The Rose Lounge at Sofitel London St. James

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324 reviews
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Afternoon Tea
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The stunning Sofitel London St James is located in the former home of Cox’s and King’s bank in the very heart of London, England. This sympathetically renovated building is English heritage grade II listed and now houses one of London's most unique five-star hotels - combining traditional British design with a contemporary style that is unmistakably French.


Opening onto the main hall, The Rose Lounge features a very feminine décor with a subtle colour scheme of pink and cream, deep wool rugs and a fifties chandelier, creating a delicate and fresh ambience complemented by stunning displays of fresh roses and the sound of a harp.


The rose lounge provides an informal yet elegant meeting place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the West End.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was with my mom and we would like to try an authentic English afternoon tea. We found this nice lounge randomly. The ambiance was superb, service was great, food is above standard. It is a great place to have some rest after shopping or walking.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Afternoon tea served in this Lounge near the main entrance of the Sofitel St. James. The room is an explosion of pink, but it’s rather small and there are few tables, but all is proportionate. There are a lot of flower and candles. An harp player entertains the guests and the atmosphere is very relaxed. There are a selection of different teas from which you can choose what you prefer: my tea was so good and spicy. The entire afternoon tea provides a selection of sandwiches and scones and pastries, all of them were delicious.
Service fast and friendly.

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NF
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting for a delicious afternoon tea. Would recommend and will definately book again

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I think you have to increase the food, the angus steak was poor and the tuna was not able to finish. To bad food for that amount of money. We will not come back for the food, maybe for the music.

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SD
London
230 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

An informal lounge for an afternoon tea. High quality produce and some inventiveness, especially with the teas and cakes. Good service. A little too slow for out liking. Got tipsy on champagne in the funky wine bar afterwards :)

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KA
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our afternoon tea was simply perfect ! The room is beautiful and the service and food were amazing!

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CC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely gluten free afternoon tea in the Rose Lounge. The room is lovely, the staff were attentive and helpful, and the food was wonderful. A variety of sandwiches, scones and desserts. The harpist was excellent as well. Highly recommended, especially for those who are looking for gluten free.

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EM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea/ the rose lounge/ both members of staff were all amazing and I would definitely recommended it. The only thing I was disappointed by was when the harp player came in to test the instrument which wasn’t the right time to do so when guests are trying to relax. She proceeded to play but the room is quite small so it was overbearing and not nice. The music they had playing before was much more calming.

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TB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful. He was thoughtful and helped walk us through our first afternoon tea. The decor was gorgeous and authentic. The service really made the experience though. We were short on time so he offered to wrap our desserts to go - so thoughtful!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We spent the afternoon here just after Christmas as a catch up with family from abroad, the service was great choices of tea was good they refilled the sandwiches & went through what was in them, showed us how to pour the tea. We stayed for nearly 4 hours never felt rushed all in all was really lovely would definitely recommend

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely high tea experience. Nice decor and comfortable seating. Food was good, love the finger sandwiches while the scone was barely warm. Tea was exceptional and service was impeccable.

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M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting with great service & food & drink. However, we paid £51 & did not have a glass of champagne included for this. Also we asked for some more tea after an hour but they just topped it up with hot water so no tea flavour or colour left - just hot water. Only 4 tiny sandwiches each & 1 scone each & shared 4 small cakes between us. Not very good value for money

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F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The Rose Lounge is a space that is decorated beautifully, and when we went there was a harp player. The food was nice, but I would say the value for money it is a bit expensive for what you are getting. I suppose you are paying for the atmosphere. The cucumber salmon sandwich was the best-tasting. The service needs to be better organised. The waiters were nice and accommodating, however we saw they were spread thin between the bar and the Rose lounge, so we had to wait to put more orders in for tea or the sandwiches, and also to bring in the dessert, as we had finished for quite some time before we found someone to help. Would it be too much to ask for waitstaff to be in the room when you have a table of 6 paying £270 for afternoon tea? This is a management issue obviously.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The hotel was lovely and the service was great on the day. The ambience was great and the chef also came out to see how our afternoon tea was which I thought was a nice touch. There was some confusion over priceto start with, we we’re advised by email the afternoon tea at the rose lounge was £28 and when we got there it was £45 with a service charge so came to £52. That was quite annoying based on the principle of being given wrong information. Would definitely go again.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was ‘nice’, but I can’t put my finger on why I can’t rate it higher. I think it’s because it seems like it was an afterthought as to what to do with this small space beside the reception. The decor was ‘nice’, there was a harpist which was ‘nice’, (but drowned out by the chitter chatter of business interviews).
For me it doesn’t quite work. For hotel guests, business folk and regulars it’s clearly fine, but I wouldn’t recommend it for someone travelling to London for a special occasion, of which I’m sure there are plenty.

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N
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised with The Rose Lounge. I went for afternoon tea and enjoyed a cozy atmosphere complete with rose themed decor and a harpist. The food was delicious and it was not overcrowded. Will definitely return next time I'm in London.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for afternoon tea.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited the Rose Lounge for an afternoon tea with my daughter and her best friend (both 13). Although quite chique, the staff is very relaxed and welcoming. The lounge is beautifully decorated and cosy, the tea selection very extensive and the food just perfect. We found the rose macaron so delicate: when taking a little bite, it fills your mouth and nose with a subtile rose flavour/odeur.
We spend over 2 hours in this oasis. The girls thought this was the highlight of our London trip.

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C
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for an afternoon tea with the girls! Impeccable service, delicious food, cozy atmosphere

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R
London
18 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was just right. Quiet and comfortable with a nice selection of quality teas, plus sandwiches, scones, and pastries.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There are a myriad of afternoon Tea options in london, but I like the setting and atmosphere of the Rose Lounge. Service and setting is good with the only small caveats being the champagne they service for the bottomless sitting is of a lower quality than the champagnes on their wine list and the sandwiches, whilst very nice and not amazing. The scones and pastries more than make up for this though. All in all, it’s a great location (perfect for theatre lovers), lovely service and good food. Recommend.

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O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most relaxing 2 hours you could imagine, the setting was super, the atmosphere was tranquil, the tea was excellent and the staff could not have been more attentive, I wish I could do it every Saturday, well done!!

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MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea with friends. Cosy atmosphere with beautiful harp music. Food was good and staff were attentive and friendly.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time with lovely food. Would go there again and hoping to celebrate my next birthday there

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h
London
20 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

The Rose Lounge is beautiful on first look and is definitely a lovely place for Afternoon Tea. On closer inspection it does look a little dated and more could be done with the space. The afternoon tea itself was lovely and staff were very helpful with catering to dietary requirements. Would definitely return.

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L
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, service and food were amazing. We went for afternoon tea for our birthday. This is so much better than the Chelsea Blue Bird. I would definitely visit again and highly recommend it to friends and family.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a quiet afternoon tea experience in the beautiful and romantic surroundings of The Rose Lounge.

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G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, relaxing, exquisite food, good value for money.

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B
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time in the Rose Lounge. The price was reasonable and the afternoon tea was very delicious. The service was very welcoming and friendly. I would recommend booking the Rose Lounge because the atmosphere was very peaceful and quiet.
I'll definitely visit again for another special occasion!

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C
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The lounge is quite nice and cosy. However tables are really small and seating is uncomfortable.
The food was acceptable, but not great. The scones were disappointing.
The tea was lovely.

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p
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the best afternoon teas we have had, the location was superb, the staff very attentive ,courteous and knowledgeable, will definitely be back

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AM
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, wonderful service and overall special experience in London!

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B
London
58 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I booked the Rose Lounge for afternoon tea, for my friend's birthday. It is quite an intimate space with only 7 or so tables for 2 or 3. It is beautifully decorated in a faux Victorian style decor. There was a harpist playing music which set the scene. We went for the free pouring champagne deal at £55. If you are planning to have at least 2 glasses it is worth doing. The service was attentive and we were well looked after. The scones were a little cold. Regarding the food offering on its own - it was fine, of average quality I would say in comparison to other 4 or 5 star hotels, however coupled with the ambiance and service it made for a delightful experience that I would recommend.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best experience of afternoon tea I have ever had. The food was scrumptious and the ambience was incredible.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a champagne afternoon tea for two as a surprise for my girlfriends birthday. It was an absolutely fabulous experience and did not disappoint. It was exactly the quality, ambience and delivery of service I’d hoped for and she was thrilled. Made her birthday a wonderful day to remember. I have already recommended The Rose Lounge to friends. Just lovely.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Afgernoon Tea

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AD
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The harpistwas absent and the waiter was barely there constantly disappearing
. Without the harpistthe atmosphere was pretty flat and thefoodwas justoka. I feel pretty disappointed

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y
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Afternoon Tea. Nice place. Elegant. Good tea and food.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really lovely room and friendly staff. The sandwiches for the high tea were good enough but the scones were just okay. The cakes were really good but there was a limit of two per person - other high teas have been more generous. Also, £6 for a bottle of water seemed to be a bit excessive.

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful tea room and the harpist was divine. In terms of the location of the room I wish it was in a more secluded area and not as close to the front reception but all else was lovely.

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