Afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal

4.7
869 reviews
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Afternoon Tea
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  • 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

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: 3 September 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30-19:30

What 869 People Are Saying
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KM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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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ST
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, highly recommend, fantastic staff, beautiful setting, great afternoon tea.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Really like it and will recommend it to friends.

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

The afternoon tea menu is changed, but the quality of food and service is as satisfying as it always has been. It is definitely worth the value !!

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JK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue for afternoon tea birthday. We were well looked after and nothing was too much trouble. The staff were very pleasant and amiable and hard working. We found the table and chairs to be on the small side but everything else was just fabulous. We shall be coming back.

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RW
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST AFTERNOON TEA IN LONDON! Filled with amazing decor, food and of course tea. This is the place locals go and the experience was beyond authentic. I would go every single day if I could. Worth the price and more. Please visit the Hotel Cafe Royal for afternoon tea for an experience unlike anything else.

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SC
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Diptique tea really lovely! The pianist was also a nice touch. Truly a magical experience.

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Very special design. The service is excellent. But the food is nothing special. I would expect a higher level of food in such a place.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all round in superb venue service top notch super food priced fairly not an everyday trip brilliant thank you

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, gorgeous setting, lovely and plentiful food. And the Lychee and Rose tea was delicious.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our afternoon tea and we recommend this place after a long shopping time

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing place for afternoon tea with the grand interior and also the sound of live piano at the background

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B
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room , lovely service,delicious food & sweets ! Just perfect pre theatre

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

This was a brilliant afternoon tea experience! Service is absolutely wonderful. And the food is really good, not too sweet. Recommend.

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

The afternoon tea was delicious and beautifully presented and the salon itself is quite amazing. We couldn't have been better looked after. A real delight.

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

Whilst the room and ambiance are outstanding, the food sadly disappoints. The sandwiches and cakes were fine but not worthy of the expensive price tag. The service however was impeccable and they offered us as many different tea options as we wanted. We stayed for over 2 hours and didn't feel rushed and generally the whole experience was pleasant.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my friend came for afternoon tea for my birthday everything was amazing and will definitly return they made my day very special

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the location of the hotel was great where you could have a rest after shopping nearby
the food and service were good but what's most satisfying was the atmosphere and the interior decoration with live piano performance.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely afternoon tea in grand settings. Amazing service.

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FW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It truly was an amazing exprience, it was my daughter in law 40th birthday, staff were very attentive, and the surroundings were beautiful, would highly recommend and will definitely return in the future

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s
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High Tea at the Hotel Cafe Royal was superb! I took advantage of the mid-week special for a complimentary glass of champagne with the tea service and I was not disappointed. We sat casually in the grand room, listened to the lovely piano player, enjoyed our delicious treats and especially the scones and clotted cream! You can try multiple options for tea, and of course have more food but you won’t need it! I would highly recommend spending your afternoon here. Next time I will do the diptique candle special and go home with an extra treat.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to have afternoon tea, although we think the piano music was a bit loud.

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W
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The welcome on arrival, and shown straight to seats was warm and welcoming. We were impressed that team members from our previous visit recognised us and came over to welcome us back again. Two of our guests had a birthday so opted for the candle afternoon tea for those two. We do think that the cost of that tea, to cover the cost of the small candle was overpriced. Congratulate on the management team for the excellent team training, nothing was too much trouble, kind courteous, polite, and understood all our requirements. Absolute pleasurable visit, we will definitely be visiting from time to time as this is now our number one Afternoon Tea venue. Thank you all for making the afternoon so special for all of us.

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IR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The venue is amazingly opulent and the food and service was excellent. The letdown was the toilets which were more pub like even though attempts to improve it by adding higher standard soap and hand lotion. Will definitely return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The first travel to London

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. The food was excellent and the staff were lovely

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The food is nice but nothing very special. The low seating is really uncomfortable. The room is too crowded and noisy for my tastes.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really fantastic experience in such a beautiful setting. Staff very attentive but not suffocating. Thoroughly recommend it as a lovely treat. A must-do during your visit to London.

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Idealic venue for afternoon tea. Service, ambience and food outstanding.

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MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A special afternoon, celebrating an 18th birthday. Delicious afternoon tea (sweet treats to die for), efficiently and pleasantly served by lovely, helpful staff (our waiter, Martin, was so nice). The Oscar Wilde lounge is a beautiful venue ... very relaxing ... and the pianist added to the ambience. We appreciated the fact that we weren't rushed away from our table, and although early for our booking, our table was ready and waiting for us when we arrived. I would certainly return and would recommend this venue to friends. Expensive, but worth it as a treat.

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KG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to three afternoon teas in London in the last two months and this was the best by a wide margin. The staff were helpful and responsive prior to the day, and on the day the service was impeccable. Despite dining late, the sandwiches were very fresh indeed and the staff asked if we would like a top up. We were also allowed to choose a savory tea for the sandwiches and a herbal tea for the cakes which was a nice touch. The setting is also beautiful. The piano player has become standard for afternoon teas but is something I continue to appreciate. I would not hesitate to recommend this afternoon tea.

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would not hesitate to book again, very nice experience the staff are so nice and friendly

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RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a recent trip to London, my wife, our grown up daughter, son, and I had a most delightful and delicious afternoon tea. Everything was perfect- the food, service and ambiance exceeded our expectations!

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I were visiting London from the states. We knew we had to have a formal British tea.
We were both extremely impressed by the decor, the pianist, the tea and our delightful servers, Martin and
Christian.

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KC
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our 44th wedding celebration was a delight to start at cafe royal and continue to the theatre .

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LD
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful afternoon tea with champagne, scones and cakes were amazing, while the sandwiches were nice but could have done with a touch more filling. The choice of teas was outstanding. A beautiful setting. We will go back

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambiance, and amazing food! It doesn’t get any better!

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CK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have been twice before and unfortunately the sandwich menu has changed. The really tasty prawn brioche has disappeared as has all the flavour from the goats cheese muffin. Only the standard fare of afternoon tea sandwiches is left, all on exactly the same bread. Nowhere near as good as it used to be.

However the service was excellent and the fact you can order more sandwiches does make it good value.

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