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 cannot cater to dietaries that require both gluten-free and dairy-free options.

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

22nd - 27th June

Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea

Inspired by the blooms of the regal Chelsea Flower Show, embrace the springtime sun with a floral-inspired twist on our King's Coronation Afternoon Tea here at The Rubens. Sweet pastries including The Queen Bee pastry are sure to delight, featuring a delicious combination of Yuzu, kumquat, and fennel with an orange blossom honey and almond biscuit base.

Coronation Themed Afternoon Tea

When creating our Afternoon Tea menu, we took our inspiration from the Royal family and Commonwealth. We also incorporated seasonal ingredients such as pears and peaches, inspired by the Royal Orchard and our sustainability goals. Running from 1st May - 1st August, our Royal Afternoon Tea menu will also feature a delightful coronation twist in honour of the official coronation of HM King Charles III.

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Coronation Themed Afternoon Tea: £70 per person; £90 with Champagne
Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea: £115 per person
Halal Sparkling Afternoon Tea:
£87 per person
Vegan Le Green Champagne Afternoon Tea:
£90 per person
Little Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea: £35 per child under 12

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

Please note that we cannot cater to dietaries that require both gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Should you have any further queries, please contact us at

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: £115 per person
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

We are pleased to welcome groups of 10 - 100 guests between 12 noon and 5pm for a Royal Afternoon Tea at £70 per person or for a Champagne Afternoon Tea at £90 per person. 

We will allocate one of our private dining rooms to your group (room hire fees applicable). If you would like to enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Palace Lounge or The English Grill, you must be a smaller group, limited to 8/9 guests.

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.

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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.