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Tea at the Ritz

#243 of 17,575 Restaurants in London
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150 Piccadilly | The Ritz Hotel London, London W1J 9BR, England
+44 20 7493 8181
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Today
12:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 08:00 - 11:00
19:00 - 22:30
Sun - Sat 12:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
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Bapchild, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here for my 18th birthday, waiters were very chatty and made the afternoon, however the food was average, nothing special really compared to the hype it has around the city, was also quite cramped, big thumbs up to the pianist- he was friendly and chatty and even took song requests, genuine guy!

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful and much vaunted venue, however over-heated, crowded and men are required to wear jacket and tie (whatever the temperature ). Sandwiches were very nice, scones and pastries pretty average though for the high price charged. Overall the whole process felt pressured and very much like a production line designed to get as many people through and out again as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and service here are amazing and all in a stunning setting. If you want afternoon tea in London this is the place to go!

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Thank SamGB5
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Frankly a total tourist trap. Lives on its name and not the quality of the food or service. The whole experience was rushed with tables crammed in and a totally impersonal service. The food was made of cheap ingredients and totally unimaginative. When I complained they called this 'traditional' but I'd expect a bit more thought for that price. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One word class. We booked the Christmas tea as we also stayed. The food and service and all staff were the best I have ever had.

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Thank DevonRiddler
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful hotel and dining area...but unfortunately yes very touristy. Being the most famous afternoon tea in England...the cakes were slightly disappointing. Tea was alright! I would recommend the Connaught hotel where they had a beautiful harpist playing, thats unique!

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Thank Lisa S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had pre ordered the halal tea and initially was bought out the standard food...my hubby checked whether it was halal which it was not. The waiter quickly took it away and apologised and bought the correct food out to us, if we had not asked we would have eaten it! I found the sandwiches to be quite bland and... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for Christmas afternoon tea, £75 per person, when we booked they didn't have a menu, but we were told the menu would have a Christmas theme, ha, standard menu with a mince pie thrown in, come on, living on a name like nowhere else I have even been. The whole experience was tiring, either hire more staff or... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here for the 11:30 sitting for afternoon tea there where beautiful decoration everywhere, when you walk in walk to the end of the hall for afternoon tea we walked to the reception on your left which is for hotel guests. We're met by a friendly host who directed us to the clock room and where the loos were.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked high tea at the Ritz and paid 158 pounds for two people with champagne. The whole experience was good but the cakes served and scones were not good. I couldn't eat the scones - they were pathetic. Don't expect too much when you visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$63 - US$97
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast
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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 11:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:30
Monday
12:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
12:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
12:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
12:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7493 8181
  • This restaurant is at The Ritz London
Description
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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