Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Enjoy panoramic views of The Royal Mews

The perfect place to start your day while you watch the comings and goings of the royal carriages.

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The Palace Lounge

The Palace Lounge, adjoining the bar, is a magnificent bright open space with panoramic views of The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace - the King's stables. As the royal carriages pass, it is the perfect place to start your day with a morning coffee and a selection of delicious pastries. From 12 noon, elevate your day with a Royal Afternoon Tea experience.

As the day draws to a close, the Palace Lounge is the ideal place to enjoy a light meal or to host a private drinks reception, available for up to 80 people.

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. Our range of Afternoon Teas can also be ordered or collected.

We kindly request that you book online. We are also able to accommodate requests and make arrangements for special occasions through our online booking system. Should you have any further queries, please contact us at 

Afternoon Tea
Crown Illustration

Opening hours

Drinks: Served all day

Afternoon Tea
Monday -  Friday & Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 6pm

Dress code: Smart casual. We respectfully ask guests to refrain from wearing sportswear, flip-flops, and non-tailored shorts. Guest not adhering to the dress code policy will not be permitted entry into our restaurants and bars.

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

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; add a glass of champagne: £102; bottomless champagne: £127; £35 children under 12; Our non-alcoholic or halal Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea is £70. 

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

Pre-payment is required

1st August - 13th November

Royal Afternoon Tea

Savour our Royal Afternoon Tea at the Rubens at The Palace; a delectable assortment of freshly baked scones and delicate finger sandwiches. Our delicate pastries include our signature Crown, made with alpaco dark chocolate mousse, grapefruit confit, & chocolate brownie.

Impeccable service, breathtaking views, and a touch of royal splendour make this Afternoon Tea an unforgettable and quintessentially British affair.

Price: £70 per person; £90 with Champagne

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 a discretionary service charge of 15% will be added at the time of dining.

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.

Please note that a discretionary service charge of 15% will be added at the time of dining.

Afternoon Tea collections & deliveries

With the option to have our sumptuous Afternoon Tea either delivered or collected, you can now enjoy our delectable selection of coronation-themed 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.

Please note that Afternoon Tea Collections must be ordered more than 48 hours in advance. If ordering within this time period, bookings must be requested and accepted in writing via the 'enquire now' button below.

Please note that a discretionary service charge of 15% will be added at the time of dining.

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