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 diningrb@rchmail.com

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

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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.

Sample menus

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.

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 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

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.

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 on the 6th of May 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.

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