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The Rose Lounge, Sofitel St James, London,

The Rose Lounge, Sofitel St James

4.5
4.5
357 Reviews
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
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.

Inspired by the Hotel’s French origins mixed with British influence,
The Rose Lounge brings a mix of classic French flavors whilst also moving away from the standard concept of finger sandwiches by introducing something different to the savory offering with dishes such as aubergine and feta tart or shrimp beignet with lemon mayonnaise.

This theme continues on the sweet side, with a twist on the classic afternoon tea with a chocolate salted caramel and praline délice, Followed by a strawberry and basil tartlet and a lemon madeleine.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 9:00 am–6:30 pm Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    020 7747 2200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Lerrick Coelho
  • Neighborhood
    St. James's
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross stations
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • A Taste of Spring; A French-Inspired Afternoon Tea

    £70.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Step into our Rose Lounge where the charm of French sophistication meets the quintessential British afternoon tea tradition. Our new menu has a French Twist which promises a memorable experience. Taking your finely cut sandwiches to another level with brioche, croissant, and mille-feuille. Sip and savour from a curated selection of over 20 varieties of loose-leaf teas, each paired perfectly to elevate your experience and complement the offerings crafted by our Head Pastry Chef, Lerrick Coelho. For those seeking an extra spark, add a bubbly note to your afternoon with a glass of Champagne, transforming your experience into a celebration of elegance.
    A Taste of Spring; A French-Inspired Afternoon Tea Photo
  • Children's Afternoon Tea

    £40.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our Children’s afternoon tea includes a playful and theatrical experience for the little ones. With smoothies, finger sandwiches and a biscuit canvas with edible paint, The Rose Lounge ensures there is no age limit to enjoy grown-up traditions.
    Children's Afternoon Tea Photo
  • Vegan Afternoon Tea

    £70.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a Vegan Afternoon Tea at The Rose Lounge. Featuring freshly baked scones served with vegan cream, vegan cheese, and cucumber on spinach bread and an array of desserts.
    Vegan Afternoon Tea Photo

What 357 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

357 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ramona was an excellent added value to the experience… enjoyed chatting with her and her colleague. Thanks

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  2. Jackie

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Staff were beyond courteous. Well worth the trip!!!

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  3. Natalia

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely tea service. I thought the finger sandwiches were a bit underwhelming (desserts were great, so save a lot of room), and it’s not as cool of a spot as some other teas in London. Service was friendly and attentive, and the teas were good.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service is outstanding. But, the food. Its so overpriced and yet bland and boring. And If you pay 80 pounds, i expect more than i quarter of a muffin.

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  5. Kevin

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lighting was low, the room was quiet, it was all quite relaxing as the food was excellent. We really enjoyed the attention and atmosphere. The staff were superb.

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  6. RoshaniP

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the afternoon tea and service was excellent and lovely staff.

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  7. SimonH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special place to have afternoon tea with someone special. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. Not the cheapest afternoon tea but well worth every penny.

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  8. Incogniro

    London

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was far too slow, which impacts how much can order. Not to the standard expected at sofitel.

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  9. Kblue79

    Glasgow

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful afternoon tea. Lovely surroundings, delicious champagne, food and tea. The children’s afternoon tea was genuinely delightful - our 5 yo was thrilled! Staff were faultless and incredibly welcoming. The only star I’ve dropped was down to the wait between courses. It was too long for us all, and particularly for a little one. Other than that, this was the first afternoon tea experience I’ve ever actually enjoyed! I always find it a bit disappointing or style over substance. But this one was fab - I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    For the same price afternoon tea why not go to mandarin oriental or savoy?

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful spot in the Sofitel for afternoon tea. Decor, dishes, silverware were all what you expect for a nice afternoon

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  12. LP23

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food but not the best value for your money. Could offer more servings of the savory sandwiches. But was pleased with the cakes, tea, and scones.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So much fun and great food. The kids absolutely loved the experience and the ambiance. Lots of rich, sweet desserts really good.

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  14. amyl1148

    Essex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a lovely time with our two little girls yesterday, the staff were so kind and friendly and the setting was beautiful. The food was delicious would definitely recommend :)

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  15. robertj

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was impeccable, welcoming and attentive. Food was delicious, savory was preferred but the sweet items were excellent just rich.

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  16. Anonymous

    Dallas

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and wonderful customer service too!

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  17. FoodieSF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very memorable Christmas Day experience. The staff were lovely.

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  18. KonstantinaK

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The place is really nice decorated. Me and my friend, we have arrived in the restaurant, half an house earlier, we have been told by the reception that our table will be ready in 5min, however we where waiting in the lounge for at least 30 min. Food was good, for the price that we paid we did expect to have refile of sandwiches ( which they had a canape style, rather a traditional finger sandwich), however we have been told that the the sandwiches are not refillable, we where very disappointed. Service overall was good we have been served by Anna and Eleanna, which both made our experience much better. Both been super helpful, Anna was super knowledgeable about the teas and help us with our choices. If the reception was a bit more attentive the total total would be 5 star. Also to mention, that through the festive period the had live music with flute and guitar with made the atmosphere very nice and festive. Thanks once again the service ladies that really make this place nice, however I wouldn't go back.

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  19. GeorgeS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance was incredible. The staff is very attentive and friendly.

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  20. VivianeP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Très belle lounge, intime, atmosphère cosy La succession de plats est imposante et délicieuse Les serveuses sont très agréables Je recommande vivement cet endroit

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  21. NLane

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked a table for 17.30 but when I arrived the reception staff did not find it at first and when I showed my booking they found it under evening meal. Basically it was too late for afternoon tea and too late to order anything as the place closed at 18.00. I therefore had to move my guests to the restaurant which was too expensive for what I had initially planned for my young guests.

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  22. Dgfff

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an issue with our taxi service and we arrived late. Staff was friendly, understanding and attentive. I would like to highlight specially the service and attention provided by the staff at the tea room. One of his members was great and even prepared a ginger and lemon tea for my friend’s throat. I would definitely go back again and recommend it.

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  23. Anonymous

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Small room which is lovely, and food was good, one of the sandwiches wasn’t very fresh but tasted nice. No one took our jackets so we had to leave them on the backs of chairs/on the floor which wasn’t great. But staff were quite friendly if a little slow

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  24. Joey1234

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning festive afternoon tea with the family. Food is of the very highest standard. Amazing experience

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  25. AlisonH

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, imaginative food served with great professionalism.

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  26. Chachi

    Montreal

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service

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  27. caraf

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at the Rose lounge. Beautifully done and service excellent. Couldn’t fault it and would bring friends back again

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  28. SuzanneC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Une expérience inusité et remarquable. Tout était à la hauteur de mes attentes

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday celebration

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  30. Charles

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marvellous time there during a hot 2022 summer afternoon. Food was exquisite, food service wares at the same level. The room itself is lovely, cosy, luxurious without ostentation. A double bass live music fitted the atmosphere. But what we mostly reminisce about with my wife was the perfect service, by the room manager and her team of waiters and waitresses. Caring, smiling, agreeable, with the right amount of strict professionalism and genuine warmth. We had a few good laugh with the team while being served expertly. They deserve this praise!

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  31. HelenC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience was nice, service was good as expected. However the food arrived really slowly (by courses) with a temporary halt of 25 mins. We have not reached the sweets up until 75 minutes from arrival.

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  32. JoMi

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Afternoon tea at the Rose Lounge was a an absolute treat. The food was unique and delicious, the style of afternoon tea was also unique, the setting was beautiful and peaceful and service (thanks to Olivia and Emilia) was fantastic! We were raving about the experience for a long time after we left. Highly recommended.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely delightful experience with an interesting and delicious menu. We were told to expect 2 hours for the full experience and that's what it was. Knowing that, we planned for a leisurely afternoon and enjoyed each course with the personable staff.

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  34. DanielK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very horrible food. We couldn’t even eat most of it. We only tried to figure out what it was. We were given a 50% refund because we didn’t except all the courses

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  35. VictoriaM

    Morelos

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately we had a dismal experience, which was really surprising as Sofitel is one of mu preferred brands. The food we got to eat was ok but nothing special. But what was really disturbing was the lack of attention and indifferent service we got. The tea went cold, the time between one course and the next was eternal, and we had to eventually ask for our scones to be boxed for takeaway. The same happened to a table nearby. We were only 3 tables so no logical reason for being as we were. No rudeness, just blatant indifference.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was lovely, room was beautiful. This was our third time to the rose lounge. We had a lovely harpist last time that we missed this time. We wish the servers would have been a bit more attentive. To pour our water etc. but everything was very nice!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, peaceful experience in a wonderful ambient, with an amazing stuff. Such a great experience.

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  38. KrisM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a marvelous experience at The Rose Lounge. The ambience was spectacular, the service superb, the food exquisite. While the price is high, I would highly recommend as this is a special place worthy of a splurge.

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  39. KrisV

    Belgium

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent experience, friendly staff, superb food, one to recommend 👌

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely my best afternoon tea experience by far. The Rose Lounge is beautiful, the food was outstanding and the lady that was taking care of us was second to none. The cakes blew me away, the design, the detail and taste was 1st class. I can't recommend this enough, you won't be disappointed. A big thank you to the waitress, we couldn't of been looked after any better

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FAQs

The Rose Lounge, Sofitel St James is rated 4.5 stars by 357 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Rose Lounge, Sofitel St James

6 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AN

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    St. James's
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 9:00 am–6:30 pm Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross stations
  • Payment options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lerrick Coelho
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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