Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge

4.7
1588 reviews
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea

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Hotel Café Royal has partnered with ‘Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience’, a 360º digital art exhibition in London that invites you to step into the awe-inspiring universe of Van Gogh. Our bespoke afternoon tea menu has been designed by our award winning Head Pastry chef Michael Kwan to take you on a magical tasting journey through Van Gogh's most famous art works. From the savoury options to the sweet delicacies, as well as the unique selection of cocktails and tea, every element of the afternoon tea takes inspiration from him.

Served in the stunning Oscar Wilde Lounge, formally known as The Grill (Est.1865) which welcomed famed patrons from royalty, celebrity and the creative, including distinguished writers and artists such as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Andy Warhol.

£65 per person or £75 with Champagne.

Please note we have gluten free, vegan and halal options available.
Dress code: Smart/casual
The returning time for each table is two hours. Maximum group size is 6 people.

Support Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge during COVID-19

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
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
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NicolaS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A perfect setting to indulge in dainty finger sandwiches, mouth watering scones and delicious pastries- imaginative and fun as the hotel takes it cue from ‘ Van Gogh ‘ as its central theme

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive and humorous waiters! A lovely afternoon tea in a gorgeous room! Loved the artistic concept of the experience.

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MargaretL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely afternoon tea experience here for our friends 60th Birthday. Attention to detail is amazing. Definitely different to the average aft tea. If you’re looking for something special this is it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Was ok. Expected more for what you pay. Not great selection of food.

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Twizzle
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a special place to take a friend for a milestone birthday treat. Lots of thought given to the presentation of the food. The savouries were delicious. The large starry night cheesecake filled us up though so unfortunately couldn’t finish the rest. So posh doggy bags for us and several other customers. Overall a very memorable experience.

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Harri
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I took my mum to the Van Gogh afternoon tea and we had such a lovely time. Our host, whose name I didn't get before we left, was really friendly and entertaining and knew a lot about Van Gogh and the food/drinks. Everything was delicious and it was amazing that they managed to get A Starry Night on a cheesecake. Really beautiful and well-thought out. Great music throughout from a very talented pianist as well. Would definitely recommend it.

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sofiem
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely treat! The food here is always amazing and so well thought out! Pillowy soft sandwiches and lovely Van Gogh themed treats

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VanessaD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Firstly we appreciate being accommodated earlier than expected. Pianist was very good. Waitress was friendly, her presentation of the theme was good.
Water was never refilled, champagne bottle ordered was not brought at first we were offered a glass of something else, then there were long lulls between refills. Sandwiches-bread was light and flavoursome but there was very little filling; I asked for more tea and after 20 minutes I had to ask again as it didn’t arrive. Overall not as expected, would be good for staff to be more on the ball. Too much time spent explaining Van Gogh theme.

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Kayla
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. We were considering the Ritz but booked here instead. I am so glad we did. Everything from start to finish with food, drink, and service was superb!

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Peter
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service best I've experienced waitress was very lovely even came with a little surprise chocolate with candle for my wife birthday. Ambiance excellent i can't fault my experience. Highly recommended.

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TetianaT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was awful! Waiters with bad manners and don’t even imagine how to behave with guests((

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EllieM
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pianist and our waiter were just phenomenal, we will definitely return in the future.

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williamw
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressive venue. Was a lovely afternoon tea and fantastic service.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Cafe Royale facade has changed a great deal since I saw it last. The large, striking canopy above the main doors with its name in bold could be spotted quickly and easily from afar; the canopy has been removed. Now, the Cafe is lost on a street where it blends in with all the other shops. I walked past it TWICE, making me even later than I was for my own party. Not a grand entrance from Regent Street at all - entry is via a small tea room on the side of the main original and formal entrance doors. The side entrance/exit was very impressive, which more than made up for the front. The Oscar Wilde Lounge was very ornate and made the event very special.
As the hostess of my party I was running late so my guests presented themselves to the staff explaining the circumstances and they were understanding, patient and accommodating.
Our waiter Nathan was very attentive, knowledgeable and very efficient.
The pianist played some lovely tunes and I was surprised and delighted he played a tune for me to mark a special celebration as staff produced chocolates and a lit candle.
The food was little, well presented, but sadly, was not altogether as delicious as I imagined, however, the champagne was really very nice. The menu is varied so I trust other teas may have been more tasty than the vegetarian option we had. What we couldn't eat was packed in individual boxes to take away with us. A bonus surprised was the Van Gogh Afternoon Tea Program for each of us as a souvenir of our visit.
The lounge wasn't busy; just 4 tables were occupied so it was quiet enough to have and hear our conversation.
Be warned: The prices advertised on the website are not inclusive of VAT and Service Charges. These were added onto our bill at the time of paying. The tea cost us almost £10.00 more each than we thought we were going to pay.
Overall; an enjoyable experience with great staff in exquisite surroundings.

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TracyG
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Afternoon and like we had stepped back in time for a few hours. Service was excellent and she really went the extra mile to make sure our afternoon was perfect.
The Van Gough cakes were a delight and a feast for the eyes and not to mention belly and of you are looking to do something very special...this is it!!!!

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HassnainF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience and exquisite food. The service was lovely, the ambience was perfect. Had a great time!

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Ilia
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmospheric, relaxing, delicious and varied — an excellent experience

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Helense
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Stunning room but lacking atmosphere. Very attentive and professional service but with so many of the themed afternoon teas it was style over substance. Sandwiches were very soggy and the cakes where not that tasty apart from the cheesecake version. Very good scones and amazing selection of teas.

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MsDemimondaine
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing afternoon tea with lots of artistic touches (Van Gogh afternoon tea) . Absolutely everything was delicious- normally when I have afternoon tea there is at least a sandwich and a cake that I don't like, this is one of the best afternoon teas that I have ever had! The service was impeccable and the surroundings beautiful.

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Scott36a
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a spectacular room - will come again!

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GrahamN
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very overpriced and over hyped. Could not hear ourselves speak above the piano player. It's really nouveau cuisine afternoon tea!

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend her for Afternoon Tea for her 40th birthday present and it did not disappoint. She loved it as much as I did when I first went for a special birthday treat. The Van Gogh theme was simply stunning and the food presentation superb. The whole ambience made it a very special day and I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone. We also loved the specially created Sunflower Tea blend which was perfect with the scones and sweet treats.

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Shivloss
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Absolutely love the ambience here - the deco and pianist are exquisite!

The Van Gogh Afternoon Tea was adorable - amazing attention to detail.

On arrival, we were given a vegetarian menu (which I didn't even notice) so were surprised to have someone come over to mention beef (which we don't eat).

We asked for no beef but we still ended up with a tart which had beef in it! There was an offer to replace, granted.

I do prefer simpler foods though - some of it was a little bit too complex in terms of flavours to my liking. I enjoyed the afternoon tea on my first visit to Cafe Royal (no theme), more than this one.

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LaraG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious high tea inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Attention to detail was amazing. Beautiful rooms and considerate service. We spent quite a few hours there and were not rushed out.

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Wrarsddtd
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed the Van Gogh theme afternoon! Great design, service, food

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LindaJ
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a unbelievable experience. A treat for a friend's special birthday and it could not have been any better..service brilliant Kilian especially was a dream and you know he loves he's job. The food fantastic and the room beautiful 😍 would recommend this to anyone if they want something special x

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WarriorPrincess
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sandwiches and scones delicious. The chocolate cakes were very rich , you would have to favour dark chocolate to enjoy the Van Gogh themed chocolate cakes. The cheesecake was a delight. Slightly disappointed the pianist dashed off without playing my request of happy birthday for husband requested on arrival!

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ShaunF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon, everything was perfection. The staff were all so welcoming, friendly and attentive especially our waitress Angelica. Thank you so much for making our afternoon really special.

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JohnL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Piano music was loud if you are placed too near to it. Food was good but waitress a little forgetful. Never the less, a nice experience.

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Sonia
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Killian and Milly were lovely and very attentive. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Everything was explained by milly regarding the differing savoury and sweet treats on display. The teas were brewed to perfection. The only thing that slightly irritated me was that we were seated in front of the piano and conversation was difficult to conduct between the three of us. However when happy birthday was played it was welcomed whole heartedly!!!. I'm definitely coming back with friends as I truly enjoyed the overall experience compared to other venues.

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AliF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional high tea experience - LOVED it!
The Van Gogh experience was both well curated and executed - thank you :)

LM
LucyM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have asked for a better experience, the staff were amazing and couldn’t have done enough for us. Worth every penny and more! A day to remember

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cassiel
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience for my birthday highly recommend

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Livetoeat
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Whilst it isn’t cheap, overall I felt the quality of the service and the food/afternoon tea was worth it. If we wanted more sandwiches/tea etc we could ask, nothing was too much trouble.

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LYNNEP
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon tea in the Oscar Wilde Lounge at the Hotel Cafe Royal. The food was really good with great attention to detail. We were served by Angelica, a really really pleasant young lady who was very informative about the theme of the menu. Really enjoyable day and wonderful service by all. Would definitely recommend.

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Ashley
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had afternoon tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge on Sunday July 25. It was exceptional!

I’ve been to a lot of afternoon teas in London and this is my favourite by a long shot. The room is stunning! Everything is gold and green and red. Also they have a live pianist - which is so lovely.

The food was delicious and if I wasn’t so full I would have asked for more. :) the Earl Grey jelly is insane! The pastry chef is one of the best in the UK and he was so nice to come out and say hello to us.

Also Kilian took care of us and was so lovely. Such great service and nice conversation. Will be back soon!

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CarolynB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Van Gogh afternoon tea was exceptional - a very unique experience of an afternoon tea. The staff were attentive and explained how the artist's works had inspired the creation of each of the amazing drinks and delicious food presented.

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StephenG
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience fo our wedding anniversary
Will do the experience again soon

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MarkM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angelica and Killigar were amazing and so friendly

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Babs
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unbelievable room, great service and not rushed at all.

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Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge is rated 4.7 stars by 1588 OpenTable diners.

Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://hotel-cafe-royal.vouchercart.com/app/.

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.