Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
There is no better place to enjoy this traditional English occasion than sitting back in our Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.
The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by our talented pastry chef Sarah, producing the freshest pastries and cakes for our guests to enjoy. With a reputation as one of the best in London, we pay respect to the tradition of Afternoon Tea whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. We also cater for a range of dietary requirements

Specials

Champagne Royal Afternoon Tea: £62pp

...enjoy a royal afternoon tea with a glass of Lanson Black Label Champagne.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: January 6, 2020

Ends: March 19, 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-5:00PM
Mon-Fri 12:00PM-4:30PM
Sat 12:00PM-5:00PM

Royal Afternoon Tea (£45) with Little Prince and Princess Tea (£19)

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: January 6, 2020

Ends: March 19, 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-5:00PM
Mon-Fri 12:00PM-4:30PM
Sat 12:00PM-5:00PM

Winter Wonderland Christmas Day Afternoon Tea: £75

£75 per adult and £19 for children under 12 years old

The Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea includes delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and exquisite seasonal cakes and pastries.

Includes two glasses of Lanson Champagne for those over 18yrs

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: December 25, 2019

Ends: December 25, 2019

Availability: Wed 12:00PM-5:00PM

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea: £55

£55 per adult and £19 for children under 12 years old

The Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea includes delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and exquisite seasonal cakes and pastries.

Includes unlimited mulled wine for those over 18yrs

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: November 18, 2019

Ends: January 5, 2020

Availability: Sun-Fri 12:00PM-5:00PM
Sat 12:00PM-6:00PM

Golden Tips Tea Experience: £500pp

...enjoy this special experience with white glove service and a glass of Champagne on arrival. Includes an afternoon tea stand.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: November 4, 2019

Ends: November 30, 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-5:00PM
Mon-Fri 12:00PM-4:30PM
Sat 12:00PM-5:00PM

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

The Leopard Bar: Join us in The Leopard Bar for Champagne & Sushi Sharing Stand with live jazz band and singer at a £130 for two guests. Booking essential, pre-payment required at booking stage.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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B
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mum to Rubens at the Palace for the Royal Afternoon Tea on her birthday and it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon. The service and food was amazing, would definitely recommend this afternoon tea, prices are reasonable for what you get and the view of Buckingham Palace is pretty special!

OT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely welcome and the team really looked after us. They were articulate in informing us on the menus and what we were to expect. The team even gave my step daughter a birthday cake!!

Thanks so much for a great experience we will definitely be coming back! :)

KM
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Afternoon tea was a delight. Service was good and didn’t rush us. Cakes were really light and delicious. Room is really beautiful, we had a really lovely time and would recommend.

JF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Gluten Free afternoon tea I have e or had....and I have had quite a few. Delicious food, wonderful staff who were friendly and attentive. Plenty of food with more if you wanted it and copious amounts of tea.

JD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Afternoon Tea was absolutely fabulous. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding.

SH
New York Area
368 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go hungry! I treated myself to afternoon tea after a visit to the Queens Gallery and Royal Mews. Thought it might be a bit awkward having afternoon tea alone but not at all thanks to a warm and friendly staff who treated me like I was royalty! The food was amazing —totally, totally a British experience in a lovely room and perfect location.

HC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was treated like royalty! Excellent service from arrival to leaving. Amazing array of food. I had emailed a few days before with my food allergies, not long after being shown to our table the manager reared off from memory my list of allergies & explained what I couldn't eat. Excellent choice of superior teas & also a choice of champagne. 5*

MM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Our second time here and somehow the experience has changed. We loved our first visit, expanse of teas, bubbly staff and no rush. Now you get a very small selection of tea and we could only have the table for a set time. The cakes came out and I would expect enough for one of each choice per person as that is what we are ultimately paying for, but we had to ask for extra cake. This wasn't a problem to the staff but we shouldn't have needed to ask. A very lovely afternoon tea but the atmosphere now somehow feels rather stuffy and contrived.

JT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is beautiful with a great view of the Royal Mews. The room is elegant and the service is wonderful. It was a lovely experience for a first time afternoon tea for three teenage American boys. They loved it.

g
London
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food2service5ambience3

We had 2 adults’ afternoon and 1 little prince one. I was quite disappointed that we only had one cake each to share rather than individual cakes each, and that the little prince tea didn’t come with its own little stand of cakes and sandwiches. I think this would have been much nicer, and would have felt like a real treat for children.
On the plus side, the service was excellent - the waitress who served us was really friendly and catered to our needs without being too intrusive (there was no hovering around us). Moreover, the scones were particularly delicious, especially the choc chip ones. The Queen’s jammy dodger was also lovely and deliciously crumbly.
We were also able to take some of the leftover cakes home, which I really appreciated.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience but I think a few things could be improved so as to make the experience truly special!

A
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Afternoon tea!

JN
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Palace Lounge for Afternoon Tea. The service provided was second to none! As a group of Muslim diners, we have special dietary requirements, to which the restaurant catered to our every need. They even provided us with a lovely room to pray. This is the second time I have visited the restaurant, and needless to say I would love to visit again in the future. Highly recommend!

E
London
68 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A table in the window, outstanding service, some lovely treats both sweet and savoury, delicious Champagne and a few complimentary add-ons along the way made the afternoon particularly memorable. After the tea we adjourned to the bar for a couple more drinks whilst enjoying the performance of a talented singer. An altogether great experience.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Il rito del the accompagnato da tramezzini (discreti) e dolci

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SB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my goddaughter here for afternoon tea and it was excellent. The princess (kids) afternoon tea was great and the staff were all excellent at making her feel really special. Would recommend to anyone!

TD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthday while in London on holiday from US

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the presentation was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful. However, we felt it was expensive compared to other places in London and other cities in UK. We couldn't see what justified the extra cost. However, however, we will probably go back on a future visit to London.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I had booked via open table and left a special request to mention it was my mums birthday. However when arriving they had no record of my booking even though open table had sent me 2 confirmation emails. Thankfully they seated us.
The food was average and the whole experience was spoiled.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made very welcoming. Excellent facilities, outstanding food and service at a very competitive price. Not rushed and staff very attentive. Would highly recommend afternoon tea and hope to come again.