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The Den at St Martins Lane London

4.3
4.3
150 Reviews
£26 to £40
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.

Afternoon Tea Daily from 12:00 – 16:30

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  • Area

    Covent Garden

  • Parking Details

    Q-Park Covent Garden is located underneath the hotel

  • Public Transit

    Leicester Square

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

Menu

Main

  • Soup of the Day£8.00

    • Porcini and Shiitake Terrine£12.00

      baby leeks, sourdough crisp, ponzu gel

      • Confit Chicken Terrine£12.00

        tandoori spice, honey goat curd, mango salsa

        • Curly Kale Salad£12.00

          seaweed, cucumber, shiitake, tempeh, wasabi soy dressing

          • Caesar Salad£12.00

            romaine, bacon, parmesan, anchovies, garlic bread

            • Beetroot Gnocchi£18.00

              miso eggplant cream, cherry tomato

              • Battered Cod£26.00

                sesame bok choy, coriander gremolata, chips

                • Grilled Basil Chicken£24.00

                  miso honey parsnip, cavalo nero, smoked black garlic purée

                  • St Martins Lane Classic Club£18.00

                    spicy chicken, bacon, tomato, baby gem, egg, mayonnaise

                    • Gourmet Burger£18.00

                      brioche, pickle, tomato, scarmoza, pickled onion

                      Sides

                      • Sweet Potato Fries£5.00

                        • Oregano and Balsamic Fries£5.00

                          • Cavalo Nero, Kale, Bok Choy£5.00

                            • Confit Potatoes£6.00

                              Dessert

                              • Pandan Panna Cotta£10.00

                                blood orange sorbet, candied amaranth

                                • Rhubarb Frangipane Tart£8.00

                                  stem ginger ice cream

                                  • Artisanal British Cheese£14.00

                                    pear chutney, charcoal crackers, grapes

                                    • Selection of Ice Creams£8.00

                                      vanilla | chocolate | strawberry

                                      Last updated: 21 October 2021

                                      What 150 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.3
                                      4.3 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.4Food
                                      • 4.4Service
                                      • 4.2Ambience
                                      • 4.1Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                        Gluten Free Options

                                      • London

                                        Afternoon Tea

                                      • West End London

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                                      1. CL

                                        CatrinL

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 18 November 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Lovely setting, great service. We shall certainly be visiting again. Thank you.

                                      2. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Memphis

                                        2 reviews

                                        1.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 13 November 2021

                                        overall1food3service3ambience2

                                        It states outdoor seeing which it did not have. Has a quiet and relaxed feel to the bar

                                      3. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 6 November 2021

                                        overall1food3service2ambience1

                                        We booked at The Den for a nice and cosy pre-dinner drink, for a group of 4. Upon arriving at St Martin’s Lane hotel, the person at reception was incapable of directing us to this bar, which seemed odd to say the least. We ended up finding it ourselves, hidden behind a curtain. But there was no staff or customers there. Asked reception again and were told ‘due to an engineering problem’, we couldn’t be served there and would have to sit at the restaurant. That’s what we ended up doing, but this restaurant looks and feels like a cafeteria, with NO atmosphere at all and is quite depressing tbh. Also, no apologies, nothing. Will never set foot there again.

                                      4. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 16 October 2021

                                        overall3food4service3ambience2

                                        Booked the Den area for some drinks...it looked fairly clubby and cosy in the photos. On arrival was told initially there were no seats (there were) and then that it was not being used (there were people in the Den, though). Was taken into the hotel restaurant instead...fairly large, bright and no atmosphere. Had a couple of average drinks and felt let down by whole experience.

                                      5. JS

                                        JulieS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 10 October 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We went for Afternoon tea, and it was really good!

                                      6. NL

                                        NeilL

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 9 October 2021

                                        overall1food3service1ambience2

                                        Poor service, was shown to table then forgotten about. 15minutes before we got a servers attention. Same for the next round of drinks. Asked 3 servers for the bill. Gave up and went to the bar asking to pay. Lack of organisation. Didn’t pay the 12.5% service charge. Wouldn’t recommend or return.

                                      7. J

                                        Jubilee

                                        London

                                        4 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on 30 September 2021

                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                        A very artistic and tasty cream tea! Beautiful matching crockery and tea sets. Service was very good and staff very friendly and welcoming. Hotel and restaurant was very quiet so lacked atmosphere but we still very much enjoyed our afternoon.

                                      8. GB

                                        GraceB

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 26 September 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food and service was impeccable. The attention to detail was amazing. I had a lovely afternoon and could not fault the experience at all!

                                      9. D

                                        Debbie

                                        Hertfordshire

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on 10 September 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fantastic place to go, such beautiful interior and lovely drinks. The staff are so kind and lovely. Cannot recommend enough x

                                      10. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Staffordshire

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 21 August 2021

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        We went before a show for our Mum’s 60th birthday. Vicki was outstanding. She arranged Prosecco and a cake without being asked. The food was lovely and the service was amazing. We will definitely go again!

                                      11. VW

                                        VeronicaW

                                        East Sussex

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 20 August 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was fabulous and the service was outstanding

                                      12. K

                                        Kashish

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 20 August 2021

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        The service was absolutely amazing and the atmosphere was perfect for a quiet afternoon tea. Also had a great vegan menu

                                      13. M

                                        Mels

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 31 July 2021

                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                        Afternoon tea was of very good quality. They were accommodating to our different dietary needs, and adjusted the menu accordingly. Staff were very polite and helpful.

                                      14. LJ

                                        LeightonJ

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 31 July 2021

                                        overall3food4service2ambience3

                                        Nice venue. Lovely food. Staff are polite, but slow and forgetful. Had to ask for cutlery and three customers left due to the slow service.

                                      15. TB

                                        TerriB

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 9 July 2021

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        We booked an evening meal here for a birthday treat.. We enjoyed the food, although the portion sizes were a little on the small side for my partner. It's quite a small, dimly lit space but very comfortable with quirky wall art and decor. We found the staff to be extremely polite and helpful, especially Vicky who was very funny and friendly. We would definitely be happy to return.

                                      16. DJ

                                        DJNZ

                                        London

                                        86 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        86 reviews

                                        Dined on 9 July 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        We had the London Restaurant Festival menu which had a choice of 2 for each course - the food was fantastic and the service was friendly and efficient although the desserts took a long time to arrive. We ate on the outside terrace which was fine.

                                      17. DR

                                        DonRog

                                        Tampa

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on 3 July 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fabulous service at the Den had afternoon tea here and drinks a number of times. We return because the staff are so friendly and helpful and food quality and cocktails are lovely

                                      18. SF

                                        SholsF4J

                                        London

                                        7 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on 26 June 2021

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        The host wasn’t too welcoming, the food was good and cocktails menu is limited in comparison to other restaurants. Atmosphere was very nice and our waiter had exceptional customer service, which made up for not the best welcome.

                                      19. JP

                                        JacquelineP

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 5 June 2021

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Staff make us feel welcomed. Nice and peaceful atmosphere despite being located in a busy area.

                                      20. TS

                                        TalarS

                                        London

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on 30 May 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The weather made our lunch today sensational, but the staff there made it even better. We were served by the lovely Vicky who was extremely friendly and helpful. If you’re ever nearby or fancy a day out in London, I definitely recommend visiting The Den!

                                      21. CG

                                        CeeGeeCee

                                        London

                                        108 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        108 reviews

                                        Dined on 1 November 2020

                                        overall3food3service2ambience3

                                        Very excited to be heading back out for afternoon tea once more. A confirmation call from The Den a couple of days beforehand set the scene nicely. However, on arrival there were no signs of any staff; we asked at hotel reception and they just said to sit wherever you want. We did just that and eventually were brought a menu; we placed our orders and didn't have to wait long for our drinks (although the tea was from Tea Pigs and not Mariage Frères as advertised). We then had to wait 25 minutes before the food arrived - and there were only three other tables occupied. As we moved from sandwiches to cakes, I was offered another coffee but this never arrived. The waiter apologised - he'd forgotten and said he'd bring one immediately but we'd now finished eating and felt it was time to call it a day, pay the bill and leave. The cakes were good, the sandwiches OK and the room itself was terrific (if desperately quiet). Clearly, I'd expected too much; we now enter lockdown #2 with a very underwhelming last afternoon out...

                                      22. L

                                        Lewis

                                        South Wales

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 31 October 2020

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        You probably should tell people that the den lounge isn't actually open before they book...

                                      23. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 21 October 2020

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        Booked for afternoon tea as advertised and then they wouldn’t serve us afternoon tea 🤦🏻‍♂️

                                      24. D

                                        Duarte

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 5 October 2020

                                        overall5food4service5ambience4

                                        Great place, a classic at the West End. Happy to see so many familiar faces still around. There’s no service quite like the service and attentiveness provided by Phil at the door and Raphal in the restaurant. Try it for yourself.

                                      25. VS

                                        ValerieS

                                        London

                                        3 reviews

                                        1.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on 7 March 2020

                                        overall1food2service1ambience1

                                        Abysmal experience: erratic service, food that never arrived - a vegan friend had taken pains to let them know about her dietary requirements a day in advance and these were also mentioned several times to the staff yet not only did they have nothing vegan prepared, she was served ham sandwiches and prosciutto.. It took over 90 mins for her to get any food. Drink orders had to be repeated over and over again in order to finally get anything served to us (g&t, how hard can it be?).. We had to ask the manager to intervene - he explained that his main staff were off sick and these were simply staff he got at a moment’s notice: in these days of Covid 19, that will be more and more common and he should have ensured that the temp staff were closely monitored and helped (which eventually following many complaints did happen..) The food on offer is minimal for the price and the balance is much more on the overly sweet cakes etc than on savoury. We did get our drinks removed from the bill which was appreciated however it didn’t take away from the unnecessarily stressful experience on what should have been a joyous birthday celebration (three people celebrating, one minute tart and candle to share..) ... best avoid The Den if you are out for a special occasion.

                                      26. E

                                        Elise

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 5 January 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I always choose this place to go for afternoon tea and have never been disappointed. Great and friendly staff. Would highly recommend it!

                                      27. PA

                                        PAULINE

                                        London

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on 1 January 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I Went to restaurant few months ago with 11 people and it was amazing. This time, I really enjoyed the atmosphere for the afternoon tea, the quality of the service and the food. I highly recommend this place.

                                      28. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 21 December 2019

                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                                        Upon arrival I was told there was a problem with my booking because another group had arrived late and were still at the table that had been reserved for my party. Totally understand that afternoon tea is a leisurely affair and wouldn’t want to curtail someone else’s enjoyment, however, I shouldn’t be having to manoeuvre tables and try and figure out whether my friends and our food are going to fit around a table made for two; it was an already known issue when I arrived and could have been sorted pre-emptively. Aside from that initial hiccup, the food was delicious and well presented - but could have done with a little more savoury - the service was friendly, and the atmosphere cosy and festive.

                                      29. m

                                        markusr

                                        London

                                        16 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined on 16 December 2019

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Perfect food, excellent location and lovely waitress

                                      30. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Berkshire

                                        6 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on 23 November 2019

                                        overall3food1service1ambience4

                                        Really didn’t enjoy the food and service was not great

                                      31. I

                                        Imogen

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        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.

                                      32. NE

                                        NEIL

                                        London

                                        90 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        90 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

                                      33. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        3 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on 25 October 2019

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Lovely afternoon tea.

                                      34. AO

                                        AOH1

                                        London

                                        133 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        133 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.

                                      35. d

                                        diner

                                        London

                                        5 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        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.

                                      36. PH

                                        PippaH

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        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

                                      37. C

                                        Clazzascoffs

                                        London

                                        14 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        14 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.

                                      38. MM

                                        MuazM

                                        London

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on 24 August 2019

                                        overall1food2service3ambience2

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

                                      39. b

                                        bwhitt2000

                                        London

                                        44 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        44 reviews

                                        Dined on 20 August 2019

                                        overall5food4service4ambience4

                                        Good service and atmosphere for business meeting.

                                      40. F

                                        Food4thought

                                        Denver

                                        18 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        18 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!

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                                      The Den at St Martins Lane London is rated 4.3 stars by 150 OpenTable diners

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                                      Google Map for The Den at St Martins Lane London

                                      45 St. Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4HX

                                      • Area

                                        Covent Garden

                                      • Hours of Operation

                                        Daily 12:00–23:00
                                        Afternoon Tea
                                        Daily 12:00–16:00

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Afternoon Tea, British, Lounge

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress Code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking Details

                                        Q-Park Covent Garden is located underneath the hotel

                                      • Public Transit

                                        Leicester Square

                                      • Payment Options

                                        AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Additional

                                        Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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