Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel

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There is no better place to enjoy this traditional English occasion than sitting back in our Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.
The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by our talented pastry chef Sarah, producing the freshest pastries and cakes for our guests to enjoy. With a reputation as one of the best in London, we pay respect to the tradition of Afternoon Tea whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. We also cater for a range of dietary requirements.

Golden Tips Tea Experience £500 per person
With white glove service, this delicate tea is weighed with precision using golden scales; each tip is placed into a silver teapot individually with golden tweezers. Infused with still mineral water it produces an extraordinary liquor and a smooth, light and mellow texture, with hints of fruity notes. To complete this unique experience, you will be offered a glass of Champagne of arrival and enjoy a Royal Afternoon Tea.

Special Offers

Champagne Royal Afternoon Tea: £62pp

...enjoy a royal afternoon tea with a glass of Lanson Black Label Champagne.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 30 July 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

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

Royal Afternoon Tea (£40) with Little Prince and Princess Tea (£19)

...enjoy this offer daily until the end of November.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 30 July 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

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

Golden Tips Tea Experience: £500pp

...enjoy this special experience with white glove service and a glass of Champagne on arrival.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 30 July 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

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

Royal Afternoon Tea and a glass of Prosecco: £45pp

...enjoy this offer throughout August.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 August 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

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

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea: £45

From the set menu. Must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance. Booking with less notice will unfortunately mean your booking cannot be honoured.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 16 October 2018

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

Vegetarian Afternoon Tea: £45

From the set menu. Must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance. Booking with less notice will unfortunately mean your booking cannot be honoured.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 16 October 2018

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

Vegan Afternoon Tea: £45

From the set menu. Must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance. Booking with less notice will unfortunately mean your booking cannot be honoured.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 16 October 2018

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

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KM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Afternoon tea was a delight. Service was good and didn’t rush us. Cakes were really light and delicious. Room is really beautiful, we had a really lovely time and would recommend.

JF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Gluten Free afternoon tea I have e or had....and I have had quite a few. Delicious food, wonderful staff who were friendly and attentive. Plenty of food with more if you wanted it and copious amounts of tea.

JD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Afternoon Tea was absolutely fabulous. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding.

SH
New York Area
348 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go hungry! I treated myself to afternoon tea after a visit to the Queens Gallery and Royal Mews. Thought it might be a bit awkward having afternoon tea alone but not at all thanks to a warm and friendly staff who treated me like I was royalty! The food was amazing —totally, totally a British experience in a lovely room and perfect location.

HC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was treated like royalty! Excellent service from arrival to leaving. Amazing array of food. I had emailed a few days before with my food allergies, not long after being shown to our table the manager reared off from memory my list of allergies & explained what I couldn't eat. Excellent choice of superior teas & also a choice of champagne. 5*

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Our second time here and somehow the experience has changed. We loved our first visit, expanse of teas, bubbly staff and no rush. Now you get a very small selection of tea and we could only have the table for a set time. The cakes came out and I would expect enough for one of each choice per person as that is what we are ultimately paying for, but we had to ask for extra cake. This wasn't a problem to the staff but we shouldn't have needed to ask. A very lovely afternoon tea but the atmosphere now somehow feels rather stuffy and contrived.

JT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is beautiful with a great view of the Royal Mews. The room is elegant and the service is wonderful. It was a lovely experience for a first time afternoon tea for three teenage American boys. They loved it.

g
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

We had 2 adults’ afternoon and 1 little prince one. I was quite disappointed that we only had one cake each to share rather than individual cakes each, and that the little prince tea didn’t come with its own little stand of cakes and sandwiches. I think this would have been much nicer, and would have felt like a real treat for children.
On the plus side, the service was excellent - the waitress who served us was really friendly and catered to our needs without being too intrusive (there was no hovering around us). Moreover, the scones were particularly delicious, especially the choc chip ones. The Queen’s jammy dodger was also lovely and deliciously crumbly.
We were also able to take some of the leftover cakes home, which I really appreciated.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience but I think a few things could be improved so as to make the experience truly special!

A
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Afternoon tea!

JN
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Palace Lounge for Afternoon Tea. The service provided was second to none! As a group of Muslim diners, we have special dietary requirements, to which the restaurant catered to our every need. They even provided us with a lovely room to pray. This is the second time I have visited the restaurant, and needless to say I would love to visit again in the future. Highly recommend!

E
London
67 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A table in the window, outstanding service, some lovely treats both sweet and savoury, delicious Champagne and a few complimentary add-ons along the way made the afternoon particularly memorable. After the tea we adjourned to the bar for a couple more drinks whilst enjoying the performance of a talented singer. An altogether great experience.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Il rito del the accompagnato da tramezzini (discreti) e dolci

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SB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my goddaughter here for afternoon tea and it was excellent. The princess (kids) afternoon tea was great and the staff were all excellent at making her feel really special. Would recommend to anyone!

TD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthday while in London on holiday from US

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the presentation was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful. However, we felt it was expensive compared to other places in London and other cities in UK. We couldn't see what justified the extra cost. However, however, we will probably go back on a future visit to London.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had booked via open table and left a special request to mention it was my mums birthday. However when arriving they had no record of my booking even though open table had sent me 2 confirmation emails. Thankfully they seated us.
The food was average and the whole experience was spoiled.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made very welcoming. Excellent facilities, outstanding food and service at a very competitive price. Not rushed and staff very attentive. Would highly recommend afternoon tea and hope to come again.