Afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal

4.7
906 reviews
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Afternoon Tea
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Hotel Café Royal’s award-winning afternoon tea is served in a unique setting, the Oscar Wilde Lounge. Dating back to 1865, this stunning room has been restored exquisitely to its original Louis XVI detailing. Hotel Café Royal has joined forces with French perfumer diptyque to create a new afternoon tea where taste and scent unite in harmony. The menu takes inspiration from diptyque’s most iconic scents. Service is accompanied by a live pianist and, dependent on tier booking, guests will receive a candle to take home.

Dress code: Smart/casual
Note: The returning time for each table is 1.5 hours. For group bookings kindly contact the hotel directly.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, British
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Hours of Operation
Open daily from 11.30am to 7.30pm

From 10th September to 15th November 2018, the first sitting will be at 12 noon and the last sitting at 6.30pm
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Phone number
020 7406 3333
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Armand Sablon
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Parking Details
Valet parking available on 10 Air Street
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Public Transit
Underground Station: Piccadilly Circus
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Entertainment
Pianist
Additional
Entertainment, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Free glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea: £49

Enjoy the award-winning traditional Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal in partnership with French perfumer diptyque with a glass of Champagne on the house. Advance bookings only. Offer does not include diptyque candle.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 15 November 2018

Availability: Mon-Thu 11:30-19:30

What 906 People Are Saying
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BP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. Everything was perfect. Outstanding service, lovely afternoon tea, beautiful surroundings.

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic room, great food and service.

I would highly recommend, better than most and as good as the best!

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ein rundum perfektes Erlebnis und einer der besten afternoon tea!

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CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, impeccable service and a very tasty tea.

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ZA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful, however we were stung by the expensive extras that weren’t complimentary. It wasn’t made clear when we were offered them that they would cost us more than half of what we paid in the first place! It was lovely though. The decor was beautiful, the atmosphere was genteel and added to the sense of occasion, the staff were friendly, obliging and not hovering in an obtrusive way, the pianist played beautifully and the food was delicious too.

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VR
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant afternoon tea with a great selection of teas. The sandwiches and desserts are wonderful. Great for per-theater meal.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service by waiters were really good and warm, the scone and the chocolate brownie were really fantastic! The environment was very grand and comfortable for guests.

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p
Kent
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant afternoon with a friend would recommend to the family.
We also may try a lunch at the Cafe Royal.

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GS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service by Martin was fabulous. Great ambience, choice of teas exceptional & the palate cleanser between savoury & sweet was perfect. Will return on my next trip to UK.

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K
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want an indulgent afternoon tea in sumptuous surroundings, this is the place to go. The food is rich but wonderful, the service is excellent and the Oscar Wilde room just as you can hope anything atta he'd to his name to be.

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an outstanding and an amazing experience beyond my imaginations. Staff members were very welcoming and made myself and guest feel amazing. Walked away with smiles on our faces. Is definitely A go again and a recommendation.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful place and excellent service from all of the employees.

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H
London
37 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opulent, beautiful food, excellent service. They were so accommodating and understanding, rescheduling our booking on the day because one of our party had an accident whilst en route and we spent 5 hours in A&E. They made everyone feel better after we finally got there. Food was superb. Though not cheap with prices starting at £49pp it is also not the priciest afternoon tea in the area but felt really special, the quality of the food and teas was first rate and service faultless. They were happy to adjust for food allergies and everything was exquisite and professional. Lovely staff turned a very stressful day into a rescued birthday treat. Would definitely recommend.

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TE
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous surroundings. We were in the middle of the room so I would ask for a table at the side. Piano player created a lovely atmosphere and the service was excellent.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday with my sister. Although our table wasn’t quite ready in time and we waited for 5 mins, the staff were very welcoming and kind. Allergies are catered for, and the alternatives were very good! Some sandwiches were on the dryer side (but some, like the muffin, were absolutely incredible and we asked for extras!). The pastries were nice overall, but the scones were the real treat. We got live birthday music on the piano with an additional little sweet for the birthday. The tea quality/selection was very good as well (we tried the Oolong and White teas, both lovely). Overall very pleasant experience in a gorgeous setting, albeit definitely on the pricier side. If you’re feeling like a treat yourself day, I would definitely recommend!

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h
London
30 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting, that made it feel very decadent but the height of the table and design of the chair didn't make for the most relaxing sitting arrangements. The live piano music is lovely, just too loud, especially as we were sat right next to the piano and so found we had to shout to talk to each other!

The sandwich selection was really tasty and you can go for seconds, but I wouldn't recommend it as the portions are big enough! The sweet options were equally well considered. Overall, I'd say the price point was a little high for what you get but would go again when in the mood for an afternoon tea!

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HW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull and in a beautifull environment. It was a lovley way to take a break in London and rest our legs. The service was perfect

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KM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High Tea was wonderful. The food was outstanding as well as a good selection of teas. Service was excellent as we had a fabulous afternoon! Highly recommend

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really welcoming staff and the food was delicious. We ddidnt feel rushed and even got to take a doggie bag home with us.

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BL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food a d great atmosphere, staff very attentive and polite. High recommended for afternoon tea

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IP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oscar Wilde Lounge is Stunning. The surrounding is beautiful and very stylish and classy. Great Pianist creating a very therapeutic moods was delightful. I highly recommend The Royal Cafe for Afternoon Tea. It was a pleasure and Roberta who took good care of me upon my visit deserves so much credit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a magical place!!

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DD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by Kilian and Artur for champagne afternoon tea. Good value compared to other well known London tea spots. Will definitely go again.

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PA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very lovely place. caring staff. very good afternoon tea. to renew

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GW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and so was the savoury food. The desserts were a disappointment.

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m
London
40 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best afternoon teas in London, speaking as someone who likes afternoon tea and has sampled very many!

The sandwiches were as light as air and very fresh, the cakes different from the usual fare and delicious. The staff could not have been more concerned that we were well looked after. The attention to detail all round was impressive.

The pianist was excellent and kept a low key, sophisticated mood running in the background, as the loud acoustics in the dining room were the only downside.

A very special experience!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After searching for an afternoon tea I came across Hotel Café Royal which I had never heard about. I’m so pleased I did. They were very accommodating with one of my vegetarian guests. All the food was delicious and the staff were very helpful in suggesting matching teas. They were also happy to tell us about the history of the place - it’s named after Oscar Wilde, a frequent guest and Winston Churchill waited there for the results of an election. Atmosphere was lovely with someone playing the piano throughout the afternoon.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive and food was wonderful. Great selection of teas (for afternoon tea). Would definitely recommend for afternoon tea.

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c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Lovely savouries. Service excellent.

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish- perfect. Our waiter went above and beyond to make the experience exceptional.

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. The nibbles were excellent, the selection of tea exceeded our expectations and the pianist was just a perfect addition to our afternoon tea. It was my sister's birthday and he politely played happy birthday on the piano and the waiter brought little chocolates with my sister's name on the plate. Also the waiters were extremely kind and the Romanian girl was just the kindest, serving us with a great pleasure. Will definitely go back and it is highly recommended.

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TK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing afternoon tea experience in a stunning room with great service. Definitely recommend for people wanting the English high tea experience.

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EA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service & atmosphere. The added touch of the pianist was lovely too. Looking forward to returning!

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BL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - make sure you mention if it's a birthday treat, the pianist will play happy birthday to you and you get a treat. Also worth noting that you get your afternoon tea replenished as much as you want! Maybe a bit more expensive than he average 'all you can eat' but still a good deal!

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YS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful place! Very easy to book online with no fuss.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent overall but the piano music was intrusive in a small, beautiful room that reflected the sound off the mirrors and the walls and floors, it was too loud and made conversation with my companion difficult. Suggest background music would be better or a smaller piano that can be toned down

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g
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, impressive over the top baroque style

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KM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. As we were celebrating my Mom’s 80Th birthday!!!

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MG
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful doesn't do it justice to time time I had. The ambience, food and service we amazing.

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LT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea at Cafe Royal was a wonderful experience! The staff was amazing, very accommodating, and friendly. I especially appreciated the finer details in service, such as making modifications to the menu to fit dietary needs and creating a special birthday treat. Cafe Royal created a luxurious ambiance with the beautiful ornate lounge and the live pianist. It is an afternoon tea experience that I will definitely recommend to others!

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