Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
Hotel Café Royal’s award-winning afternoon tea is served in a unique setting, the Oscar Wilde Lounge. Dating back to 1865, this stunning room has been restored exquisitely to its original Louis XVI detailing. The Queen of Afternoon Teas menu is a celebration of the inception of afternoon tea and the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria. Service is accompanied by a live pianist and your choice of over 25 exclusive tea blends and infusions.

Dress code: Smart/casual

Notes: The returning time for each table is two hours. For group bookings kindly contact the hotel directly.
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KatieE
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The beat afternoon tea experience I have ever had. Amazing service, beautiful room and tasty food.

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NursePompei
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow.we had a brilliant afternoon tea at the oscar wilde lounge,Hotel Cafe Royal.the place is opulent,romantic and felt we are treated as royals and important.the service,tea,cake and sandwiches and presentation are spot on.my wife,and my 2 american friends were really please happy and overwhelmed.we all love it

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aloha88
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a beautiful experience and we would certainly come back. The only note is that we were disappointed by the non-dairy sandwich selection as this was simply the original filling choice + margerine on one type of bread... Didn't taste very good at all! Apart from the lack of innovation in alternative menus, it was perfect.

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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience, very peaceful and quiet, but with a gentleman playing a piano during afternoon tea. The cakes were so delicious and perfect, we ended up taking our cakes home but were provided with a wonderful cake box . Just a perfect afternoon

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SusanE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food and the whole experience, from the waiter welcoming me by name when he brought our tea menus, to the gold and mirrored decor and the excellent pianist. The sandwiches were very tasty and I loved the charcoal bread used for one. The scones were warm and the cakes were most definitly the best ive had at an afternoon tea. Also the gluten free afternoon tea was delicious. We could have had more but we went away very full as it was and with a carry out! I thought it very well priced and we plan to return for my birthday.

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AnnaW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our tea, the staff were friendly and helpful, the sandwiches were good but the cream for the scones was too hard to spread and the cakes more sweet than flavoursome.

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PatriciaG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous place to sit, relax and enjoy the lovely pianist playing, the impeccable service and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading reviews about multiple afternoon tea spots, I decided to go with this one. They were very accommodating when we first had to make a change to the reservation and then arrived an hour early since we were running out and ab

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CMTboys
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb time, excellent service & glorious food all set in a stunning room.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely lovely place to have afternoon tea. We went to celebrate my mother's 70th Birthday and we couldn't have picked a more perfect venue. The staff were all amazing, the Oscar Wilde lounge itself was beautiful, the ambience was perfect with a piano player discreetly paying in the background and the food and tea were really good and beyond expectations. I would highly recommend this as a place to have afternoon tea if you're looking for a special experience.

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TanyaS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service set in an exquisite setting. From start to finish the attention to detail was excellent. Delicious food, verve cliquot champagne and delicious choice of teas beautifully served and presented just like the food. Exceeded our expectations in every way- we even were offered top ups on more food which we didn’t expect as there was sufficient amounts - we took a doggy bag away with us. A pianist played beautifully in the background. I think on reflection the service was part of the highlight, they made us feel so special and welcome and were very attentive but in no way intrusive. The only downside was that one group of visitors did not observe the dress code One of whom day in a woolly hat fiddling with their phone and I felt that was disrespectful to the venue and other guests that made the effort.
I would highly recommend the experience- much better than most afternoon tea experiences in London.

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IanR
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Afternoon Tea, thank you. If anything the piano music, although excellent, was slightly too loud. But overall, wonderful.

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MartinW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing afternoon spent with family for my wife's 50th

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AnneBee
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We very much enjoyed afternoon tea at the Oscar Wilde Bar. The food was lovely and the range of different kinds of teas very vast; we were quite happy with four different kinds of black and herbal teas, kindly recommended to us by the friendly and helpful staff. The only tiny hiccup was that the tea got cold rather quickly in the beautiful china pots.

An absolute highlight of our afternoon tea experience at the Oscar Wilde Bar was the sublime music performed by Guiseppe, an exceptional pianist.
His repertoire covers practically everything, from classical music to contemporary hits, from film music to Neapolitan folk songs.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Paying more for the location than than the food . The toilets weren’t particularly great either. Used towels on the floor and when using the end basin in the main bathroom off of the front lobby the door hits you when someone walks in .

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JoanneB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely afternoon spent having tea to celebrate a 60th birthday. Staff very friendly and professional. Surrounded by luxury and history. Worth a visit.

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AuroraR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music, service, food and tea. Beautiful surroundings. Amazing experience.

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KirstenD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A beautiful venue for a one off high tea experience.

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sputs
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were served so well and kindly by Sani our waitress.

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SoniaL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Very disappointing sandwiches was very poor the only thing we enjoyed was the scones and tea waste of money

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vipfamebcat
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The room is a beautiful hall of mirrors, the service staff gives you a bit of Queen Victoria's favorites, and because it's a smaller area than many hotel teas, you feel calm, appreciated and pampered. And while it was not the very best scone I've ever had (but quite good), the food was delightful and presented beautifully. They offer a lovely (but not overwhelming) choice of teas, too.

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Deborah
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue with lovely waiting staff. The food was delicious and the chocolates and candle for all the birthday guys and gals was so sweet. It was much better than I expected and we will go again for another celebration.

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LesleyM
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

The final price was almost double the advertised price. We were charged for water! Unheard of at any other afternoon tea venues that I’ve attended .....and I’ve been to many .....’top up’ of champagne was offered and accepted but there was no indication that there was a charge for this. Usually extras are offered at no further price. VAT was added on top of the bill ....again VERY unusual. Service charge was added. I’ve not experienced that at hotels before. Altogether we were quite shocked and will not be recommending or returning.

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sandrad
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Afternoon tea was very good only complaint was the piano was quite loud.

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RoslJ
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Too expensive ! The sandwiches are of mediocre quality. You would expect something amazing to match the surroundings.
The food unfortunately did not live up to my expectation .
The presentation of savoury part was so bland . The sandwiches were as if bought from a supermarket .

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YYCGal
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, impeccable service and delicious food. I especially enjoyed the live piano music and that the tea, food etc were bottomless. Mind you one serving was plenty and I have no idea how anyone managed to tuck in to extra.

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KarinaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food. It made my trip to London even more special. Great value!

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MrsFlitton
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Afternoon tea was really special and so much food! Loved it!

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PeterC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Salubrious venue, superb service from all staff and fantastic food 10/10

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Steven2910
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated mum and guests to afternoon tea before Cirque du Soleil. It was a beautiful experience and well worth the treat!

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Bella
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their seasonal menus! & The valentine's day one was so well designed and yet delicious, it really made me feel special about the day!

The service team was full of energy and courtesy. The pianist played songs that all tailored to the theme of valentine's day, I loved it!!

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HarrietS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea at Oscar Wilde’s was the best part of my week in London . Every thing was perfect ! It was a true treat and a happy time I will always treasure . The staff especially our precious server Holly were better than wonderful !

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service in an atmospheric location reminiscent of a bygone age of dining

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Aberdeen2
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely first class way to spend Valentine’s Day with my Husband. It was our First time in the Oscar Wilde lounge and the staff went out of their way to make you feel special. Menu choice was fantastic and the Valentine cakes which accompanied the Afternoon tea were exquisite. The pianist playing in the background was also a nice touch to a great romantic Valentines Afternoon tea.

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ChristineN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day celebration.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and were surprised when a cable was brought to our table and the pianist played 'Happy Birthday'. Very thoughful. We will be having afternoon tea again in the not too distant future.

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LyndalW
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed afternoon tea. I arrived early but they took me right away. It was a very nice experience.

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ToddUnctious
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea at cafe royale is a wonderful experience which I would highly recommend.

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GeorgeK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of teas and food (the cakes were exceptional) in a classy setting. Best place I’ve visited for afternoon tea. My only comment has to do with the sitting arrangements (!). Found the chairs uncomfortably low - maybe something to consider at the next refurbishment.

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vipGailS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect.
I know they were being true to an era, but the seats are too low to the ground.

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