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Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal

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330 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Dessert

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Afternoon Tea
Hotel Cafe Royal is currently serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cakes & Bubbles. Reservations are available for all day dining including the Cakes & Bubbles experience (available from 2pm to 6pm).

After his successful pop up at Hotel Café Royal in 2016, famed chef Albert Adrià returns to London. Voted The World’s Best Pastry Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and having built a gastronomic revolution alongside his brother, Ferran, at the legendary Michelin three-star elBulli, Adrià runs Barcelona’s hottest restaurant ‘Tickets’. Cakes & Bubbles marks his first permanent establishment outside of his native Spain.

At home on the ground floor of Hotel Café Royal, Cakes & Bubbles offers a parade of exceptional desserts set to wow diners, including Adrià’s signature ‘cheese cake’ and a finely curated list of Champagnes and sparkling wines.

Please note we only accept online bookings for up to six diners.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 330 People Are Saying
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Jose
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience, go for the sweet menu, the rose is something unrepeatable.

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BruceJ
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb and innovative, quite unlike the normal afternoon tea experience. The courses are all exceptional, light but inventive. An excellent way to spend the afternoon.

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AmandaF
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the cake and bubbles experience which was excellent
We especially loved the passion fruit mousse with the caramel in the golden eggs.
The service was excellent
Only downside was the price of tea and coffee even for a central London hotel that was pricy.

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BeckyL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute treat and highly recommended.
Beautifully presented and each one tasted amazing. All the dishes were light as a feather and the champagne crisp and the perfect accompaniment.
A special mention to the waiting staff. Friendly, knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble.
Currently recommending to everyone I know (just so I have an excuse to go again)

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Anoymous
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Mom for her birthday we had an exceptional afternoon with a delectable 3 course Cake & Bubbles Experience. Having seen Chef Albert Adria creations on Masterchef the Professionals in 2019 it doesn't do it nearly enough justice. I will definitely be back to do this over again

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AMANDAC
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had seen it on master chef so knew about some of the dishes but even so they did not disappoint and were delicious. Aim for 2-6 to have the cakes rather than the hotels main menu.

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Florence1
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebated our daugthers 30th birthday after a day out in. Everything was lovely, presentaion of desserts were beautiful and tasted divine.
Not your normal afternoon tea, more of a tasting experience. W.ell worth a visit
Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and nice setting

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EugenieC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cakes & Bubbles is such a wonderful experience. The staff are excellent, knowledgeable and without fuss. The sweet treats are a wonderful, mind expanding experience filled with so many delicate techniques and knowledge but without being over-empowering or intimidating. Our 10 year old found it slightly challenging but that was because everything isn't as it seems! Our 13 year old found it exciting and thoroughly enjoyed this special treat. One not to be missed!

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Responded 5 days ago

Dear EugenieC Wow what a lovely review! I cant thank you enough for your kind words on the staff being excellent and knowledgeable and you found the Cakes These comments are an absolute delight to read. I will share your review with the team who will be much appreciative . We hope to welcome you back very soon Kind Regards Guillaume Marly Managing Director

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pixiedoux
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious cake! Go for the set menu Sweet Afternoon Tea. Couldn't fault a thing.

Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal
Responded 6 days ago

Dear pixiedoux Thank you for the lovely feedback and five-star rating. We hope to welcome you back very soon Kind Regards Guillaume Marly Managing Director

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Einfach klasse und beste Qualität. Sehr zu empfehlen.

Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the five-star rating. We hope to welcome you back very soon Kind Regards Guillaume Marly Managing Director

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Chris
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such an awesome place for a treat, or a business lunch with wow factor. The service was first class, outstanding. The food was presented so well and soooo scrumptious.

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ClaireH
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have longed to eat here and it did not disappoint. Everything was amazing, I can not fault it. Will definitely return.

Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal
Responded 6 days ago

Dear ClaireH Thank you for the lovely feedback and five-star rating. We hope to welcome you back very soon Kind Regards Guillaume Marly Managing Director

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ChristianT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is excellent, we will be back again.

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janice57
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was exquisite, as I had anticipated. As this was a delayed birthday treat, our charming young waiter brought us extra eggs (after asking which was our favourite) on a happy birthday treat. The portions were small compared with many afternoon teas, but so rich and delicious that I felt completely satisfied

Only negative was the background music, which wasn't really audible and just added unnecessary noise in a rather echoey environment, and slightly spoiled the ambience

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vipSeeFoodEatFood
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I were very excited to go to C&B as I’m a big fan of Chef Adrias. The experience, service and THE FOOD were all outstanding. These are definitely the best desserts I’ve ever had. The rose and the baklava were my favorite and my wife’s was the egg and the cheesecake! Definitely must try the experience menu to get to try it all!

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SD2020
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fab location, champagne was fab but cakes were over priced

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JerryH
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday treat. The waiter was very attentive. The desserts were just amazing!

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kevE
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The 6 dessert tastings with accompanying Champagne was a lovely experience which my wife and I would highly recommend. All staff including front of house in the hotel entrance were very welcoming, polite and helpful. Our waiter was superb.

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Jessica
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Light and delicious pastry that is also full of surprises with every bite. Would highly recommend the pistachio puff pillows, cheese cake and pancake. I also
Tried a pistachio drink that I had never heard of before that I loved. I will definitely be back

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PhilT
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Really enjoyed trying some very inventive desserts

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Jo27
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to enjoy delicious sweet treats. Excellent service.

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NOYB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious treat, lovely food and service , nice venue

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely experience

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous treat. The dessert menu was perfectly balanced and delightful. The staff were equally delightful. It was a very memorable treat for my daughters 18th birthday.

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HollyB
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cakes included in this afternoon tea are some of the best I've ever had. They melted in the mouth and weren't overly sweet. It was such a delicious experience. Will definitely be returning again.

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CarolynR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cakes were delicious and amazing, as were the cocktails. Great spot for a treat.

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helen
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here as part of my husband's 40th birthday celebrations. So glad that the staff are allowed visors rather than the voice muffling face masks that so many restaurants are using. Seeing a smile from a waiter makes a huge difference.
Food was fab, cocktails delicious, loved the decor and the staff were very friendly and helpful. 10 out of 10 all around!!!

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AlanB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice couple of hours spent here for my wife’s birthday. The cakes were incredible and the service outstanding. Particularly Dario.
Will definitely be back .

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J9219
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Fun for a quick afternoon coffee stop. Tasty food and cocktails but tables were very ‘crammed in’. Whilst the individual staff were very polite, the service was very disjointed - sometimes fast, sometimes slow and plenty of people receiving each other’s orders! Not as special as I had hoped but good for a quick coffee.

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Anne
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The dessert selection was amazing (especially the cheesy cheesecake and the rose sphere). The service was charming and friendly. The only down side was the neighbouring table who at one point took out their phones to play videos without headphones on. They stopped when we asked them too but it defeats the purpose of coming out for a lovely treat if people are just going to behave like they're at home and watch football on tiny screens.

Our only other suggestion would be a name change. The current name (bit like bubble tea cafe) doesn't do justice to the ambience.

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AmberC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The service was exceptional, couldn't have been better. We were left waiting for our table and so they offered us a free glass of champagne each. I also let the waiter know in passing chat that it was my sister's birthday and they brought over an extra cake with happy birthday piped in chocolate which was lovely. ON the negative side, the tables were close together, I didn't think they'd allowed for any extra space for social distancing.

We ordered the tasting plates with champagne. Everything was lovely but don't go there hungry. They are tiny morsels rather than cakes. All were good but probably not what I was expecting from the world's best pattisiere. The cheesecake will definitely divide the crowd. a sweet cheesecake that tasted of strong cheese as well as being sweet and creamy. I could only manage a couple of mouthfuls but my sister loved it.

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Farri00
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at Cakes and Bubbles. The service was excellent given current situation, all the staff wearing face shield made me comfortable in the restaurant.
The cheese cake was the best.

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SMOk
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience celebrating a birthday. Great service & the food was superb.

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vipjohnl
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and standard of food was excellent and cannot recommend highly enough!!

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HELENB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this cafe Wonderful place for celebrations !

The staff are exceptional. Lovely server called Kilian made our day so special

Can’t wait to go again !

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dominich
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very different afternoon dining experience. All the treats were both interesting and delicious and accompanied with impeccable service..While it may appear to be not cheap I doubt very much that I could recreate any of it in my kitchen. Craftsmanship in the kitchen gives it a real wow factor.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service not over the top but there if you need anything
Very knowledgeable staff they gave good information about the food the restaurant and the chef
Would go again

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Debs
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect from start to finish - friendly and attentive staff. The afternoon tea was sublime and great value for money.
Felt spoilt and was not rushed.
My only quibble is the setting-as this does not reflect the level of service or the taste sensation

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant overall experience :) staff and food fantastic!

FAQs

Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal is rated 4.7 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

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.