Den in St Martins Lane

4.1
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
120 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£25 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Afternoon Tea

Top tags:

Afternoon Tea
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 & Veuve Clicquot Champagne £48pp

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: 30 October 2019

Ends: 24 November 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

Afternoon Tea & glass of Prosecco £35pp

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 30 October 2019

Ends: 24 November 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

Sundown Cocktail Tea: £39pp

Must be aged 21 & over.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 30 October 2019

Ends: 24 November 2019

Availability: Daily 19:00-21:00

What 120 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Quiet
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
I
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The vegan afternoon tea was okay but not amazing, I’ve had better, the cakes were good but the sandwiches not so much. It was a shame they used gluten free bread and flour in the vegan afternoon tea as it made the sandwiches very dry and the texture of the cakes not as good as they should be because of the gluten free ingredients used. The cakes were beautiful but I would recommend that you have a separate gluten free afternoon tea to the vegan afternoon tea. Also I was frustrated that a service charge was added onto the bill When the afternoon tea is advertised as £35pp, was cosy I hadn’t expected - I would have like to have known about that.

NE
London
85 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Room was a bit small and dark with interesting decor
Staff were very attentive
Afternoon tea was presented in bird cages

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea.

AO
London
127 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took my 18 year old niece for a birthday treat for afternoon tea at the Den - it was lovely and quiet and service was very good (lovely waitress even sang happy birthday to my niece when bringing in a special little cake - lovely touch and much appreciated). We were never rushed and tea was refilled regularly to keep it warm. Didn't manage to work our way through all the cakes so got to take them home. A very nice tea experience in a funky venue! Definitely recommended.

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Den is a cosy lounge with easy chairs and coffee tables. The afternoon tea is different in that the conventional sandwich is missing, replaced by acceptable savouries. The sweet element includes a scone with jam and cream (no afternoon tea would feel right without one) and delicious patisserie. The staff are friendly and obliging. We enjoyed our visit.

PH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

well worth a visit

an eclectic room with plenty to cast your eyes over whilst you eat and drink.

Food was great, non traditional which was nice for a change

C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely, quiet and cool spot for a cocktail and a bite to eat before the theatre. Not cheap, but it’s a pretty smart place so prices made sense. Food quality was overall good but not great - delicious asparagus salad but grim not-quite-babaganoush.

MM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience2

At the very end of our stay a rat ran across the room

b
London
42 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good service and atmosphere for business meeting.

F
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cool, trendy space. We were a little miffed there were no extra sandwiches and we were charged £2 each for the finger sandwiches asked for more of. There was only one server for the whole space and I think she could have used an extra hand! She was absolutely lovely and trying to do everything to make everyone happy, just spread a little thin between all the tables!

f
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We didn't know Den was so dark and looked entirely for happy hour than an afternoon tea. The layout was small but the food was quite good. Overall comparatively a good value for money given it's location. Tragically, a small rat ran across the carpet and near us, which we found just amusing and told the waiter who was embarrassed and not surprised. That's an issue of the city and not the restaurant hygiene but just overall not the right experience.

m
London
26 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great venue for afternoon tea in this classy hotel

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The cakes were fantastic. The savoury food was a little bland.

We had to chase to get some orders in, but we were outside.

For the value and the cakes, I would come again.

FV
London
41 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Intimate decor;great art. Good vegan option pointed out to me; was delicious. Service a little slow but we were outside. The outside “ terrace” is a little shabby and uninspiring. Inside decor is amazing

A
London
31 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely location for socialising prior to a night out.

EA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience having the afternoon tea in this place. The decoration was funny and cozy. The waiters were always attentive, kind and always willing to help you out with the etiquette. I highly recommend it to have afternoon tea. The price is very affordable and you will a great time.

The only problem was that google maps marks the hotel in the opposite sidewalk and as the hotel does not have a sign so you could get lost.

BK
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Relaxed. Quite dark so take glasses to read menu!

T
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Afternoon Tea on 30th May 2019 as a little celebration for my daughters 21st Birthday. The service was excellent and our waitress was very pleasant and helpful. It was a relaxed and quiet venue which is just what we wanted. They even provided a little 21st Birthday cake and candle. Highly recommended.

LW
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

m
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

SD
London
16 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

DW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

KG
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
London
21 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

r
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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.

PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

NG
London
23 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

KS
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

BW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service here is always excellent and very friendly staff.

ideal for casual meetings for business or pleasure.

HT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

K
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, relaxed atmosphere and lovely food and drinks

MM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Posh afternoon tea in a quiet and cosy athmosphere

OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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