Afternoon tea in the Palm Court, at the Ritz Hotel

The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London 51.507166 -0.141424
Dates & Time:
Every day
There are five sittings at 11.30 AM, 1.30 PM, 3.30 PM, 5.30 PM and 7.30 PM
A typical sitting lasts for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
Tickets & Cost:
Adults from £57; Children from £35
Tables need to be reserved as much as 12 weeks in advance
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0207 493 8181
Car parks near The Ritz
Cab firms close to The Ritz
9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 38, 52, 452, C2
Bus fares in London
Green Park JUB PCL VIC, Piccadilly Circus BKL PCL
The closest station to The Ritz is Green Park
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Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans

Whilst the prices are a little steep, an afternoon tea at The Ritz is something that you will never forget.

This Palm Court really is a stunning setting with its luxurious cupola, birdcage chandeliers, lemon-coloured Dior chairs, and staff dressed-up in brass-buttoned tailcoats. This is a quintessential British experience. It's a piece of theatre. It's like Downton Abbey brought to life.

You will be treated to 16 different varieties of loose leaf tea to go with your finger sandwiches. Then you'll have a traditional scone with lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve (you have to call it 'preserve' at The Ritz, not jam!). If you still have some room leftover in the corners, then you can select a posh cake or pastry from the trolley. Everything is served on pretty chinaware and a gleaming silver tea service. See a typical menu (pdf file).

If you choose the 7.30 PM sitting then you usually get some atmospheric piano playing as well, or maybe a soprano singing (Tue-Thu only). Their resident piano player seems to specialise in old Hollywood show tunes.

Craig has actually stayed at The Ritz hotel himself (although he hasn't had the Afternoon Tea). You might like to read his review of The Ritz hotel before you go, to see what it's like inside.

Note: There is a very strict dress code at The Ritz. Men must wear a jacket and tie. Jeans or sportswear are not allowed. Trainers are not allowed either.

After you've finished your Afternoon Tea you might like to do some shopping down the posh shops of Piccadilly. There are some very expensive boutiques in Burlington Arcade. Or maybe you'd like to see some fine art at the Royal Academy? Buckingham Palace is only a short walk across Green Park as well.

If you want to try some other afternoon teas (maybe some less-expensive ones!) then the next best is probably the one at Fortnum & Mason. You can also book yourself a Saturday tea inside the Houses of Parliament.


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