Afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal

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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasions
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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. The Queen of Afternoon Teas menu is a celebration of the inception of afternoon tea and the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria. Service is accompanied by a live pianist and your choice of over 25 exclusive tea blends and infusions.

Dress code: Smart/casual
Note: The returning time for each table is 1.5 hours. For group bookings kindly contact the hotel directly.

Special Offers

Mother’s Day Champagne Afternoon Tea with flowers: £75

Regular menu (The Queen of Afternoon Teas) with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut NV. Diners booking this package will receive a small bouquet of tulips. Bookings available up until 72 hours in advance of date requested.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 29 March 2019

Ends: 31 March 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-17:30
Fri 13:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-17:30

Complimentary Glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea £55

Not Available on Saturday & Sunday - Cancellation fee of £25 still applies for no shows or cancellations after the notice period.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 13:00-16:00

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

Lovely ambiance, amazing experience. Definetely a must-do when in London.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings in the Hotel Café Royal. The high-tea room is exceptional. Live piano music, the food is lovely and the service is great.
One downside; you need to be in & out in 2 hours (also when it isn't fully booked). Doggy bag for the leftovers. It felt a little strange to be asked to leave in about 15 minutes. Either inform your customers upfront or leave them to finish their high-tea at their own pace.

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience, in the fabulous gilded Oscar Wilde room, we sat at David Bowie's favourite table and had a ball with delicious sandwiches and cakes, many inspired by Queen Victoria's tastes, champagne and live discreet piano music. They also offered extra portions and were even able to cater for my vegan son. What really made the difference, though, was the service: the two gentlemen who served us not only were knowledgeable about the historical setting and attentive but always had a smile on their face. A real asset to the restaurant.

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MR
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was absolutely fabulous and special, such diverse food and scrumptious cakes in a beautiful setting. The waiters were absolutely polite, helpful and experienced. The downside is 2 hour limit which is not really helpful for deaf people as we cannot communicate with food in our mouth. We were given only 15 min extra time which isn't enough really. Inspite of confirming we would have gluten free food, the first serving wasn't and it was by luck that I double checked. Although no big fuss was made, we also had the wrong menu on the table. It was a lovely gesture of them to bring a plate with two chocolates for my friend's birthday treat. The ladies WC could have been decorated better to match the grandeur of the room. It was appreciated to be able to take away cakes in a stylish and sturdy doggie bag.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tea room is beautiful! The food (sandwiches/desserts) were delicious!! Estelle and Arthur provided exceptional service! Definitely worth going!

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CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tea in the Oscar Wilde Lounge! I couldn't have asked for a more fun experience for an afternoon. The waitstaff attended to our every need, and the tea was outstanding. Champagne and sandwiches were super fun, and the pastries were to die for. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a spacial way to spend their day.

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T
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect. Took my hubby for his 50th birthday. EVERY member of staff was delightful and very welcoming. Ambience was beautiful. Building exquisite and food delicious. What more could you need

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit was amazing . Everything was perfect . Nothing was too much trouble . Food was delicious and the young ladies who served us were so lovely and very polite . We can’t wait to return . Thank you .

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BH
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed it. A wonderful experience.
We were a party of 6 and we had a very plain eater amongst us. They were very accommodating of our request for different sandwiches. We will definitely return and will be recommending this luxurious afternoon tea to everyone.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for Afternoon Tea. While the room was really nice and the service tried, a very disappointing experience. The new afternoon tea menu was very plain. The tea sandwiches were tasteless and the tea was like stale dishwater. The scones were ok but very heavy. The desserts were the best thing about the service and actually were really, really good.

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KW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were very knowledgeable and pleasant. I was by myself and I felt like they were more uncomfortable than I that I was sitting alone. I finally accepted a newspaper but would have been just as happy soaking in the ambience and relishing the experience! Certainly lovely!

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a unique atmosphere, with a wonderful service from Estelle, definitely recommend it!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday with friends. The room is exquisite, the service was friendly and efficient and our waiter Ziko was informed and efficient.
The only improvement I would suggest would be to cover the teapots to keep the tea warm or automatically offer fresh tea as china teapots do not keep the heat well and warm tea is not enjoyable.

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NE
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable afternoon in stunning surroundings. The restaurant is beautiful, the afternoon tea was amazing and we were looked after by Zico and Martins who were friendly, polite, professional, they added to the great experience. There is a great selection of teas (you get to choose 2 pots each), the sandwiches were delicious, the scones cream and jam were excellent and the cakes were a perfect end to a fine afternoon. I would definitely return and would recommend afternoon tea at Hotel Cafe Royal to anyone who wants to treat someone to a very special experience.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice afternoon but far too warm in there, needed to leave in the end as we were too hot and needed air. Would have been nice to enjoy a little longer. Sandwiches at cake were nice but for tea, a sandwich and cake costing over £130.00, you expect exceptional in all areas.

Nice experience but don't expect too much.

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LE
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience just like every time. Excellent.

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B
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A brilliant venue for a special occasion, friendly helpful staff who made you feel relaxed and who gave you personal service whose aim was to ensure you enjoyed the experience. If you wanted extra sandwiches or cakes they on offer without having to ask. The pianist made the atmosphere feel intimate and ensured that your conversation did not disturb other customers. If there was a better tea than this I would love to know how it was achieved.

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FS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful and decadent! It was a real treat.

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M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estelle our server was amazing; so nice, attentive and funny. Made for a wonderful experience.

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CA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hello,
It was an amazing expirience , the place is really beautiful and everything was as I expected . A pitty that I do not remember the name of our waiter , It was as an extra class of afternoon tea tradition and the history of the place, my kids enjoyed a lot with his explanations.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit. Wonderful place, perfect to celebrate any occasion. We had the champagne option for that extra special feel and it was made even more special by the birthday slate & chocolates as the pianist played happy birthday, a lovely touch. Food choice was excellent and explained in detail by very attentive and professional staff. Beautiful setting.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An amazing place, quiet with live music.
A great treat for my cousin who was celebrating his birthday.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sandwiches and great ambience for relax. Didn’t expect to be so gorgeous. The service is good. The waiter is really helpful

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NP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect way to celebrate in beautiful surroundings. Caring and attentive staff, wonderful food and environment.
Strongly recommend

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NO
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at the hotel cafe royal. The service was outstanding. It was the best afternoon tea I ever had!
Our waiter was very nice and after he asked from where we are, he learned how to say “thank you, have a nice evening” in German. He asked us to write his name in the review and I’d really like to do this but unfortunately I forgot it.

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tea was very nice with the usual selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries.
It would be nice to serve the scones as a separate course, to feel a little less rushed.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Afternoon tea was very good. Staff very efficient and attentive. I have been to a number of afternoon teas in London and I usually return if they have everything I look for. Relaxation, exceptional service, good variety of food and the added extras like a welcoming greeting at the door and friendly approachable staff. The sandwiches were good. If I was to have one minor criticism it would be that the bread could be more varied. I will return to the hotel. It was very good value for money.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but well worth it. Service was top notch. Food - excellent. My favorite was the chicken salad tea sandwich. The “cakes” were delicious. The place is absolutely beautiful.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service front of house staff (2 lovely ladies) was excellent, they delivered the special request for a birthday and engagement plate scroll as requested. Zeecko our waiter was also very friendly and helpful.

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VF
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Had a amasing experience first time I went but not so good this time

Not enough staff working so once seated we waited 35 minutes to be asked wether we wanted a drink and to be handed a menu .

I also found the staff quote rude this time round they could see we were trying to get there attention but we were ignored.

I was surprised to be honest as this was my 3rd visit and it wasn’t one to remember

Food was amasing as always but when your paying £200 all in for afternoon tea and drinks you expect the experience to be 10/10

I would go back as I do love the settings but I think management need to be more attentive during busy periods and see the situation from the customers point of view

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything you would expect from a 5 star establishment x
Courteous polite informative staff x
Beautiful room x
Fantastic food x
The best patisseries I have ever tasted x
We were offered more sandwiches and tried several different teas x
They had no problem accommodating our dietary requests x
Fabulous x would recommend x

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J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming efficient friendly staff & delicious treats, loved the piano accompaniment. Really enjoyed ourselves.

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D
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here for an afternoon tea experience, celebrating my sister’s birthday. Overall, the experience was excellent. Our server, Zico, was attentive but not hovering too much. The sandwiches were delicious. I found that the desserts were a little too sweet for my taste. However, the scones, clotted cream, and jam were spot on. The ambience is wonderful, absolutely stunning old world decor. This is on the pricey side, especially with the champagne. This was our first and only tea, so it is hard for me to compare. However, as tourists, we highly enjoyed this experience.

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MN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become my go-to spot for high tea when I visit London because the prices are reasonable, the service is outstanding, the offerings are yummy, and, honestly, the location is quite convenient to my everyday activities while in London.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, very attentive service! Great place indeed

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CE
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Setting, service and food were great. The extra thing is the jazz pianist playing during the tea.

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ST
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Most attentive and seemingly happy staff. Nothing was too much for them , particularly Zachariah.
The afternoon tea was most enjoyable in wonderful surroundings although the chairs were rather low and uncomfortable.
Regardless, I would certainly return.

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FD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent afternoon celebration of my husband’s birthday. Lovely staff who were meticulously correct , served delicious Bruce Cliquot champagne & great tea. Lovely visit but ladies downstairs loo needs attention & improved ventilation to improve the overall impression.

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LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Decadent setting, cool ambience, wonderful selection of teas and interesting food ! Lovely treat.

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TR
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! The staff are very accommodating and explained the food in detail and took our dietary requirements into consideration. Will come back again!

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