A ritual fit for royalty
Please note: From 26th July until 1st September, Afternoon Tea service will not be available.
There is no better place to enjoy this traditional English occasion than sitting back in our Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Our tea was recently commended in the 2019 Afternoon Tea Awards.
The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by our talented pastry chef Sarah, producing the freshest pastries and cakes for our guests to enjoy. With a reputation as one of the best in London, we pay respect to the tradition of Afternoon Tea whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. We also cater for a range of dietary restrictions.
Browse our range of Afternoon Tea gift vouchers, the perfect treat for someone special.
Our Afternoon Teas
Discover the exquisite Golden Tips tea
We serve our Royal Afternoon Tea in London’s most regal location, overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Adding to this already illustrious experience, we are now exclusively serving our freshly baked scones, pastries and finger sandwiches alongside Ceylon Golden Tips, in partnership with specialist tea merchants PMD Tea.
This rare tea is produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka and sold for an unprecedented price of £10,12 s. 6d per lb in 1891 – today, that would equate to £1,260 per lb.
Fully handcrafted and skilfully handpicked by expert tea pluckers at sunset in Sri Lanka, the velvety, silvery tips are carefully turned into gold and sundried on a velvet cloth.
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.
To complete this unique experience, you will be offered a glass of Champagne on arrival and enjoy a Royal Afternoon Tea.
Price: £500 (Includes a glass of Champagne and Royal Afternoon Tea, one stand per serving)
Afternoon Tea Parties - Groups of 10+
Afternoon Tea is very popular for celebrations, especially for those catching up with friends, hosting a baby shower, birthday or bridal showers. And where better to celebrate than close to Buckingham Palace, which has also enjoyed the excitement of weddings and babies in recent times! We are very pleased to welcome groups of more than 10 guests to enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Rubens between 2.30pm and 5pm for £40 per person or add some sparkle with a Champagne Afternoon Tea for £50 per person. Please note we are unable to accommodate groups in The Palace Lounge. Our latest offering is our Elegant Bridal Shower Experiences which will be hosted in our lovely Leopard Bar. Please call us on +44 (0) 20 7834 6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book.
Little Prince and Princess Tea
We believe everyone should enjoy Afternoon Tea, so we have adapted our traditional menu to suit every little Prince and Princess. Treats include freshly made bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, selected pastries and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea or soft drink.
£19 per child | Available for children under the age of 12 years
If you are staying with us, your children can even have their own Master Chef Experience in the art of pastry making!
Royal Afternoon Tea
Our delicious Afternoon Tea features mouth-watering pastries that were heavily influenced by the House of Windsor, and especially inspired by Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens will leave you feeling like royalty. Delicious Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free alternatives are available.
To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to reserve a table.
£45 per person | £63 with a glass of Champagne
Discover some of our favourites:
Fruit from the Queen’s Orchard: Grown in The Queen’s orchards at Windsor Castle, the fruit flavours will change seasonally.
Crown Jewels: Our Earl Grey infused mousse Crown Jewels are a homage to Her Majesty, The Queen’s love for tea and especially Earl Grey tea.
Seasonal Rubens Éclair: Inspired by Prince Charles’ sustainability farming.
Special dietary restrictions
We will be delighted to accommodate your Afternoon Tea with any special dietary restrictions that you and your guests may have, including vegetarian sandwiches, gluten free breads, pastries and scones. If requested, please note that we will endeavour to ensure that there are no nuts in the Afternoon Tea offering – however all products are 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 restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free requests.