Afternoon Tea at Café Royal
Traditional or contemporary, the choice is yours...
We are very proud to offer two very different experiences at Hotel Cafe Royal. The first being our Van Gogh afternoon tea served in the Oscar Wilde Lounge (formerly The Grill Room Est. 1865) and the second coming courtesy of Michelin starred chef, Albert Adrià who has designed his Sweet Afternoon Bubbles menu, a contemporary alternative to the traditional afternoon tea experience.
Van Gogh Afternoon Tea
Hotel Café Royal has partnered with ‘Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience’, a 360º digital art exhibition in London that invites you to step into the awe-inspiring universe of Van Gogh. The bespoke menu has been designed by our award winning Head Pastry chef Michael Kwan to take you on a magical tasting journey through Van Gogh's most famous art works. From the savoury options to the sweet delicacies, as well as the unique selection of cocktails and tea, every element of the afternoon tea takes inspiration from him. Served in the stunning Oscar Wilde Lounge, formally known as The Grill (Est.1865) which welcomed famed patrons from royalty, celebrity and the creative.
Available Thursday to Sunday, served from 12.00pm until 5.30pm.
Sweet Afternoon Bubbles Experience
Cakes & Bubbles by the ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef’, Albert Adrià, offers a parade of exceptional desserts and pastries alongside a wide selection of Champagne and sparkling wines. Enjoy a truly unique contemporary take on the afternoon tea experience. We are now delivering sweet treats to your home, click here to to view our menu and order.
Cakes & Bubbles is currently available for delivery or collection. If staying at the hotel in-room dining is availble duing your stay. The Cakes & Bubbles experience is available 2pm to 6pm daily with signature desserts available throughout the day.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea
Hotel Café Royal is launching a quintessentially 'royal' afternoon tea experience to celebrate the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee this summer. From sandwiches inspired by the royal residences to sweet delicacies that replicate the Queen's favourite fashion accessories, each and every element of the afternoon tea have been inspired by her Majesty and her historic reign of over 70 years.
Served in the stunning, Grade II listed Oscar Wilde Lounge, which is decorated with mirrored walls, ornate gold detailing and painted ceilings and has welcomed royalty in the past, including Princess Diana, it is the perfect venue for such a royal affair!
Launching on the 26th May 2022 and priced at £70 per person or £80 with a glass of N.V Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne. VIEW MENU.
Afternoon Tea Etiquette Experiences
Afternoon tea can be a manners minefield, but after this most elegant and educational of experiences, you’ll know all the answers and never worry again. These etiquette afternoon tea masterclasses are set in the refined splendour of one of central London’s best tea salons, the Grade II listed Oscar Wilde Lounge. You will hear the tinkling notes of a grand piano underscoring your tutor’s extensive knowledge as they guide you through the quirky nuances of English tea etiquette. These exclusive sessions will be hosted by William Hanson, Director of The English Manner, a leading etiquette and protocol institute.
During the etiquette masterclass, you'll delight in our Queen's Jubilee afternoon tea, a carefully crafted menu of unique sandwiches, scones, delicacies, cakes and savouries inspired by the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Available on the 21st June, 26th July, 30th August, 27th September & 25th October
The Café Royal VIPPs - Very Important Past Patrons
Since its inception, the Café Royal has long been the place to be seen, and if the walls of this Grade II listed building could talk, the stories would be inspirational, magical, and most importantly, endless. Countless figureheads of society have walked through the doors of the Café Royal, from politicians and writers to musicians and royalty, each with their own stamp on history.
Some of our most iconic past patrons continue to inspire the Hotel Café Royal even today, their legacies a consistent reminder of our illustrious past and foundations as a London landmark. To us, these individuals are more than just historical icons, but rather, our VIPPs – our Very Important Past Patrons, that is.
Group Afternoon Tea
Whether you're celebrating a hen party, baby shower or birthday celebration, do so with a traditional afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal. We can cater to groups of up to 30 guests in the Grade II listed and ornately decorated Oscar Wilde Lounge and Domino room. Afternoon tea service is accompanied by your choice of more than 20 teas and infusions and a live pianist.
The History of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea has been a part of British life since the early 19th century, filtering down from the aristocracy to be enjoyed by nearly everyone today. Find out how this tradition came into fashion on our blog.
Give the gift of an award-winning afternoon tea experience. Choose from a selection of gifts including traditional afternoon tea, Champagne afternoon tea or Rosé Champagne afternoon tea.
All menus provided are sample menus and pricing is subject to change seasonally. For specific enquiries kindly contact our restaurants team directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 4571 6745
Dress code: Smart/casual
Opening Times & Location
December: opening times are Thursday / Friday / Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 17.30pm
January: opening times are Friday / Saturdays and Sundays only 12noon to 17.30pm
We are happy to cater to your personal dietary requirements. Please notify the team up to 48 hours prior to your booking by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 4571 6745.