food was divine and there was a great range of teas. It is the perfect special treat!

                                2. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 30 September 2021

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  Very nice afternoon tea with tasty selection of savoury and sweet. The ambience was very good and relaxing. We were allowed to choose another type tea for refill, which adds more value to the whole experience

                                3. L

                                  Lainey

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 18 September 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Absolutely amazing, the food was delicious and filling (you can also request second portions if you wanted to!) The decor is just so pretty as well, and the tea flavours were just lovely. Definitely would recommend!

                                4. E

                                  Estee

                                  Newcastle

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 11 September 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Came for the afternoon tea which was very good. Very good experience. If you enjoy South east asian food, you will enjoy Kai afternoon tea. Also ordered wasabi prawns which was very nice. I didn't enjoy the crispy duck very much and felt that it was a bit dry. We were allowed to have a second round of food but only the savouries came. On the whole, it was very good experience and will come back again for the afternoon tea and prawns.

                                5. K

                                  Kerry

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 14 August 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The whole experience from the food to the story was great

                                6. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 28 July 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It was a great experience in every respect, we are looking forward to visit again

                                7. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 16 July 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was super delicious. The service was warm and considerate. Definitely will come back.

                                8. L

                                  Lbngo

                                  London

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on 11 July 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent afternoon tea with a twist. Really enjoyed this Chinese styled afternoon tea, with delicious fun food paired with desserts with common Asian flavours. The staff was attentive and looked after the party well.

                                9. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 1 July 2021

                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                  the food were just so so, didn’t worth the price

                                10. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 26 June 2021

                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                  Lovely staff and lovely food along with a beautiful atmosphere for afternoon tea. Little birdies sshhh ...👀

                                11. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Bath

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 26 June 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The Afternoon Tea was absolutely divine, along with the service it was such a lovely experience. So many different elements to the Afternoon Tea and great value for £45pp.

                                12. KM

                                  KatyM

                                  London

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 12 June 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is such a cute afternoon tea. The decor and ambience is lovely. Really enjoyed the food and the service was great too.

                                13. SA

                                  SabrinaA

                                  Miami - Dade

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on 10 December 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Everything was fantastic, I could not find any fault and I honestly had the best afternoon tea ever. Truly recommend

                                14. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on 5 December 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Kai has been on my list to dine for a while. I Was taken here for my birthday by my mum. Was not sure what to expect as it was an afternoon tea experience that was very different from the norm. The food, experience and service at Kai Mayfair for their Chinese Whispers afternoon tea was brilliant!! The food, drinks, and tea were different but exciting and tasted amazing!! Could refill as much as you wanted and we had seconds of the savoury part of the menu as it was sooo good! Flavours have been thought of very well. Everything was explained to us and service was friendly and polite. Desar was our server and was helpful and attentive. Would definitely recommend going for the afternoon tea if you want to do something different and eat some great chinese afternoon tea!

                                15. D

                                  Drew

                                  London

                                  5 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on 5 December 2020

                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                  The moment we walked in up till we finished, service was professional, friendly and the staff was attentive. It is a unique high tea experience, food was nice and tasty. We really appreciated the decor/ambience that made the place really cozy. Overall it was a good experience!

                                16. AS

                                  AssilS

                                  London

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on 5 December 2020

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  Absolutely stunning place / beautiful service / super kind staff loved everything about the place

                                17. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on 2 November 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love it so much!!! And the food was so delicious 💖💖

                                18. f

                                  faatimah

                                  Liverpool

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 25 October 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love this place! Will come again! Wonderful place for both adults and kids!

                                19. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on 16 October 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Kai's Chinese whispers afternoon tea is an amazing delight. I know of nowhere else in London that does an Chinese / Nanyang inspired afternoon tea with savoury and sweet treats as I had experienced in Kai. Taking a page of the format of the typical British afternoon tea (savoury followed by sweets and then cream tea with scones); the Nanyang based cuisine food was certainly (and pleasantly) a far cry from drab buttered cucumber sandwiches. Afternoon tea was very affordably priced for the effort that has gone into the plates, with options to have it with or without bubbly. Whilst I'm sure the flavours would be intriguing to those unfamiliar to the cuisine, they certainly would bring back fond memories of those whose origins are from Southeast Asia. Lots of distractions also to allow one to 'play with one's food'; but I won't give it away any more than others already have on their reviews / pictures. The afternoon tea has definitely piqued my interest to plan a return to sample further their regular a la carte fare, certainly tempting and drawing me away from my regular Chinese - the other more well-known but equally starred haunt around the corner.

                                20. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 12 October 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food and afternoon tea experience are amazing

                                21. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 12 October 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  First time at Kai and loved the Chinese Whispers theme! The food was excellent and the hospitality was genuine and personalised. Also C-19 procedures were on point with temperature checks on arrival, face masks, hand sanitisers etc Looking forward to revisit for dinner at some point

                                22. KD

                                  KathyD

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 11 October 2020

                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                  Overall the Chinese Whispers Afternoon Tea was quite nice. Food and drink was pretty good.

                                23. J

                                  Jojo

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 10 October 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Beautiful relaxing afternoon, highly recommend this. Best afternoon tea I've had.

                                24. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 22 September 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It was absolutely amazing. The food was divine and the service was outstanding.

                                25. A

                                  Allig3

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 22 September 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food and different assortment of teas was unusual and all was delicious. The attention to detail describing little Chinese customs with the food was delightful. The restaurant was COVID friendly and clean.

                                26. P

                                  Peter

                                  London

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on 20 September 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Simply excellent - unique, tasty, elegant, interactive, authentic, great value for money

                                27. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 15 September 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Afternoon tea with a twist. Food was lovely and they even gave us seconds. Loved the bird concept and service was fantastic

                                28. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 9 September 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The best afternoon tea in my mind!! The service is perfect! And the taste is great. I would highly recommend.

                                29. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Oxford

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 5 September 2020

                                  overall5food4service4ambience5

                                  Excellent environment and food display with innovative menu - food were good but the sweet section is a bit too sweet.

                                30. PL

                                  PinkyL

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 2 September 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was absolutely enchanting- will definitely be going back .

                                31. W

                                  Whatadoshawty

                                  London

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 1 September 2020

                                  overall4food4service2ambience5

                                  Nice food. Nice atmosphere. Service could be improved. Asked what an item was and was given 3 different explanations. Was also ignored by the hostess for a while.

                                32. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  4 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on 31 August 2020

                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                  I liked Macaron to sub scones. Menu is well made and well presented with a theme. Nice coupling with Chinese teas.

                                33. LH

                                  LauraH

                                  London

                                  3 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on 26 August 2020

                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                  The Chinese Whispers afternoon tea at Kai Mayfair was really lovely. The food was definitely unique compared to traditional afternoon tea and very delicious. I loved the macarons with clotted cream and the bottles of flavours you could sprinkle on them, it was very unique and the macarons were light, crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Everything was absolutely delicious and well presented, and the atmosphere and decor of the restaurant was lovely. The service was a little slow but maybe it’s because I was on my own and they forgot about me. They were quick to bring things when I asked though. The only downside of the afternoon tea was that due to the slow service, I was a little hungry again after the dessert part. I understand the calibre of food is exquisite but it would be amazing if the courses were refillable. They also only had four types of tea included in the afternoon tea price with a lot more that had supplementary costs. They’re my only “complaints”, I had a very nice time at Kai for Chinese Whispers afternoon tea.

                                34. s

                                  symone

                                  New York Area

                                  22 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  22 reviews

                                  Dined on 25 August 2020

                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                  First time going to kai, lovely place, went for the afternoon tea. Beautifully presented and quirky. Felt there wasn't much 'bao' sandwiches and kinda missed the scones but that is what made this afternoon tea unique and was a nice experience to try something different. Would come back again to try there main menu. Overall a nice experience :-)

                                35. DJ

                                  DavidJ

                                  London

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on 19 August 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great experience! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended

                                36. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Toronto

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 18 August 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The staffs are amazing, the service is the best among all the afternoon tea I have been to.

                                37. C

                                  Cjm789

                                  London

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on 12 August 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent afternoon tea experience, beautifully refined sweet treats!

                                38. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Hawaii

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 11 August 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent!love it!Fantastic!

                                39. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 7 March 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The afternoon tea is amazing!!

                                40. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  London

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on 5 March 2020

                                  overall2food3service1ambience2

                                  The waiter arranged a very poor table for me and my friend. It was very dark and narrow beside the stairs. And the waiter didn't bring us a teapot to smell the tea.

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                                The Chinese Whispers Afternoon Tea at Kai is rated 4.7 stars by 49 OpenTable diners

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                                Booked 6 times today
                                Google Map for The Chinese Whispers Afternoon Tea at Kai

                                65 South Audley Street London, W1K 2QU

                                • Area

                                  Mayfair

                                • Hours of Operation

                                  Afternoon Tea
                                  Fri, Sat 14:30–16:30

                                • Cuisines

                                  Afternoon Tea, Chinese

                                • Dining style

                                  Fine Dining

                                • Dress Code

                                  Smart Casual

                                • Public Transit

                                  Bond Street, Hyde Park Corner underground stations are a 7 minute walk way.

                                • Payment Options

                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive Chef

                                  Alex Chow

                                • Additional

                                  Beer, Wine

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