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Afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal

4.6
705 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
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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
Sarah Barber & 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

Royal Wedding Champagne Afternoon Tea: £145 for Two

Enjoy the award-winning traditional Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal served in the gilded Oscar Wilde Lounge. Diners on the day of the Royal Wedding will receive a glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut NV and a commemorative twin set of exclusive Royal Wedding mugs. Advance bookings only.
Includes tax, excludes service. One glass of Champagne per person.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 19 May 2018

Ends: 19 May 2018

Availability: Sat 11:30-19:30

Complimentary glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea: £45

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: 16 April 2018

Ends: 16 July 2018

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

What 705 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We came here for my Sisters family hen do (which was a surprise for her) and we had great service and a lovely afternoon tea. They catered for my Sister’s gluten allergies and it was also family friendly for my 90 year old Nan. Recommended for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A proper afternoon tea was on my bucket list. This was the ideal location. The ambiance was over the top, which was perfect. The tea and nibbles were delightful. Multiple choices of both. If you’ve always wanted to experience afternoon tea in London, this is the place!

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

A lovely afternoon tea experience; beautiful surrounding, brilliant service and great atmosphere. I would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

The PERFECT High Tea!
A gorgeous room with exceptional teas, sandwiches,DeSeta and scones. Wonderful piano player, attentive and kind waiter. Truly unforgettable.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

We had afternoon tea, with a glass of champagne, and it was superb. How anyone can make a finger sandwich so tasty is a mystery. And such fabulous patisserie, fresh and full of spring flavours. Our waiter, Joseph, was excellent, and the room so atmospheric, just divine. We have nothing to compare it to, though, but we would recommend it, and would return. A beautiful, memorable experience to celebrate a special birthday, from a couple who wish they could do this more often.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

The room was beautiful. The moment you walk in, you can already smell the beautiful scent of Diptyque candles. The afternoon tea was one of the most pleasant experiences I've had in London, and they have quiet a wonderful selection of teas. The staff are very nice and attentive to your needs as well.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Excellent. Fresh delicious sandwiches. House Made clotted cream. Scones almost cake like with a soft texture. Superb service and the pianist is excellent.

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Beautiful, ornate venue with a twist of history! (Apparently Oliver Wilde frequented the place way back when.) Attentive service and lovely food with amazing tea options, which you can switch out a number of times.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

The food was good and so too was the standard of service. However, seating was rather low, compared to actual chairs, which made it awkward to sit and stand up. Together with the small print and the subdued lighting, there was some difficulty reading the menu. Nonetheless, we would return again. The hotel service staff were friendly, welcoming not pretentious at all. I would recommend Cafe Royal.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Have been here twice, the first time was great while the service was not up to standard the second time when the tea room was more crowded. Waiters would urge you to leave and clean the table for next customers even when you have not finished your cakes and tea. The tea room was stunning. Food and teas were tasty.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Amazing afternoon in a stunning venue. The wait staff were very friendly and the live piano player was a great addition.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

We had afternoon tea to celebrate my Wife’s 40th birthday. The service was exceptional, the room is stunning and the food was simply the best afternoon tea we’ve had from tea choices to the sandwiches and the cakes. Nothing was too much trouble from our waitress who was brilliant especially when accommodating and interacting with our 7yr old daughter! I can’t recommend the experience highly enough!

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3.0Dined on 5 April 2018

We have tried many of London's "5 star" afternoon teas, but this one, alas, just does not measure up. Our waiter was distracted, or poorly trained, although the rest of the staff were truly lovely and skilled. The biggest let down was the sandwiches, which were skimpy and uninteresting (e.g. cheese and tomato - for £45??). The fillings were so scarce it was difficult to tell what the sandwiches actually were. After an awkward interaction with the waiter, in which we asked for the sandwiches to be replenished, he came back with a small plate containing 4 little sandwich fingers (there were five of us at the table!). Scones were delicious. Pastries were fine - not remarkable. Table was too cramped, despite the cafe being half empty. The offer of take away boxes at the end was a nice touch. All in all, we felt it was quite poor value and were, unfortunately, disappointed.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Wedding anniversary

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Wonderful Afternoon Tea! Perfect setting!! Brilliant pianist!!! Excellent staff!!!! THANKS

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

wonderful food, amazing teas, incredible ambiance and really great service made this special treat even more special. It is pricey but it is a special treat that you should give yourself if you are thinking of going for high tea.

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Exceptional Service, great live music and unlimited sandwiches and tea pots! A rarity for afternoon tea.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

A wonderful afternoon tea with my daughter. The service was outstanding and the tea and cakes delicious. Great location too and well worth visiting the cafe next door for take home treats.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Just outstanding Afternoon Tea!
Perfect service and fantastic enviroment!

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Great environment and very friendly for families! Great cakes

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

was excellent! will certainly go back for the sandwiches

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

My mum and I had afternoon tea at Cafe Royal on my birthday. It was an amazing experience and although it is very dear it was well worth the money. We were served by Joseph who made recommendations in relation the teas and also gave us the option to change ingredients in the sandwichs that we may be allergic to or simply just don't like. There were quite a few items which I wasn't fond of so I was grateful for this. Joseph was very attentive and made the whole experience even better. I told the waitress who bought us to the table that we were celebrating my birthday. They arranged for the pianist to play me happy birthday and they brought out chocolates with a candle. This added to the amazing experience. We were seated at the far end of the restaurant so we had a wonderful view of the entire restaurant. My mum and I will definitely be returning again, Joseph mentioned that their menu's are seasonal so it would be lovely to try something different whilst enjoying the same ambience.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Excellent choice for a mothers' day afternoon tea (belated). We all loved it, very inventive menu, service and attention to detail was great. Choice of teas and unlimited tries was fantastic. Perfect sized and gorgeous sandwiches. Dipthyque themed cakes with scents were delicious. a very opulent rococo style tearoom with mirrors everywhere and a pianist made the occasion feel very special.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

It's best to go to gloomy weather, where it rains and blows all day long! Instead of a gloomy window view, romantic afternoon tea which is staying golden mirror room with hearing live piano plays haveing a nice tea time make us magic tricks to help us forget the time and space.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Afternoon tea at the Hotel Cafe Royal was wonderful! the setting was beautiful. It was reminiscent of the salons you see in Paris. The service was outstanding, they were very attentive and helpful. The quality of the sandwiches, scones, and desserts were amazing, and the tea selection was extensive. Overall a very lovely place to enjoy afternoon tea of anyone and everyone.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

A memorable afternoon, lovely ambiance, wide selection of exclusive teas and delicacies. The service was tremendous, the staff made it a very enjoyable and pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Really nice setting with cosy interiors and live piano music, professional service, outstanding tea experience and tasty treats!

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

An ideal venue to feel special on a special occasion.
Service is excellent, surroundings spectacular and the piano man really does add a touch of class.
Went for afternoon tea and the food was in keeping with the standards set.

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4.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Lovely afternoon Tea for my daughters birthday. Would recommend and visit again.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Great experience !!!Love Love Love it!!!Tea,food and service was amazing!

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3.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Booked afternoon tea for my mother and grandmother as a Mother's Day gift.
Disappointed to find out staff demanded payment from them on the day - despite having my card details and were able to charge my card in the event of a no-show.
Never had this problem with other hotels and so will not be using Hotel Café Royal again.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Lovely tea, great service, beautiful room.
Made a young teen very happy on her London visit.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Beautiful little bites in an amazing room, very good variety of teas, sandwiches and cakes

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Really lovely experience, great food and great service. The piano player was excellent and his music really added to the ambiance. Great place for a special afternoon tea. The hotel is really beautiful.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

I treated my friend to afternoon tea as a special treat as a "hen celebration". It was a wonderful occasion, the room is gorgeous , the food and the ambience created a special event feeling.
The staff were attentive and tea flowed. Would love to go again.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

So amazing for afternoon tea - great service, food.. and tea

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Afternoon Tea was fantastic, a good selection of sandwiches followed by warm scones and delicate cakes. Everything looked delicious and tasted so also. I would highly recommend this location for Afternoon Tea and value for money.

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1.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Pesimo. Carisimo y los scones y postres feisimos. Nunca mas. Me aenti supee estafada. Fortnum and mason vale mas la pena

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2.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Not quite as elegant or mind blowing as it uses to be. You pay a lot of money for more froth than substance. Portions are very small and no longer a spectacle.

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5.0Dined on 6 March 2018

I booked afternoon tea for my daughter’s 16th birthday and the whole family thought it was fabulous! The service was impeccable, the tea was fresh & tasty, the atmosphere was cosy, intimate & plush. There was no pressure to leave after our 1.5 hour slot. We all preferred it to tea at the Ritz! Highly recommended.

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