Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea overlooking Buckingham Palace

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Royal Afternoon Tea

There is no better place to enjoy traditional English Afternoon Tea than sitting back in our Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace or our opulently designed English Grill. The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by our talented pastry chef Sarah Houghting, who produces the freshest pastries and cakes for our guests to enjoy. Sarah also recently competed in Bake Off: The Professionals on Channel 4.

With a reputation as one of the best Afternoon Teas in London, as well as one of the best Vegan Afternoon Teas in London, we pay respect to this classic British tradition whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. We cater to a range of dietary restrictions and offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal menus. When booking online, please note any dietary requirements in the 'special requests' section. 

Please be advised we do require 24 hours notice to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free Afternoon Tea requests. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate both vegan and gluten-free, or gluten-free and egg-free preferences, but we are more than happy to provide alternative options from our diverse menu selection.

Why not enjoy Afternoon Tea from the comfort of your home with our order or collection service?


14th November - 1st January 2024

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea

Expect a scrumptious feast of cakes, pastries, and seasonal flavours that pay tribute to the long-standing English tradition of Afternoon Tea, including a glass of mulled wine and if you're dining on Christmas Day, a glass of Champagne. Set against the tranquil backdrop of live piano music in either The English Grill or The Palace Lounge.

Timings: 12 to 5pm; every Saturday from 12 to 6pm. 

Prices: £82 per adult, including a glass of mulled wine (non-alcoholic mulled wine is available); add a glass of champagne: £102; bottomless champagne: £127; £35 children under 12

Christmas Day prices: £105 per adult including a glass of champagne; £55 children under 12

Pre-payment is required

Christmas Cocktail at the rubens

Available from 1st December

New York bar festive Cocktail

The New York Bar proudly presents Santa's Sipper, a heartwarming festive cocktail expertly crafted with a blend of brandy, amaretto, angostura bitters, egg white, and a touch of apple juice. Exclusively available this festive season, it's a delightful cocktail that captures the spirit of Christmas.

Price: £19

Seasonal Winter Chai Tea Gift Tin

This festive season, enjoy our new and exclusive Winter chai tea blend. Infused with harmonious blends of spicy and sweet cinnamon, it's the perfect warming beverage for a cold winter's day.

Exclusively available for pre-order, you can purchase the Winter chai tea blend when dining with us or from the Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel.

Price: £15 per tin - limited stock available

Afternoon Tea


Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea: £82 per person (includes one glass of alcoholic or non-alcoholic mulled wine). Available between 14th November – 2nd January 2024

Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea: £127 per person (£115 per person from January 3rd 2024)

Champagne Afternoon Tea: £102 per person

Halal Sparkling So Jenny Afternoon Tea: £99 per person

Vegan Champagne Afternoon Tea: £102 per person

Little Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea: £35 per child under 12

Collection/delivery: Pre-order by 8 pm for collection the next day. Collection is free of charge; deliveries will incur a fee (must be a London address). 

We are unable to accommodate both vegan and gluten-free, or gluten-free and egg-free preferences; we are more than happy to provide alternative options from our menu.

Should you have any further queries, please get in touch with us at

Rubens at the Palace background

Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea

Enjoy an exceptional Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea in our Palace Lounge, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.

Delicious vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free alternatives are available.

Price: £127 per person between 14th November 2023 – 2nd January 2024 and £115 per person from January 3rd 2024

Maximum seating time: 1.5 hours

Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan & halal Afternoon Tea

We will be delighted to accommodate your Afternoon Tea with any special dietary requirements that you and your guests may have.

If requested, we will ensure there are no nuts in the Afternoon Tea offering; however, our food is produced in an environment where nuts are used, and we cannot guarantee that our food is 100% free from nuts or nut traces.

Our Afternoon Tea is prepared fresh daily; therefore, we request 24-hours notice for any allergies or dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free requests. 

Afternoon Tea parties

The Rubens Hotel is pleased to welcome guests celebrating a special occasion be this a birthday, anniversary, hen party or Christmas party. Parties can be held in the Palace Lounge for up to eight guests (subject to availability); for parties larger in number, we are delighted to offer one of our private rooms or the English Grill which can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Our dedicated events team will be available to guide you through organising your party and you will have the opportunity to discuss pre-ordering drinks, room decorations, seating layout and additional experiences such as Sabrage or our coveted Golden Tips Experience.

Afternoon Tea is available from £70 per person / £82 per person between 14th November 2023 – 2nd January 2024.

Baby showers

Celebrate your baby shower at the Rubens Hotel in one of our private hire rooms. Share this joyous occasion with your loved ones and enjoy a baby shower-themed Afternoon Tea. Priced from £70 per person or £82 per person between November 14th, 2023, and January 2nd, 2024.

Available for delivery & collection

Afternoon Tea collections

With the option to have our sumptuous Afternoon Tea either delivered or collected, you can now enjoy our delectable selection of pastries, cakes, and mini finger sandwiches from the comfort of your own home (or any other location suited to your desire). Simply visit the link below, select your Afternoon Tea, and immerse yourself in the most decadent of treats.

Golden Tips Tea

Enjoy our freshly baked scones, pastries and finger sandwiches alongside Ceylon Golden Tips, in partnership with specialist tea merchants PMD Tea.

With white-glove service, this delicate tea is weighed with precision at The Rubens using golden scales; each tip is placed into the silver teapot individually with golden tweezers. The tea, which is showcased in a mahogany box lined with velvet, is infused with still mineral water to produce an extraordinary liquor and a smooth, light and mellow texture, with hints of fruity notes.

Offer: Purchase our Golden Tips voucher for £500 for two people, which includes a bottle of Lanson Champagne (750ml) that will be sabred at your table.