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Afternoon Tea

#316 of 17,931 Restaurants in London
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St. James's
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150 Piccadilly | The Ritz Hotel London, London W1J 9BR, England
+44 20 7493 8181
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 am
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun - Sat 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Ritz offers a very average afternoon tea, there are definitely better places in London to spend your money. Don't let the name fool you. While the surroundings might be pretty the service is not. Tea service is provided by a hoard of older gentleman waiters who have clearly been working at the establishment for many years. Experience you would... More 

3 Thank MichelleG1984
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Came to The Ritz with the whole family as a celebration of various events, we had Afternoon Tea with Champagne, on arrival we were amazed by the hotel, the staff were all so helpful and friendly, they pulled our chairs out for us and placed our napkins on our lap, we chose our teas and they were brought to our... More 

Thank Phoebe P
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2014

Had fabulous afternoon tea. This was a 50th birthday treat for Four of us from aged between 16 and 78. Excellent experience from start to finish. All the staff were wonderful from the doorman who was happy to take photos for us and be photographed with us to the very attentive waiting staff. Food as excellent, lots of sandwiches (salmon... More 

1 Thank Tracy G
London, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2014

We have been looking for new venues to celebrate each other's big birthdays, in tandem with the brilliant treats our children arrange for us. I have tried to combine my treats for my wife with great teas in the famous hotels, including the Mount Nelson in Cape Town, the sister hotel Reid's Palace in Madeira and her 70th in the... More 

1 Thank Anthony H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2014

My friend and I decided to go here for a treat as we lovey afternoon tea and thought this would be the pinnacle of afternoon teas. We were not disappointed. The main thing that stands out and what I feel you pay the most amount of money for is how breath-taking the room is that you have it in. The... More 

Thank Dance996
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed July 25, 2014

Having sampled many London Hotels, and outer London Hotels for Afternoon Tea,. I have been to the Ritz 4 times in the last few years. The ambiance was excellent.The poor quality of the Scones,and not being offerred more hot tea,And found it rather strange to have 5 cakes between 4 people.It also felt rushed. It left a lot to be... More 

Thank Itisme72
Solihull, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2014

We booked for afternoon tea about 4 months ago, for my 40th Birthday and my Husbands 50th Birthday. It was everything we thought it would be. Staff were attentive and pleasant. The sandwiches were delicious and the clotted cream scones freshly baked and still warm. We had ordered in advance the Traditional Fruit Cake as a Birthday cake, which we... More 

Thank Karen H
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2014

We was bought this as as christmas present and one of the best presents to be received. This was for afternoon Tea at the Palm Court Ritz Hotel. We were shown to our table very quickly and menu of teas etc already on table to explore. We were asked if would like a glass of champagne which we did and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Arrived at 3pm to be shown to our table in the cosy corner by the fountain and opposite the piano and the harp so that we could enjoy our scones and tea whilst listening to beautiful music. A must for all to try at least once.

Thank dragonflylondon
West Kilbride, United Kingdom
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357 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2014

The attentive waiters, the piano playing in the background and the especially good tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches all contributed to a lovely time. Catered easily for vegetarians and we had a long, relaxed, unhurried experience. The champagne just added the finishing touch.

Thank ladybrr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$64 - $99
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Piccadilly | The Ritz Hotel London, London W1J 9BR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighborhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7493 8181
  • This restaurant is at The Ritz London
A British institution in itself, Tea at The Ritz is proud to be a member of the Tea Council's prestigious Tea Guild. Served in the spectacular Palm Court, a choice of several varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream and a range of delicate pastries, combine to make for an unforgettable afternoon. The luxurious and graceful setting of The Ritz Palm Court is legendary and this is most certainly an opportunity that must be experienced, whether you are visiting London or already live there. Reflecting the elegant nature of the hotel's architecture The Ritz London has a dress code in different areas of the hotel as follows: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie for afternoon tea in The Palm Court and for lunch and dinner in The Ritz Restaurant. In all other areas of the hotel (The Ritz Restaurant breakfast service, The Rivoli Bar, The Long Gallery) and The Ritz Club, smart casual attire is suitable. Please note that trainers or sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotel or Club's restaurants or bars.

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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