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 in London, we pay respect to this classic British tradition whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. We also cater to a range of dietary restrictions and offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal menus. When booking online, please note dietary requirements in the 'special requests' section. Our delicious Afternoon Tea can now be ordered directly to your home.

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?

Royal 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.

Royal Afternoon Tea: £70 per person or £90 with Champagne
Available as Traditional, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal or Gluten-Free
(Please make the team aware of dietary requirements at the point of booking)
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

Please note that our Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea is not available on the 6th of May

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). 

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View our menus

Our Royal Afternoon Tea is inspired by the flavours and orchards of the Royal household.

We kindly request that you book online. This is the easiest and most efficient way to reserve your table and it displays our most up-to-date offers and availability. We are also able to accommodate dietary requests and make arrangements for special occasions through our online booking system.

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

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3rd - 9th of April

Easter Afternoon Tea

Easter is the perfect holiday for something sweet, and this year we are sparing no extravagance. Alongside our delicious Royal Afternoon Tea, savour an Easter themed pastry sure to make your heart sing.

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

Please note that our Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea is not available on the 6th of May

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 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.