Den in St Martins Lane

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Afternoon Tea
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Step into The Den, a classically British, oak-panelled snug at the St Martins Lane hotel, which offers guests a peaceful spot to enjoy afternoon tea, curl up with a book, play a game of backgammon or catch up with friends over a Gin & Tonic. An ideal meeting place in the heart of Covent Garden, The Den’s country club atmosphere is complemented by comfortable leather sofas and warm lighting. A series of surreal and playful art pieces riffed on classic British scenarios also adorn the walls, bringing the room to life with a touch of British
eccentricity.

The Den Terrace: This summer, St Martins Lane is delighted to be opening its doors onto The Den Terrace to bring you a taste of the tropics, in collaboration with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro. The Den has been transformed into a topical oasis, filled to the brim with palm trees and cacti that will spill out onto the terrace, bringing Caribbean glamour to the heart of London’s Covent Garden.

Special Offers

Afternoon Tea & glass of Prosecco £29.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 5 January 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

Afternoon Tea & Veuve Clicquot Champagne £42.50

From a set menu with a glass of champagne.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 5 January 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

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LC
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely cosy afternoon tea in the beautifully decorated den. Attentive service and a great quality afternoon tea.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Afternoon was too cake heavy and everything was very large...

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon cream tea in The Den, the service was excellent, the food was nice, very filling! Would suggest the Roche dessert be slightly smaller and more sandwiches. The scones were a little dry! It was still worth the money and we had a lovely time! Thank you!

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m
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice setting.
Ordered afternoon tea. After 45 minutes no food or drink. Tea/Coffee came after asking. Asked if food would be much longer, was told "As you're not having the Salmon sandwich, it will take longer". After 1 hour, and many other being served before us, our food arrived. We were told "The kitchen printer ran out of paper as we sent your order through, so the chefs didn't receive it." I asked to speak to the manager to ask why we'd been told to very different reasons for the slow service.

Manager was apologetic, giving us a free glass of fizz and 50% off final bill. However, with so many places offering afternoon tea, we have no need to now return here for sub standard service.

Cakes were nice.... nothing amazing.
Overall, somewhat disappointing.

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SD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, we couldn’t have asked for more. The lady who served us (we didn’t catch her name but she had long light brown hair) was so kind and personal. We came for afternoon tea for my mums birthday. The food was delicious and very generous portions

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was really awful. It took so long just to give our order and then even longer for the tea to arrive and longer still for the food. It definitely hurt the experience overall.

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great spot for afternoon tea. They were understaffed when we went though, which lead to the service being a little slow.

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KG
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday afternoon tea very filling and great service. We would highly recommend

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E
London
20 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food not as good as previously - usually love the afternoon tea here but they had changed the sandwiches and they weren’t as nice (although desserts were possibly better). Waiting staff are all lovely and helpful.

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r
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

This was the second time here for Afternoon tea. The first was about 2 years ago on another trip to London. Compared to the first time, this was a bit of a disappointment. The food was still very good, but the thing that had made our first visit so memorable was the presentation of the actual cakes which were amazing. Although these were delicious, the visual creativity was average.
Additionally, this time our service lacked and was almost unpleasant. More than enough food for two to share a single order, we ordered a second glass of prosecco which we expected to be paying for although we easily could have shared the large pot of tea, but it was insisted we purchase another.
But the very worst part of this experience was the fact that some moron decided 5pm was a good time to have a photo shoot in this smallish dark room. A wiser choice would have been to do this shoot in the morning when this room, The Den, chosen for its dark coziness is not being used for Afternoon Tea or after work drinks for those wanting a quiet and low lit experience. Although it was only about 30 minutes, the flood light and continued flashing of the camera was very disturbing indeed and I have a condition that can get set off by flashing lights. You'd think the second pot of tea might have been comped for this inconvenience, but it was not. No apology or even acknowledgement of this happening during something special I was treating my adult daughter to and were expecting a calm quiet experience.
With every restaurant, pub, museum and hotel in London offering Afternoon Tea, we will choose a different venue next time.

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PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere. Like being in your own private club. Comfortable sofas. Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Would highly recommend and look forward to returning

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

50th Birthday afternoon tea for my friend. Lovely ambience, great service. Not being an enormous chocolate fan it would be nice to have one cake which isn’t chocolate but that’s just my taste. My friend was happy though. Thanks for making my friends birthday so special.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I wasnt sure about this place but I thought i try it so book in for an afternoon tea.We arrived and greeted by the receptionist. They were very polite and helpful. The place was abit dark compare to other places we ve been. Teas and sandwiches was delicious so definitely would recommend to my friends.

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NG
London
21 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service especially for the couple of people in our party with dietary needs.

However, 15% service charge was added to the bill which also had a space for a gratuity we felt that was taking the Mickey!

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my girlfriend here for a Valentines treat this weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The afternoon tea had a wonderful variety of savoury and sweet items, all of which were delicious and very filling. We were allowed to take away the final few cakes we couldn't finish in a bag as well. The unlimited hot chocolate was also really nice, and my partner enjoyed her peppermint tea. We were very pleasantly full up for the rest of the day after that, we didn't need an evening meal.

The waitress, Michelle, was cheerful and friendly, making us feel really welcome and cared for. Despite it being a busy afternoon, she was keen and happy to take the time to ensure our absolute comfort, which we really appreciated. She explained the offers available, talked us through all of the savoury and sweet items we were presented with, and checked on us regularly to ensure we were happy and to top up our drinks. And we weren't at all rushed. The 2 hour time slot was more than adequate as it was, but we were allowed to stay and relax for longer, at no extra charge, as the next guests who had reserved our table didn't turn up.

The Den itself is a very relaxing and pleasant room, with interesting artworks on the walls that are worth exploring, along with atmospheric lighting set just at the right level. And the noise level was nice and low, with pleasant and unobtrusive background music, enabling easy conversation.

So thank you to St Martins Lane Hotel for a very memorable, relaxing and enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend it.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service for afternoon tea and no pressure to finish quickly. Savoury’s were nice but not excellent desserts were huge and very rich for my liking. I’d prefer smaller options and maybe more choice.

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BW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service here is always excellent and very friendly staff.

ideal for casual meetings for business or pleasure.

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HT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was ok but not special enough over other choices, especially in a city like London. Staff were nice but seemed overworked.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic afternoon tea - this place had it all; comfy sofas and newspapers, great-tasting tea in enormous pots which were replaced several times, lovely food and Prosecco, and outstanding attentive service in a very cosy bar environment with tongue-in-cheek artwork on the walls. If I had one small criticism it would be that the scones were slightly underdone - but the savouries and cakes (four each) were all delicious, and the scones tasted great and were very fresh. We were able to take home the cakes we couldn't finish in a box. Highly recommended.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, relaxed atmosphere and lovely food and drinks

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MM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Posh afternoon tea in a quiet and cosy athmosphere

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OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Lovely service and nice and calm on a hectic Saturday outside the hotel.

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BM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique setting and wonderful treats!
We loved the Narnia themed tea. Made for a fun and relaxing afternoon.

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HD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance, enough pastries. Unfortunately it took long before the food arrived but they made up to it whith free champagne, so overall very good score.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Went for the Narnia afternoon tea. Staff ignored people as they arrived and left us waiting for ages to be seated, even with a booking. Had to keep asking for things, even water - that was when you could catch a member of staff, as they were largely absent. Food took ages to arrive (nearly an hour), which is ridiculous considering it's a few pre-made cakes and pastries - not sure why it would take so long just to put them on a plate. When we were ready to leave, the waitress shouted at me for apparently using the wrong toilet, even though there were no signs to the toilet we were 'supposed' to be using. I said that no one told us we weren't supposed to use them (we had used them the whole afternoon without anyone saying anything), she shouted at me that we should have asked! Unbelievably rude, not sure where the customer service is. Didn't bother paying service charge, as we didn't receive any service.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was lovely the only issue I had was the tea wasn’t hot enough and the coffee was only warm, apart from that lovely. Staff were amazing

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely cosy atmosphere, great for a winters day, would not be so good for summer however. Afternoon tea was to a high standard, however there was only 3 savouries, the rest was all sweet, would have liked some traditional sandwiches. Also no currents in the scone, which is a preference for me. There was an option to select their special “chronicles of Narnia” afternoon tea whilst booking, but I didn’t, however this is what we were given. Finally the service let them down unfortunately, they seemed to be under staffed as there was just one girl in the end, who was lovely but overstretched.

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EM
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We booked the Narnia tea. The set up was comfy and nicely done. There was no children’s menu which was a shame and although it was a bit themed (Aslan’s head in caramel was one of the sweet options and there was Turkish delight), it wasn’t totally obvious how the rest related to Narnia. The drinks were all lovely and they were very accommodating with my children’s requests but the food was not particularly fantastic. The scones were enormous but quite dry. We were looked after very well but the food was not quite of the standard I’d expect in a hotel such as this.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We had to wait an hour after ordering for our food even though some of what we ordered, like a charcuterie plate and hummus did not have to be cooked. The wait staff were nice, but they just kept saying food was coming even though it was clear there were problems in the kitchen. They discounted our bill but kept a 15% service charge on for the full amount. Wait staff kept saying the manager would come and talk to us to apologize. The manager never showed up! That was the worst of it. The cowardly manager made the wait staff do all of the apologizing for the kitchen!! We will not go again, and you certainly should not if you are trying to get to a play or are hungry.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The waitress was lovely but clearly rushed off her feet. Why don’t they put more staff on? Food was nice and lovely ambience.

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BG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waitress could see less interested in seating us welcoming to the Den. Upon seating we again advised that one of the party had a nut allergy, was frankly told that they did not cater or provide alternative menu options. It was only once we ordered a bottle of champagne that we stated to get any warmth from the waitress. Compared to other afternoon teas which are on offer in London, this has to be by far the worst experience that I have had.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really relaxed bar with tentative service. It’s got a great ambiance with quirky art on the wall. We all really enjoyed it

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, wonderful food, very nice service - absolutely 5*

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RB
London
27 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My fourth time there as it's in a great spot pre-theatre, if what you want is somewhere quietish and comfortable to sit down with a drink and a snack. This was the first time it was busy. Service is slow, but charming.

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RW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed booked for afternoon tea which was then not available service was very slow when they did provide it came in bits and pieces.

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n
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for the Narnia themed afternoon tea. The Den is a lovely, cosy place. The perfect spot to while away a few hours on a rainy day. One of the highlights of our visit was the super warm and friendly service we received from our waiter. I wish we’d got his name he was just awesome. All waiters should be like him! The afternoon tea was delicious too!

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely quiet snug atmosphere.

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m
London
37 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Den is a very cosy space in the hotel. The afternoon tea was great with a good choice of savoury and sweet options. The portions were very generous and we ended up with a doggy bag. Our waitress, Inesa, was very helpful and friendly and provided an excellent service. She even organised a special birthday treat at no extra cost.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely quirky venue for afternoon tea and catch up with friends. The food was lovely and the service was fantastic. Will definitely return!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had a lovely time; would go back. Food and service were lovely.

The only thing that let them down - 2 paintings were broken and the art should really have been taken down.

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