Afternoon Tea at The Capital Hotel

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32 reviews
£26 to £40
British
A quintessentially English hotel, The Capital certainly knows how to serve a proper afternoon tea. This Knightsbridge favourite has received the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence, was Highly Commended at The Afternoon Tea Awards 2017 and is a firm favourite with hotel guests and weary shoppers alike. The menu comprises a choice of teas, infusions or fresh coffee, a delicious selection of delicate sandwiches, pastries especially created by Executive Chef Chris Prow and home-made scones served with clotted cream and The Capital’s own jams and compotes.

Throughout December The Capital will be serving a Christmas Afternoon Tea.

Served in The Capital's sitting room, an intimate space that exudes an aura of sophisticated comfort.
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Hb94
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Had afternoon tea here on Friday and honestly it’s really rubbish. The decor is so outdated and the room they serve the tea in is super small and confined so if you have claustrophobia do not go here. The afternoon tea itself was horrible. We were given three finger sandwiches that wouldn’t even fill up my 2 year old let alone a grown adult. The sweet treats were equally as awful. For £43 this is not worth it at all. The service was okay but like I said you’re in a room in the corner of the hotel and there isn’t any workers nearby. You have to get up and go to reception if you want service.

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IvoV
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Zeer aangename ervaring.
Verfijnde sandwiches. De marmelade bij de scones proefde naar vers fruit.
De bediening was uitmuntend. We voelden ons als prinsen.
Enige minpuntje was dat de plooien niet uit het tafelkleed waren gestreken.

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JayB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and knowledgeable, attentive staff.
The food was lovely however, we felt there wasn't enough in the savory (only one sandwich) but way too much dessert that we certainly couldn't finish. We were expecting (and hoping for) may be one more little savory dish, particularly when we booked for around lunch time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was a very nice place but very pricey and had to wait a lot for the food to come.

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BackpackerGirl
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The tea service came highly recommended by a friend. Unfortunately this service was not good and our table was treated differently than others. Hopefully it was just an off day.

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Parader
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Helpful staff, food good and hotel clean and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit here and would highly recommend. Lovely little find, very relaxing and peaceful, wouldn’t think you were in the centre of London. We had the dining room to ourselves and had wonderful service during our afternoon tea. I had the bottomless Prosecco, and at only a few pounds more than the regular afternoon tea, was excellent value for money. Would definitely return in the future. Keep up the good work 👏🏻🥂☕️

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the only ones there so we had the room all to ourselves. We enjoyed the whole exprience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to take my friend here after we had been to the Dior Exhibition as a belated Christmas present. We both throughly enjoyed our tea. The food and staff were excellent nothing was too much trouble. Would recommend this venue.

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AidanJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Christmas Afternoon Tea was fantastic in the Sitting Room on Christmas Eve. All the elements of tea were thoroughly enjoyed by my whole family with the most memorable bits being the subtly spiced tea drink; the beetroot red bread turkey the mini 'christmas pudding' choux buns filled with the most delightful seasonally flavoured cream...and not to forget the scones themselves. Great service too by all the staff at the hotel, but I must mention Savi who looked after us with attentive and flawless service from the time we arrived to when we left. Thank you

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vipSEEE
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great and the tea, scones, sandwiches and sweets were top notch! I knocked off a star because there was drilling going on in the hotel during our tea and it was a bit noisy and distracting. Other than that it was lovely!

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EmilyDanbour
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

extremely noisy afternoon tea
very unpleasant
food‘s too sweet
noisy!!!

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vip4545
London
44 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It’s not spacious, nicely and cosy, good atmosphere and nice interior with great service.
I’ll definitely go back there soon!

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KTemple
London
15 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I took some American friends there for a taste of the English afternoon tea experience. It really wasn't that impressive. The selection was pretty meagre and when the sandwiches came I realised I've had as good or better in your standard high street coffee shop. They have a nice selection of teas though. I left thinking I should have taken them to any of the many other options in the area.

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sunshine9
London
53 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I invited a business friend to afternoon tea there on a Sunday as we had not been able to meet for lunch during the week. Service was attentive, home-made sandwiches, scones and small pastries and sweets were delicious and not too voluminous, the scones came in half the normal size which was great. They brought another set of sandwiches to us upon request and did not charge us for them, which was nice. The choice of tea and other drinks was great and I really liked the elderflower jelly desert they served with the 2 other pastries, as it was light and refreshing. Had been for lunch before but it was also nice for tea, comfortable and intimate enough to have a private conversation.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We wanted to treat my son to his first traditional English tea

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Prolog
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice location for Afternoon tea; excellent service, nice environment.

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vipcamj
London
124 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2016
Overall2food1service2ambience1

this hotel is under staff hence you are seat with 30 min and nobody bother to serve you. The afternoon tea is very small in portion. Other than the location, and if you do go in simply drink a cup of coffee is fine, otherwise choose a better venue.

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SharonD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2016
Overall1food2service3ambience5

Arrived and was told to wait in the bar where a member of couldn't even be bothered to get off his bar stool so we stood waiting for someone to take us to our table. Waited a while for service. After eating the the sandwiched we were asked if we would some more we then waited 30 mins for more this was a long wait as we wanted to eat our cakes after the sandwiches. We were never offered a fresh pot of tea or in my case a coffee. Not a place to go for afternoon tea if you love afternoon tea please avoid it was our anniversary and it was spoilt by high expectations which weren't there.

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vipAngelinaQS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Royal Afternoon is excellent. Particularly the chocolate cherry scone. Enjoyed tea room's cozy atmosphere and comfort. I will certainly visit with friends again :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience2

It was a lovely afternoon tea. The situation was amazing, near all wonderful shop. The food was tart and in enough quantity. We had a lovely time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

初めてのアフタヌーンティーでした。他のお店と比べることはできませんが、好印象でした。

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vipdindin
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked on the same day for afternoon tea for a group of 5 of us. I was quite late but my friends were on time and enjoying being seated in a fairly small room upstairs, which felt secluded and private, but may have been noisy for the couples with our group all talking and then there was a bigger table.
We had one child with us and she decided to just share with us. This was fine although initially our bill had been charged for 5 covers this was immediately rectified when we pointed this out.
The teas were good. The food was great and there was more than just sandwiches for savouries. We got mini quiches, smoke salmon on mini crumpets, smoked mackerel pate on toast, brown bread with turkey and cranberry and white bread with egg. The savouries were refilled after they asked if we would like more. Although they had no more crumpets (they only do enough for the number of people booked) but gave us smoked salmon in brown bread, which was fine. We had actually started with our ice cream sandwich as it was likely to melt, but I think it would have been ok for a bit. That was alright. Then a few mini cakes and a trifle, which were cute and just right. My favourite was the lemon drizzle cake. Finally we got plain and raisin scones with jam and clotted cream. These were warm and delicious.
We had a few bits and bobs leftover and asked if we could take them away. This was done without fuss and came back to us in three small cardboard boxes and in a cool little Capital Hotel bag. It would have been good to get more bags, but in the end only one of us ended up with all the boxes so it was academic.
For the price, £34 a head (with service) this was not bad at all. The service was a tad slow in places, for example there was a bit of delay before we got the second round of sandwiches and savouries, but we were having such an awesome time and we just began eating cakes when we couldn't wait. All in all we had a brilliant time and enjoyed our afternoon tea at the Capital Hotel.

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FoodAfficionado
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2015
Overall3food2service3ambience4

For £30 per person, it wasn't bad value, but if you only have time for one Afternoon Tea in London, don't go to The Capital. The food looked bought-in, the selection was boring, service started well but disappeared in th middle. The whole establishment isn't what it used to be. Average price, average product.

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fabdan65
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

cozy afternoon in a pleasant atmosphere; attentive, pleasant and charming service; delicious food; not cheap, but very worthwhile

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mikeep
London
37 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The afternoon tea was very tasty in lovely cosy surroundings. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was plenty to eat and we even had to say no to an offer of extra Christmas cake and mince pies as we were so full!

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vipTaraC
London
65 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my goddaughter here for a Christmas treat, and she loved it. The tea is perhaps a little overdone on the sweets and not enough on the savoury, and the room is very small so it gets warm. however, the service is wonderful, and it's a terrific place for a special treat.

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Littlemissfp
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for friends birthday and had afternoon tea, Fantastic setting right next to Harrods so if you want to indulge in some shopping after/before.
Staff were very attentive but not over powering coming to check on you and ensure you have enough food and drinks.
Worth a visit if your looking for something different that won't break the bank.

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Lyndsaroo
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decided to take my mum for (Australian) Mother's Day tea, and wasn't disappointed. Good service, great food and loads of tea.

Shame that the coffee only came by the cup.

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Mark
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, waiters were very polite....food took a while to be served but during our wait our teas were topped up. Hibiscus and currant tea is a must!!

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Rita
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2014
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Having looked at the pictures on the website before I booked The Capital for afternoon tea, I expected the ambient to have a style/charm. The afternoon tea is served in a small breakfast room on the first floor, no charm whatsoever. The food was ok, nothing special but was decent, the service was really good, however, for this value one would expect a nice atmosphere. That was definitely missing. I wouldn't go back.

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vipTaraC
London
65 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Selection of sandwiches/cakes was lovely. We all ate very well and enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Afternoon Tea at The Capital Hotel is rated 4 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.