Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough

4.6
292 Reviews
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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
Whether for a special celebration, or simply the pleasure of a very English ritual performed with unparalleled attention to detail, afternoon tea at The Lanesborough is an occasion to be treasured.

Multiple winner of the UK Tea Council’s Award of Excellence, and served daily in the majestic, naturally-lit surroundings of the hotel’s Venetian michelin-starred dining room, Céleste, afternoon tea presents freshly-baked scones, thick, velvety clotted cream and home-made fruit preserves, served with all the beloved trimmings.

As the piano plays in the background, the hotel’s tea sommelier will be delighted to guide guests with their selection and introduce the expertly selected range of teas.
Gluten free, wheat free and dairy free alternatives are available and require 24 hours’ notice. Diabetic and vegan option can be offered with a 48 hour notice
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JasmineS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, favourite afternoon tea so far.

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live2eat
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, and the food was superb! Really lovely get together for ladies that lunch!

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vipEpicurean
London
150 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays. Restaurant was full but with adequate specs between tables. Menu option available online or paper version in request. All staff wore masks. Afternoon tea was ordered with choice of teas. Service impeccable. Refills were generous. Sandwiches were delicately flavoured. Scones were one fruit and one plain served with strawberry preserve (runny) and clotted cream. Butter was available on request. Didn’t have room for many of the cakes but they look delightful.

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AnnaB
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place to spend your afternoon on a windy September Sunday! Enjoyed it a lot.

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vipMariaS
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely experience in every way. Great atmosphere. Attentive service. Lovely food.

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vipStephanieB
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for thematic afternoon tea, adding a bit to the traditional experience. Staff was great, they were happy to re-open after the months of lockdown. I went just a couple of days once they were opened again and the place was spectacular, the menu great and the service quite friendly. Great overall experience!

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vipJM166
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This was a little disappointing compared to our previous visit. Feels like standards have slipped. The service was sluggish and generally impersonal / inattentive. I had confirmed food restrictions over the phone the day prior, so the team on the day should know and restate that, not ask us again, otherwise what's the point? The room is beautiful (but very busy / touristy on Sat PM) and while the sandwiches were average with little presentational effort apparent, the cakes were excellent and beautifully displayed.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very good quality of the food and beverages. The interior was extraordinary!

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DIVA
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food1service5ambience5

It was a huge disappointment because the whole CONCEPT OF ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA got lost in the presentation ..... there was too much emphasis on fancy looking savouries and sweets.
English Tea must have proper traditional finger sandwiches followed by cakes. Since it was Xmas there should have been a slice of Xmas cake and a small mince pie and not little fancies full of cream which did not taste of anything. This was a bit like “ too many frills and no skirt”.
I am very sorry but please bring back the traditional Aftetnoon Tea .... let’s not loose the tradition. Thank you.

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KellyBeajames89
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

So disappointed with having no sandwiches at our afternoon tea. I had to send the scones back 3 times as under cooked

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing classic afternoon tea experience. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and warm staff. Attentive without being intrusive. Food was delicious and just the right amount. Beautiful tea room with a lovely ambience, it was busy but it didn’t feel overcrowded and we were not rushed at all. A minor issue that I notified to our server was very quickly addressed and we received a complimentary glass of champagne. A nice relaxing afternoon - would recommend, and will visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

60 birthday celebration

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Ianmc
N. Ireland
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent start to finish, as good as the Ritz without the same number of people - much more intimate and welcoming

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vipDadaLondon
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

It's not the same afternoon tea than before refurbishments.
It's not a real British afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones.
Now it's with Arabic recipes and I was very disappointed.
I wouldn't recommend to a friend and I wouldn't come back another time.

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AlastairM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I have been several times to The Lanesborough for afternoon tea. The setting is beautiful with a pianist and a stunning room for afternoon tea. Whilst the atmosphere was excellent, I found the experience on this occasion to be quite disappointing. Service was fairly inattentive, with a requested high chair missing from the table and it took almost an hour for the first food to appear. When the food came we were disappointed that the selection of high tea sandwiches has now been replaced with a selection of canapés which are interesting, but not on par with what was offered previously. They have also cut down on the tea menu (in terms of the varieties of typical tea). I was also shocked that the tea was not replenished during the sitting, whereas the waitress was quite happy to ask if we needed to replenish champagne. Personally I think the changes made are for the worse and the quality of service needs to come back to where it was if they are to make it as special as it once was.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room was beautiful and the food was delicious! It felt great to get pampered!

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BackpackerGirl
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tea we had on this visit to London. The food is very good and what a beautiful setting...not to be missed.

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vipFionaM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Terribly overrated, overpriced afternoon tea.

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AndrewC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of all the afternoon tea experiences I have had, this was beyond doubt the best. The food w as not the “standard” set of sandwiches, the cakes were a delight, the service attentive but not intrusive and the ambience TOP class. My family and I all had a splendid tea and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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mush
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough was amazing! We went for my Dad's birthday and the staff catered to our needs. Lovely food and atmosphere.

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vipRhonda
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Afternoon tea at the Lanesborough is one of our favorite London traditions! This visit was our first since the amazing renovation. The Celeste Restaurant is beautiful, a tranquil place for time together. Service was excellent too. Food is more gourmet than it used to be, and we prefer finger sandwiches more than canapés to start tea. Lovely experience, so we will return!

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AndreaR
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, attentive service and very tasty food made for a very nice experience.

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vipEdndeb
Houston
79 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at afternoon tea was outstanding including some of the most excellent service we have ever received. Loved that we were able to order a second plate of savories. When we go back to London, we will definitely consider having tea here again. Was also nice that it was an easy walk from Harrods.

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WassimD
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, Good food, Polite people , put no chocolate sweet!!!?

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RobynW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a hard choice in choosing which high tea to go to during a recent trip to London. I'm extremely glad we chose The Lanesborough as the charm of the dining room was equally matched by the warmth of the staff. The food was a perfect amount and each tiny treat was delicious.

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AlexG
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sandwiches have been replaced by a new savoury selection, which was a nice change. Service unobtrusive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely...

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FoodDelight
London
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went with a friend to afternoon tea. The room is lovely and filled with natural light. The service was reasonable and friendly but there was no offer to top up tea with hot water or if we required anything else. Although the food was nicely presented, we found the sweet treats a bit too sweet and were not able to get through a few.

Very comfortable spot and relaxing but also not very many there on a Sunday lunchtime.

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Trineadge2
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was superb overall. The savory was short of completely satisfactory when compared to the sweet, but overall this was a fantastic experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambiente molto elegante, servizio eccellente, prezzo molto elevato.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great of space .
So blingbling .
Service was o.k no up graded

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Madame
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall is good. You can refill only the savory. The salmon bun was so amazing.
However, I wasn’t satisfied with the service.
I think the restaurant should have more staffs. It took me a long time to call them and that’s really annoying.

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Lotus2019
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautiful ambience but rather pricey with a sting in the tail.

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sums
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambience and decor of the Celeste dining area for the afternoon tea was beautiful. Service was polite but not hugely attentive. The afternoon tea was slightly unusual in that the menu is small savouries rather than just sandwiches which is a nice change. The sweet choices were some small pastries and some scones. Overall it’s a nice venue but I’ve been to better afternoon teas in London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Stunning ambience with beautiful decor and live piano playing. The service was lovely. Definitely a treat.

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vipammara
London
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous

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vipMary
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous environment. Magnificent sweets. The coronation chicken sandwich - ❤️! Fabulous tea and wonderful service. Elegant and lovely.

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vipMeddlesomeMom
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Excellent service. Celeste is a jewel—remembering us from a previous visit and making certain our Birthday event received special care-including my request for Cole Porter tunes being played by the accomplished pianist that afternoon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Afternoon tea was beyond amazing; the Coronation Chicken was out of this world! Not to mention the scones were flavorful and moist; topped them with the strawberry preserves and clotted cream and I was in heaven. Will highly recommend this as the top spot for Afternoon tea to friends visiting London! Truly luxury at its finest.

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Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough is rated 4.6 stars by 292 OpenTable diners.

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