Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough

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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
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Whether for a special celebration, or simply the pleasure of a very English ritual performed with unparalleled attention to detail, afternoon tea at The Lanesborough is an occasion to be treasured.

Multiple winner of the UK Tea Council’s Award of Excellence, and served daily in the majestic, naturally-lit surroundings of the hotel’s Venetian michelin-starred dining room, Céleste, afternoon tea presents freshly-baked scones, thick, velvety clotted cream and home-made fruit preserves, served with all the beloved trimmings.

As the piano plays in the background, the hotel’s tea sommelier will be delighted to guide guests with their selection and introduce the expertly selected range of teas.
Gluten free, wheat free and dairy free alternatives are available and require 24 hours’ notice. Diabetic and vegan option can be offered with a 48 hour notice

Special Offers

Sweet Summer Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough from £49 per person

...from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 4 July 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:30-16:30
Mon-Thu 14:30-16:30
Fri-Sat 12:30-16:30

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Stunning ambience with beautiful decor and live piano playing. The service was lovely. Definitely a treat.

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a
London
24 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous

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M
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous environment. Magnificent sweets. The coronation chicken sandwich - ❤️! Fabulous tea and wonderful service. Elegant and lovely.

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MM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting. Excellent service. Celeste is a jewel—remembering us from a previous visit and making certain our Birthday event received special care-including my request for Cole Porter tunes being played by the accomplished pianist that afternoon.

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Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Afternoon tea was beyond amazing; the Coronation Chicken was out of this world! Not to mention the scones were flavorful and moist; topped them with the strawberry preserves and clotted cream and I was in heaven. Will highly recommend this as the top spot for Afternoon tea to friends visiting London! Truly luxury at its finest.

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London
29 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

This restaurant is totally messed up.

I booked a table for afternoon tea initially through open table but my ideal time wasn’t on there then (we wanted to have afternoon tea for lunch ideally) so I asked them about their availability of the earlier time than my booking time -14:30, which was the earliest available time of the day online, by email directly with the details of my online booking and our preference of the time politely.

Allegedly their afternoon tea time normally starts at 14:30 weekdays, 12:30 weekends.
We wanted to have it on bank holiday Monday, but they told me that it’s still Monday and one of weekdays according to their rules(?) surprisingly, so the earliest available time is 14:30 like other regular Monday.
I told them that because of our flight time, we will have to leave for Heathrow at around 15:00, so we can’t make 14:30, so I asked about Sunday (before the day) and they quickly found a table for us at 13:15, which was perfect time for lunch and I was really glad and appreciated it.

But I found my original booking made through open table was still there as it was, not modified the details or cancelled, so I asked them to edit it or I’d cancel it myself.
They kindly modified it, but wrong number of people (which was quite important for us as we were 5 in total and booking details said 4people. 4 and 5 is a big difference, not like 3 and 4, I think), so I wanted to make sure if my booking went through right, and next response astonishingly answered totally wrong date and number of people, which I had no idea about.
Additionally surprisingly, after I pointed it out, they sent me, all of sudden, the confirmation with wrong time -14:30(!).

I just asked them how to deal with my original booking that still existed on open table, which I believe they should have amended even before I asked.

I had no idea why I spent some time emailing them for nothing. To book just afternoon tea!
So this experience discouraged me to visit them again.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff made the afternoon really great, it was my partners birthday and Helena specifically made sure it was special

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R
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I was very much looking forward to an afternoon of tasty decadence to celebrate my 40th, especially after a pleasant call to reconfirm the table and the fact that it was a birthday celebration the day before. We were sorely disappointed.
A few good points: a beautiful dining room and good seats for people-watching. The scones and pastries were delicious and perfectly executed and the Lanesborough Afternoon Tea blend proved a refreshing accompaniment to them. Service on arrival was faultless and we felt like royalty at first, but that was short-lived.
Plates of sandwiches with beautiful edible floral decorations bypassed us and we were just served rather bland sandwiches with no themed decoration. There was no sign of the promised tea sommelier and it all felt rather perfunctory. I felt we didn't see the same waiter/waitress twice, our empty champagne glasses were whisked away without the offer of a refill (we'd have happily accepted) and we had to intercept a passing waiter to request a fresh pot of tea. It was brought without clean cups (first pot was the Lanesborough Afternoon Tea, we opted for the insipid Earl Grey the second time), a rather basic omission. It sounds pretentious but given the quality implied and cost of the whole meaI, I was disappointed they used teabags instead of loose leaf tea. Once the pastries had been served, nobody bothered to check if we’d like more tea, water, anything else. We were sat next to the waiters’ station & kitchen exit so impossible to miss us. And the “special something to mark the occasion of my birthday” promised by the kind chap who called me on Friday never appeared.
Completely underwhelmed by the whole disappointing experience, we eventually flagged down another waiter for the bill. I wish I’d been less British and refused to pay the service charge but I just wanted to leave. I won’t be returning nor recommending this venue to anyone. What a shame.

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DI
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute delight to experience High Tea at the Lanesbrough. It is so very stylish and civilised. Thank you.

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l
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it is not just about the food, but the overall experience. I felt as if I jumped in time and went somewhere in Russia ... St Petersbug, Hermitage, having tea with the royalty

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CP
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing and classy place for afternoon tea! I have been to a handful of afternoon teas in London and the Lanesborough was hands down the best! I highly recommend the Lanesborough for tea!! THe staff was great and so was the food and tea. Very authentic afternoon tea right on Hyde Park Corner! Would absolutely go again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation ceremony

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary

It was lovely and quite we have lovely finger sandwiches, followed by scones and lovely cakes the lanesborough afternoon tea blend was lovely

Would highly recommend this for a special tea

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated like royalty the second we walked through the door of The Lanesborough. The setting, ambience, food and service was impeccable. Will definitely be back.

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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R
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! Such lovely surroundings, gorgeous afternoon tea. Simply the best afternoon tea in London.

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ND
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. Amazing setting. Beautiful room. Attentive staff (on the whole). Quality food. Lovely afternoon.

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

To be honest I wa not expecting such a spectacularly delightful experience - very good tea, plentiful hot water, unlimited sandwiches and cakes , terrific scones, optional champagne . A very nice room and great service - I’ll go again ( however , not cheap, but certainly worth the money ! )

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

It was really amazaing experience for me!!! I love this place!!!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and a beautiful room. We loved our afternoon tea it's was delicious.

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E
London
137 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for afternoon tea.

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love lanesborough, always feel it’s the best in london

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WJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

STANDARDS ARE SLIPPING!

Returned to the Lanesborough for afternoon tea last week and was sorely disappointed... Spent around £200 amongst the three of us on a very minimalistic affair (not in a good way). Limited choices of sandwiches and sweets with average taste. Had much better overall experience at the Savoy, the Corinthia and even the Four Seasons. Certainly expected more from the Lanesborough!

The service was even more concerning. The tea room staff had no situational awareness and constantly interrupted our conversations. They showed little flexibility and no initiative - Having forgotten to take the promotional offer into account, they refused to adjust the final bill. With my guests around, I didn't wish to make a fuss about that but it was highly embarrassing and completely avoidable.

I will be writing to the manager separately and unlikely to return there any time soon.

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B
London
29 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lanesborough continues to offer one of London's best Afternoon Teas, served in the beautiful, airy and spacious surroundings of the Celeste Restaurant with its 18th century decoration, embellished with pale blue Wedgwood motifs, and glass roof.

Especially notable is the friendliness of the welcome and the excellent, unobtrusive service throughout the meal. At around £50 per head, this is on par with other 5 star London establishments but worth the money if you want to spend two hours in luxurious surroundings and be looked after in splendid style.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overpriced!

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the most amazing afternoon tea at the Lanesborough. Everything was impeccable and perfect.

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c
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful room and a classic and refined tea. Very enjoyable.

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LY
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and tea was delicious. Service was excellent!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambience, food and service. One of the best afternoon teas in London.

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VT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff in the restaurant were lovely. A lovely pianist too! We appreciated the whole experience

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GM
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very nice setting for afternoon tea, food good, perhaps over generous with sandwiches. Maybe a little more care when serving tea giving time to develop flavour.

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HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful afternoon, atmosphere was perfect. The service was incredible and food was lovely. Deffo recommend for sure.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, the choir singing on the day was an added bonus. Had a great catch up with friends whilst feeling spoilt with an array of beautiful sandwiches , delicate cakes and freshly baked scones. Gorgeous surroundings and excellent service.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were super friendly and food came out quickly!!

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for afternoon tea and very beautiful

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfection. We all loved it. Group of 7 of us including one child. The good was heavenly as was the ambience. Will definitely return. Many thanks.

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KM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings. The sandwiches could have been a tad more exciting - really pretty basic and not what I'd have expected from this venue, there is so much more you can do with small savories and sandwhiches! The desserts were of course amazing, if you hace a sweet tooth. The sconnes were small and not really warm to the touch. Otherwise a lovely experience.

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DI
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of the most classy and sophisticated venues for very classy afternoon teas ... it’s style and culture rolled into one. Such a pleasure to be at this place. Thank you.

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MM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friend for afternoon tea here for her birthday and we had a fantastic afternoon. It was excellent as always! Great food, outstanding service and lovely atmosphere.

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F
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Sandwiches where not very appetising. Some beers where dry. Pannacotta was jelly like.

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