Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel

4.5
28 reviews
£41 and over
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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 Houghting, as featured on Bake Off The Professionals. We cater for a range of dietary requirements.

Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea £75 per person
Guests can enjoy a 90 min Bottomless Champagne Experience with Royal Afternoon Tea at the Rubens Hotel for £75 per person.

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.

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Experiences

  • Golden Tips Afternoon Tea Experience

    £500.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy our freshly baked scones, pastries and finger sandwiches alongside Ceylon Golden Tips, in partnership with specialist tea merchants PMD Tea. With white-glove service, this delicate tea is weighed with precision at The Rubens using golden scales; each tip is placed into the silver teapot individually with golden tweezers. The tea, which is showcased in a mahogany box lined with velvet, is infused with still mineral water to produce an extraordinary liquor and a smooth, light and mellow texture, with hints of fruity notes. A deposit will be required to fully secure this booking - a member of the team from The Rubens will be in touch to organise this with you. Please make the team aware of any allergies / dietary requirements
  • Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea

    £75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy an exceptional Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea in our Palace Lounge, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Maximum seating time: 1.5 hours It is advisable to reserve a table. Dress Code: Smart, no shorts, no trainers
  • Royal Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea

    £59.50 per person

    Nov 15, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022

    Celebrate the festive season with a Royal Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea Situated in the heart of Victoria, opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, join the team at The Rubens at the Palace hotel for a festive-twist of the delicious Afternoon Tea. Guest can saviour seasonal finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and exquisite cakes and pastries to reflect the festive theme. The tea will be served with unlimited mulled wine. Children's Tea's are also available £19 per child under the age of 12 To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to reserve a table.
  • Christmas Day Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea

    £79.50 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Celebrate Christmas Day with a Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea Situated in the heart of Victoria, opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, join the team at The Rubens at the Palace hotel for a festive-twist of the delicious Afternoon Tea. Guest can saviour seasonal finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and exquisite cakes and pastries to reflect the festive theme. The tea will be served with unlimited mulled wine. Full pre-payment will be required to secure this booking - a member of the team will be in touch to organise this with you
  • Halal Royal Afternoon Tea

    £45.00 per person

    Sep 24, 2021 - Sep 24, 2022

    The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by their talented pastry chef Sarah Houghting (a contestant recently on Bake Off The Professionals) who has crafted a Halal Royal Afternoon Tea inspired by Royal events and dining trends throughout the centuries. Why not enhance your experience: The Halal Afternoon Tea has been expertly paired with So Jennie to offer guests a Sparkling Afternoon Tea experience. This sparkling Rosé is a refreshing and delicious non-alcoholic drink made from premium quality concentrated grape.

Offers

  • London Restaurant Festival - 25% off afternoon tea

    £36.00 per person

    Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    The Palace Lounge, adjoining the bar, is a magnificent bright open space with panoramic views of The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's stables. Our delicious Afternoon Tea features mouth-watering pastries that were heavily influenced by the House of Windsor, and especially inspired by Her Majesty the Queen. In celebration of London Restaurant Festival The Rubens at the Palace Hotel is offering guests 25% off afternoon tea Monday to Friday during October. Teas included are Royal Afternoon Tea, Vegetarian Afternoon Tea, Vegan Afternoon Tea, Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea and Halal Afternoon Tea. This offer excludes the Bottomless Afternoon Tea experience.
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Mon - Fri 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 28 People Are Saying
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vipbusinesswoman
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I was very disappointed with this tea: the price is truly extortionate for what you get. Everything is very mass produced and the "pastries" were largely inedible. Service was slow and had to flag someone down for more hot water. We weren't told until after we sat down that there was a time limit to the table.

Touristy, expensive and not tasty. Do not go.

BM
BexM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The setting of the afternoon tea is beautiful although we were put on this make shift table where it kept bashing into our knees because it was so low. I’m unsure why they put us here as it was pretty quiet. We opted for the gluten free afternoon tea which was okay, but appreciate it can be tricky. The sandwiches were great, the scones were good too however, the selection of cakes and pastries were not so great. The textures and overpowering flavours let them down. We also had 25% off from an opentable offer but the server was unaware of this. Eventually they came back with the correct bill. Overall, this experience wasn’t bad but there are better options out there.

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KateC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, very friendly attentive staff. Incredible selection of delicious sandwiches and cakes.

JW
JonathanW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great setting for afternoon tea. Recommended, would go again. Pastries are very sweet!

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vipIves
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Poor service. Food was ok but nothing spectacular. Ambience was beautiful.

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lb2014
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful afternoon tea. The surroundings were comfortable and plush, the food was delicious with very flavoursome and inventive cakes and the service was fantastic. Our hostess was so friendly and thoughtful and she made us feel so comfortable and welcome, including our 8 month old baby and 3 year old daughter. We all had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the tea.

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DerekT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Palace Lounge is exactly what you’d hope for, when considering afternoon tea. Comfortable and elegant. Very warm and professional service. The actual afternoon tea itself has very few peers. The highest compliment I can pay is that the only time I’ve enjoyed afternoon tea more was at the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon (Hong Kong). The Rubens was certainly very close. EXCELLENT thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - had a wonderful time!!

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Blair
Berkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mum to Rubens at the Palace for the Royal Afternoon Tea on her birthday and it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon. The service and food was amazing, would definitely recommend this afternoon tea, prices are reasonable for what you get and the view of Buckingham Palace is pretty special!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on a recommendation from a friend and we are so glad we did!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely welcome and the team really looked after us. They were articulate in informing us on the menus and what we were to expect. The team even gave my step daughter a birthday cake!!

Thanks so much for a great experience we will definitely be coming back! :)

KM
vipKateM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
JaniceF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipJoanD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSharonH
New York Area
412 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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HeidiC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
MichelleM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience2

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
JulieT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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gintzy
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall4food2service5ambience3

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!

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vipAnjelik1
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Afternoon tea!

JN
JNoor
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipEssem
London
70 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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SuzanneB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
TDPLAB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthday while in London on holiday from US

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

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SusanW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel using the Order Online button. Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel also offers delivery in partnership with Supper London. Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7834 6600.

Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://rubens.skchase.com/vouchers?categories=dining.

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.