Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal

4.6
662 reviews
£26 to £40
Dessert
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 and having built a gastronomic revolution alongside his brother, Ferran, at the legendary Michelin three-star el Bulli, Adrià runs Barcelona’s hottest restaurant ‘Tickets’. Cakes Bubbles marks his first permanent establishment outside of his native Spain.

Cakes & Bubbles offers a parade of exceptional desserts and pastries, including the renowned “cheesecake", alongside a wide selection of Champagne and sparkling wines. Enjoy a truly unique contemporary take on the afternoon tea experience.

Please note we only accept online bookings for up to four diners, for larger parties please contact the team on restaurants@hotelcaferoyal.com or (0)20-7406-3310.

The Cakes and Bubbles Experience is available between 2.00pm & 6.00pm. There is also a savoury 'all-day dining' menu available.

Reservations available for inside or outside on the terrace.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
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  • Contactless payment available
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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What 662 People Are Saying
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Tanya
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best hot chocolate in town.
Afternoon tea was a nice experience.

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ConallF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, lovely food will definitely come back

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julianm
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful and delicious experience…everything we could have hoped for

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Lizzy123
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I tried the sweet afternoon bubbles with champagne and throughly enjoyed each dessert. All staff were warm, welcoming and there was a great ambience; would highly recommend visiting here for fantastic dessert!

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Phil
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, not faults. The deserts are absolutely incredible, full credit the chefs!
Service was also perfect

Highly recommend

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SallyD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious works of art and super service. A real treat.

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Nicole
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, experience etc. saw this place on master chef and have wanted to visit ever since. It did not disappoint. Can’t wait to go again.

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pluteoid
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful as always but the crispy air pancake, everyone's favorite, was off the menu! Hopefully only temporarily but info from staff was a bit unclear on that front.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience4

On arrival we were left standing around for several minutes, with no acknowledgement of our existence. Eventually we were seated, well just shown a table, the staff member disappeared promptly. It would’ve been nice if they had provided us a menu or offer us water at the very least. We waited another 15 minutes before obtaining a menu. We opted for a selection of cocktails and desserts. Starting of with a Vieux Carré and chocolate corks respectively. The cocktails were astonishingly sophisticated but honestly, I expected a lot more from the cork. It turned out to be a soft, untextured and almost watery sponge filled with an average chocolate mousse with a slight crunch. It looked pretty, but lacked depth and flavour. The next course was the golden egg flan. The flan was presented beautifully and tasted good too. It had undertones of caramel, the middle was a little eggy for me, but I suppose this can be expected. It was topped with a lovely passion fruit gel. Moving on, we tried the Yuzu Castella and this was the highlight of the first round! Dusted in cocoa and filled with a delicate mousse. It oozed perfectly balanced sweet, acidic and bitter flavours, very moreish! The next course we sampled the baklava pillows, These were simply incredible! A delicate shell of sugary, nutty filo pastry filled with a gorgeous pistachio foam. It’s a beautiful reinvention of the traditionally dense sweet. The rose followed, more of a palate cleanser? This course is certainly an eye catcher but bears no resounding flavours. I’m not sure I can correlate the price. By now, we had run out of time, so we decided to jump to the final course - the cheesecake! The cheesecake was very rich, immensely creamy and flavours of hazelnut ripples through the pudding. It certainly lived up to its reputation. All in all, we had a good experience. It’s just a pity the service was not attentive and fell way too short of our expectations for an establishment like this.

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vipMounaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve had a fantastic service during the experience. Cake and bubbles was definitely worth a try and the pistachio baklava was just scrumptious!

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MShark
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Expected more from Albert Adria. The desserts were competent but nothing particularly memorable. Definitely not worth the price.

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AnnaW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant time at Cakes and Bubbles with the delicious tasting menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food wasn’t warm, the dessert fell apart and the tea had zero taste despite being Moroccan Mint tea. Despite making their team aware and having our food remade, we had no nice gestures - just a waste of 100 pounds. Will never go back

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CarolineC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful food but very overpriced! I had lobster ravioli as a main and there were literally 4 ravioli on the plate. I left the restaurant still feeling hungry

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AndreaL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous afternoon, service was friendly and welcoming. Cheesecake was everything and more than I expected

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Opentable121
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent afternoon tea, lovely atmosphere and ambience. Excellent waiter named Charlie who really made the experience extra special for my mums birthday present. I would highly recommend.

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LauraJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cakes were beautifully presented and exquisite in flavour and design. The service was faultless, they took the time to explain the menu and made great recommendations. We went just after Christmas and the decorations and ambience were perfect for the festive season.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The host wasn’t sure about available she said there were no available spot for us then we left, we checked online and booked a table only half an hour later, The sweets ordered was nicely presented but not delicious ,the cheese cake was more into a cheese pudding then a cake, The bill was very height and they made us us pay 3 taxes ( food- beverages and service), The coffee was average, I won’t consider going to this place again

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Nasser
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Portion of the food was little, other than that everything was great.

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PJNHEN2
London
28 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You really must come here. It is not often I can say I have eaten something I have never had before. The desserts here are out of this world and the cheesecake is not to be missed.

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JohannaB
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a treat and to feel special and it totally lived up to expectations! Big thank you to all the staff! I had the three course dessert extravaganza with champagne. It was very interesting and so e of the tastes were sensational. I would not want if every day but definitely enjoyed it as an experience. I will definitely come back for another treat!

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vipAnyaK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I hoped it would be. Wonderful place. Delicious treats, fabulous service and location

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RobH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Trading on chef reputation rather than current quality in our opinion (regular fine dining customers). Tasty but fancy cafe vibes. Cramped table settings to maximise people rather than maximise the experience.

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Ange
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing cake/ dessert!! The waiter’s description of the food was amazing and made our mouth water!! The food, when arrived did not disappoint either.
Looking forward to go back there for the full tasting menu!!

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LizH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn't sure what to expect but it was a wonderful start to Christmas. Beautiful surroundings, FABULOUS cakes, excellent service - THANK YOU🎄

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malna
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and delicious with great service a really memorable treat.

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Sheetz
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent desserts, excellent service. Definitely a lovely experience, staff were so friendly, helpful and welcoming. Definitely recommend.

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vipgraemeh
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

birthday visit. went for the cheesecake. got 2. the best.

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JennyG
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to cakes and bubbles was an absolute delight. The food was excellent and the staff were extremely attentive, professional and all very personable. My husband and I were celebrating our 50th Wedding anniversary and attention to detail was outstanding. The dining area was decorated beautifully, your staff made us both feel special their attention to detail and explaining the individual cakes and the process that go into making them made it all the more delicious. We shall certainly be telling friends and family about our experience and when we are next in London will certainly be returning. PS. Our favourite was the cheesecake. Thank you.

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Adam
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful and attentive staff, tasty and well-presented food

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christelleC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to get the afternoon tea and we were not disappointed. It was amazing and delicious. We will come back for sure.

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MarionW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely experience, staff were really attentive and helpful, fabulous food, the cheesecake was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous locatio, great service. It is expensive but worth it for a special occasion.

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ClaireW
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Great food. Friendly, efficient staff

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Kormeleon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest culinary experiences of my life. We had the buttermilk chicken bites and fougasse to start as we thought we'd better have some savoury before the sugar attack. The chicken was astonishingly moist and flavourful, the bread perfectly baked and the accompanying sauces impeccable. Then the cakes. The baklava is unbelievably delicate with a light as air filling, beautifully sweet and nutty. The "crème brulee" filled eggshell is exquisite, the "cork" a crunchy, spongy joy and the "after eight" a lovely surprise. The rose which follows is an astonishingly sensual sensory overload, and the signature cheesecake at the end manages the impressive feat of being simultaneously ludicrously rich and delightfully light. The cocktails are punchy and gorgeous, the staff friendly and attentive without being overbearing and the ambience warm and welcoming. It was absolutely faultless and I can't wait to go again.

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SueB
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Wonderful patisserie, attentive service. 10 out of 10, especially the cheesecake.

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LeeG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to cake and bubbles. Last went two years ago, just as good as we remembered, service even better this time round in fact, really high level from our waitress. The cheesecake is just as amazing as I remembered and I will definitely drop by for it again when in London. Rest of the menu looks great too, only sampled the cake and the pancake this time which was also beautiful.

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MartinS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A once in a lifetime indulgent experience. Delectable cakes, how on earth were they made? Flavours exquisite, but you have to forget how much one mouthful costs.

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WenE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I cant fault the food. It is simplest the best, apart from cheesecake is bit too rich for my taste.

But the service was what I had to mark it down. The staffs were all junior, chaotic. At two occasions, we were asked to move table as they miscalculated 2/3 for a table or sth.

I declined as we were eating in the middle of the meals. I feel this is a bit rude to interrupt our otherwise nice enjoyable afternoon tea.

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StephenC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was interesting and amusing
But the cake and bubbles experience is very overpriced . The addition of a glass of champagne at £10 marginaly improves this .We were also charged a 15% gratuity , even though it is stipulated at 12.5%.. As this was a special occasion we were too embarrassed to say anything.
This was a shame . The restaurant was busy but I do wonder if anyone goes back.

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You can order delivery directly from Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal using the Order Online button. Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal also offers delivery in partnership with Supper London. Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7406 3310.

Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal is rated 4.6 stars by 662 OpenTable diners.

Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal 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.