Afternoon Tea

A ritual fit for royalty 

Enjoy 20% off your Afternoon Tea for bookings in October and November.

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

Royal Afternoon Tea

Palace Lounge

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.

Price: £38 per person | £56 with a glass of Champagne 
October offer: £30.40 per person | £44.80 with a glass of Champagne (includes 20% off discount)


Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea 

23rd November - 3rd January 2021 

Let the festive spirit begin!

Enjoy unlimited mulled wine alongside your Afternoon Tea, which includes a selection of Christmas and classic pastries.

Price: £49 per adult | £19 per child (under 12 years old)

Christmas Day price: £69 per person | £45 per child (under 17 years old) | £19 per child (under 12 years old).
In-house guests will receive £10 off their booking, must pre-pay.

Our special Christmas Day Afternoon Tea requires pre-payment. 


We can cater for Gluten-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan dietary requirements. Please state your preferences when booking.

Discover the exquisite Golden Tips tea

Golden tips

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).
To secure your booking, a £100 non-refundable deposit is required.


20% off The Golden Tips Experience

Celebrating a special occasion? You can now experience this rare team for less when you purchase our gift voucher.

This truly unique experience includes a Royal Afternoon Tea stand for two people and a bottle of Lanson Champagne (750ml) which will be sabred at your table.

Valid: October - December. Excludes 24th, 25th, 31st in Dec.
Price: £400 for two people (price includes 20% discount)

After purchasing your discounted voucher, you can redeem it via clicking book now and select your chosen date.


Little Prince and Princess Tea

Childrens Afternoon 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. 

Price: £19 per child | Available for children under the age of 12 years
October price: £15.20 per child (includes 20% off discount)

If you are staying with us, your children can even have their own Master Chef Experience in the art of pastry making!  


Afternoon Tea Parties


Please note: due to current restrictions we can only accept group bookings of up to 6 people.

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 for more information and to book.


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