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Afternoon Tea at Cadogan's by Adam Handling

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Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea at Cadogan Lounge by Adam Handling will offer an experience like no other. Inspired by childhood memories of plentiful, delicious feeding at his grandmother’s house, Adam and his team have created a spectacular Afternoon Tea journey that celebrates nostalgia with a luxurious touch.

The outstanding tea will feature intricate and memorable offerings freshly prepared each day, served with a selection of the finest luxury teas and Champagne.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 56 People Are Saying
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vipAlly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea was delicious and fun. The scones were really yummy, and the service was great.

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pilcj
London
10 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a lovely afternoon tea at The Cadogan . Our waiter Dominico couldn`t have been more attentive. We went home with a lovely box of left overs which my boys polished off. We will definitely do it again .

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vipEleanorH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a fabulous afternoon. We had the free flow Lallier this time and it did not disappoint. The service was outstanding and the afternoon tea delicious! The carrot cake was my favourite this time after the divine amuse bouche cheese donut!

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EllieP
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were brilliantly looked after, the food was creative and delicious and the team were just lovely. Thank you for a gorgeous afternoon - and I cannot believe there were that many perfect vegan options, so appreciated!

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vipLilTomasko
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staffs, bright but classy ambience. The savouries and cheese donuts are extraordinary! Great value!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
22 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Everything was so tasty...my only negative was getting vegan sandwiches rather than vegetarian...but honestly it was all so delicious it didn't really matter. Amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An exceptional afternoon tea, great service and quality of food. From the signature cheese doughnuts, savoury pastries - vegetable samosas, beef and mustard brioche buns amongst others, scones, cakes - Black Forest gateau, raspberry and verbena choux the list is endless. This is a place to go for a fulfilling afternoon tea. The tea lounge was not available this time so different atmosphere in the bar, but still just as good as the first time I was there in Jan, wanted to return to a place where I knew, the high standard would be maintained.

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SL18
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Savoury was excellent and dessets very good as well. The cucumber sandwich, the beef one and the duck wrap were amazing. The special attention for our lovely with a dessert shaped as a candle was a lovely touch and tasty as well. Thank you

Afternoon Tea at Cadogan's by Adam Handling
Responded on 21 August 2020

Thank you for your feedback, we are very proud of our afternoon tea and are very glad you enjoyed the celebration! On behalf of everyone here at Adam Handling Chelsea and the Cadogan Hotel we wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you again soon. Nick

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HelenW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Unfortunately the food was not nice with dry pork pies, stale tasting bread and strange flavour combinations. I didn’t eat half the food and felt that for £55 each even if the food was nice it was pricey (no drinks included).
We weren’t even offered refills of sandwiches or scones which I thought was pretty standard for afternoon teas.
Very disappointing, especially after seeing that it has won awards.
I would not recommend it unfortunately.

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vipEleanorH
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food3service1ambience2

Always a favourite I was really let down this visit by the service we received from our waiter. I informed him of food allergies on arrival and they were ignored; we had to ask for fresh plates to have our sweets, and then when we had to figure out ourselves what the sweets were he came over and told us that was 'not the process and that he is the one who would tell us what we were eating'- too late! Apart from the service the afternoon was splendid, if not a little eerie as we were the only ones there in a room that is usually buzzing- can't blame anyone but COVID-19 for that though!!

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TraceyG
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were lovely as was the food. The little savoury treats were delicious and unusual . The sandwich fillings were very tasty. Probably the best scones i have ever eaten. The staff were friendly and attentive but not overly so. The tea blends were delicious and 'top ups' were available. The ambience was relaxed and unlike other hotels we did not feel at all rushed. Would recommend and will definitely visit again when in London.

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ATeaM
Austin
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We had the vegetarian tea. There was so little filling in the sandwiches that I could actually see the bread where filling should have been. They highlighted all of the different breads they offer, but we had 3 or 4 sandwiches with the same bread, which was a let down for me as I'm not the biggest fan of cardamom. It's the first time I've left an afternoon tea more full because of the tea as opposed to the sandwiches and pastries. The pastries were also a let down because they're brought with the sandwiches, which means the mousse was melted by the time we went to have the pastries. Not to mention, we had to cut every pastry in half because we were given one. That being said, the sandwiches and pastries weren't the worst that I've had. I wouldn't suggest it to someone who likes going afternoon teas for the food as opposed to a photo op. For this, I would suggest the Langham Hotel.

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ClaireS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious afternoon tea. Most incredible cheese truffle balls ever.

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Cinnamon
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much, we loved everything!
Will definitely come again.

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Bellboy
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent savoury delights, scones and patisserie.
A delightful afternoon. Very pleasant staff..

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JackiE
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff couldn’t be more helpful, polite or friendly - they were fantastic! And the surroundings were beautiful. If we’re honest we were slightly disappointed with the food. It was very nice, but not amazing which is what we were expecting.... the sandwiches were a bit ‘crusty’ as if they’d been left out. The scones were lovely and the cakes nice. Just not ‘wow’ which for the price, should have been.

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Lozzafood
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience- exceptional tea.

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Gladiotelli
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to 13 afternoon teas in London as it is one of my favourite ways to celebrate and this is in my top 3. The service was excellent, the staff were very friendly and welcoming and the food was stunning. The flavours were spot on and I absolutely loved the savouries inbetween the sandwiches and the scones as it gave the afternoon tea much more balance between sweet and savoury. The location was wonderful and I would spend all day there if I could. Highly recommend it!

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent setting. Food and service was just perfect. Staff were attentive and one even ran done the street after us as I accidentally left a bag by the table!

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RuthJ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous afternoon tea. Service was excellent especially from manager Leonard.
Food delicious especially the cakes and pastries.

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LynneS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Tea was underwhelming, disapointing, compared to Claridges and The Dorchester. Sandwiches seemed dry, not freshly made. Server was tentative; she struggled to fit serving plates on base. Sweet cakes were mixed, some outstanding, some dry, some ordinary. Scones not served promptly, we had to ask when they were coming. Given that our group had dined at The Frog the night before, the tea service was not even close to that standard.

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Lindak
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Arrived to a warm welcome, beautiful room.
Menu given to us & each section explained. When the food arrived the dishes were described with great detail, looked amazing, really loved the tree display unit for the afternoon tea, & the tea cosy on the pots, great personal touch.
The only feedback I would give is we had 3 different members of the hotel team looking after us, & on a couple of occasions there were long paused where they overlapped. The only other comment, we asked to have a glass of champagne with the afternoon tea, expecting to be given the Adam Handling Sussex Champagne, however when the bill came we realised we had been given the Tattinger.

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RR1980
London
22 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious afternoon tea and nice service. Would recommend.

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COOLIO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked an afternoon tea table for 3, with each person having a vegan, vegetarian and meat diet respectively. The atmosphere and décor was both comfy and classy. We had great overall service, despite a hiccup with the kitchen that delayed our service somewhat. The management took care of the matter very promptly and professionally. The food itself was delicious for all 3 different pallettes, and the Adam Handling Champagne was excellent. It was a birthday celebration and the thoughtful restaurant team had organized both a birthday card and a little sweet treat. I wish to thank all the team there for their sterling efforts. I will visit again shortly to see whether there is continuity here, but for the moment would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was lovely.
But we had 1 pregnant guest and one vegetarian with additional food intolerances. The waiter confused the bejesus out of us in explaining what everything was. Had no idea who could eat what.
We did eat enough, but I think the vegetarian was a bit nervous. (We asked 3 times and the explanations were confusing and inconsistent)
And we tried the house champagne, not for our pallet.
But the staff are lovely and the decore is delightful.

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Mark98001032
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic better than the Ritz, staff were amazing and very attentive.

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KeillyM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An afternoon tea like no other! We had a truly wonderful experience and the food was incredible. We brought my parents for their anniversary and they were blown away by the hospitality here. A place everyone should try. Thank you!!

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Caipy
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Afternoon Tea at Cadogan‘s by Adam Handling was a real treat.
Upon arrival I was greeted by a member of staff who guided me to the table.
At this festive season the Afternoon Tea had some special cakes reflecting Christmas. I was surprised about the choice of tea and the selection of savory food. It all looked amazing and tasted delicious.
The icing of the cake is the tea cosy made by Adam‘s Mum. To continental Europeans it might look outdated but for me it was a perfect sign of English hospitality and tradition. They match nicely to the colourful tea cups.
This will be one thing to remember. Thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Era la vigilia di Natale ed è stato tutto perfetto, siamo stati accolti da Enrico che ci ha presentato con accuratezza ogni pietanza. Da consigliare a chi vuole provare un’esperienza innovativa ma dalla tradizione britannica.

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ladyvic
London
15 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A last minute Saturday Christmas afternoon tea with guests from abroad . Could not believe we actually got a reservation! The restaurant area is small and intimate and beautifully decorated. Service was excellent throughout,
faultless. Afternoon tea was l Ely a great selection of savoured, cakes and warm scones ..... not 5 star ..? The sandwiches just didn’t have the edge of Claridges.
Would certainly return - love the Belmonde brand !

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MarkusB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Although the quality of Food is excellent and in a great variety the main impression is a noisy room (especially with a group of younger guests standing at the Bar) with music that did not match the special atmosphere of Advent. The service could have been more attentive. 50 minutes between arrival of guests and arrival of sandwiches and savouries is too long. We missed the special Edwardian tranquillity of the former Cadogan.

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HamishK
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great birthday treat! Delicious food and lovely Champagne selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Unfortunately the food and ambiance was mediocre and at £50+ per person ridiculously overpriced for miserable cakes, half stale sandwiches and scones that would be better from Sainsbury. Service was polite but spectacularly slow. I’ve met faster snails.

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Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Manager exceptionally accommodating and super professional. I was with a challenging guest but he managed to deal with her in the most professional manner. Working myself in service industry I was impressed with him. Tall, blond hair with an accent.
Little less impressed with servers who could have been more attentive. Overall I will definitely return mostly on the faith on management. Food and value for money you can get better in London. Good but nothing to rave about definitely did not match quality of service and overall experience.

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DianaC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy and homely proper traditional afternoon tea. We were not rushed, the service was charming; lovely touches with Adam Handling’s Mum’s knitted tea cosy! You were made to feel as if you were in a front parlour but in a modern room
With a lovely ambience. A very special afternoon. Oh and the actual tea was ample and delicious
Thank you

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LynC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had arrived late do to very heavy traffic but they looked after u s very well . Afternoon tea was lovely , if u wanted more of anything it was available but my friend and I didn't need anymore (shame).

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836381929
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Overall, quite a luxurious experience. The food was excellent and the tea itself top notch. The staff did not communicate well to us unfortunately. We asked for the house champagne but were poured glasses of a much more expensive rose (which I do not care for); we were also asked if we wanted "two full teas" or just one---because the quantity of food could be quite large and we decided for one. However, we were charged for two which was not at all clear from the interaction. Despite the low quality of the service, the food and setting made this a positive experience.

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vipwicklowgirl
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The venue is much beloved by me so having difficulty adjusting to the new decor with moved staircase and all. Nothing exceptional about the food. Good but not top tier, £90 per person for afternoon tea and one glass of champagne didn’t strike me as great value wise but would be happy to pay for it if food was top level. Also tea was like warm so didn’t brew properly. Shame as staff were lovely

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NadiaA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Although it was good in general but it was really very slow service

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SummerS
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a new afternoon tea establishment, but it is award winning, so we tried it. It was fancy and quaint t, but oh my goodness, it was DELICIOUS! A must do splurge!

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Afternoon Tea at Cadogan's by Adam Handling is rated 4.5 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

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