Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at The Palace Hotel

Description

With a proud royal heritage brought to life with warm British hospitality and theatrical dining experiences, The 5-Star Rubens at the Palace has a reputation as one of the best Afternoon Tea venues in London

Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel offers a quintessentially English experience. 

A short walk from Victoria Station and the Palace Theatre showing Hamilton, the afternoon tea experience at The Rubens is steeped in royal connections and positions guests directly opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. With a rich interior, large windows and 5* service, guests are made to feel like royalty themselves. 

Situated within the hotel, the Royal Afternoon Tea can be accompanied by a fully serviced bar offering Champagne or cocktails. The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by the talented pastry chef Sarah Houghting (recently featured on Bake Off: The Professionals) producing the freshest pastries and cakes for guests to enjoy.  The Rubens pays respect to the tradition of Afternoon Tea whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. The menu features mouth-watering pastries that are influenced by Royal events and dining trends throughout the centuries. 

 Kindly note that, unfortunately, we cannot cater to dietaries that require both gluten-free and dairy-free options for the same person.

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Afternoon Tea Options

Guests are welcome to experience the Royal Afternoon Tea experience which can be adapted to meet dietary requirements. Vegetarian, vegan, Halal and gluten-free menus are available and the team would be delighted to discuss any additional requirements prior to your booking. *Please note: bookings for Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea must be made with at least 24 hrs' notice otherwise The Rubens is unable to accommodate reservations. 

Our seating time for afternoon tea is one and a half hours. 

Prices per person: 

Royal Afternoon Tea: £70 (including Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal variations)
Champagne Afternoon Tea: £90
Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea: £115
Halal Sparkling Afternoon Tea: £87
Vegan Champagne Afternoon Tea: £90
Prince & Princess Afternoon Tea: £35

 

Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea

Price: £115 per person
Enjoy an exceptional Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea in our Palace Lounge, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.
Maximum seating time: 90 mins

 

Vegan Afternoon Tea/ Vegan Champagne Afternoon Tea

The Rubens are excited to announce the arrival of a new offering for our Vegan guests: Vegan Royal Afternoon Tea £60 per person/ accompanied by a glass of Lanson Le Green Label £90 per person. Lanson Le Green Label Organic Brut Champagne is the first-ever entirely organic Champagne. Predominantly Pinot Noir, aged on lees for three years, it's pure and fresh with fine notes of citrus and berry fruits weaving through its complex mousse. This is perfectly paired with The Rubens Vegan Royal Afternoon Tea.

 

Halal Afternoon Tea 

The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by their talented pastry chef Sarah Houghting (a contestant recently on Bake Off The Professionals) who has crafted the Royal Afternoon Tea inspired by Royal events and dining trends throughout the centuries. The team is excited to release a brand new addition to their menu – a Halal Afternoon Tea that has been expertly paired with Wild Idol to offer guests a Sparkling Afternoon Tea experience. This sparkling wine is a refreshing and delicious non-alcoholic drink made from premium quality concentrated grape. £70 per person or £87 per person including the Sparkling option

 

Afternoon Tea Takeaway

Enjoy The Rubens Hotel afternoon tea experience wherever you are in London with a delivery and takeaway option. Perfect for family get-togethers, parties, weekend treats, and birthday or anniversary gifts.

The Rubens Hotel can also prepare afternoon tea for an office location - perfect for team get-togethers. Book online here 

Pre-order by 8pm for collection the next day. Collection is free of charge, deliveries will incur a fee (must be a London address). 

 

Family Friendly

The Rubens also welcomes children and offers a 'Little Prince and Princess Tea' for those under 12. 

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The Rubens Golden Tips Experience: The ultimate in luxury Afternoon Tea. 

This rare tea is produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka and is fully handcrafted and skillfully handpicked by expert tea pluckers at sunset in Sri Lanka. The velvety, silvery tips are then 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 with each tip placed into a silver teapot individually using golden tweezers. The tea which is showcased in a locked mahogany box lined with velvet is specially infused to produce an extraordinary liquor and a smooth, light and mellow texture with fruity notes.

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.

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A Special Occasion? Enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Rubens 

The Rubens Hotel are pleased to welcome groups of between 8 to 120 guests to enjoy an Afternoon Tea experience; an ideal way to celebrate a birthday, hen party, baby shower or investiture. A variety of menus are on offer including Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal alongside a Little Prince and Princess Tea for our younger guests. Drink packages can also be organised along with any decorations you may require.

Groups of up to 8 guests can dine in the Palace Lounge (subject to availability), alternatively, The Rubens Hotel can offer several private rooms including the English Grill which can accommodate up to 120 people. The experienced events team would be happy to discuss your requirements to make this a memorable occasion.

Prices from £70 per person

 

BABY SHOWER AFTERNOON TEA
Celebrate your baby shower at The Rubens with a unique and memorable Baby Shower Afternoon Tea. Share this joyous occasion with your loved ones and enjoy baby shower-themed biscuits alongside our classic Royal Afternoon Tea offering.

 

BRIDAL AFTERNOON TEA
Celebrate your upcoming wedding with an enchanting Bridal Afternoon Tea. Delight in the elegant atmosphere as you savour bridal-themed delicacies, creating unforgettable memories as you toast to the bride-to-be amidst the refined ambience of our distinguished venue.

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Special Offer 2024 for party bookings:

At The Rubens at the Palace, we are dedicated to making your event an extraordinary affair. Our added value options are sure to elevate your event to new heights.

Book a drinks reception or private dining event with the hotel taking place by the end of August and receive a glass of champagne upon arrival for each of your guests with The Rubens compliments. In addition to this, you'll also benefit from 10% off your event spend.

Available until 31st August 2024 subject to availability - please make an enquiry now to discuss with a member of our team

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Christmas Bookings at The Rubens at the Palace

Bookings are now open to enjoy our Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea available from the 18th of November 2024 through to the 5th of January 2025

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea: Adults £82 per person/ Children's Afternoon Tea available for £35 per child

Gluten-Free, Halal, Vegan and Vegetarian Menus are readily available.

 

Christmas Day Afternoon Tea is available 12.30 pm - 5 pm

£105 per adult / £55 per child under the age of 12

Afternoon Tea will be served with one glass of champagne or two mocktails per person.


A live pianist will accompany your Afternoon Tea experience on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve

 

Festive Afternoon Tea parties

Interested in a private celebration for Christmas?

Indulge in a Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea hosted in one of the many private rooms at The Rubens at the Palace including the Leopard Room. The events team would be happy to discuss your requirements. Make an enquiry online for one of the team to get in touch. 

 

What's on

Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea
There is no better place to enjoy this traditional English occasion than sitting back in the Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham…

Thu, 7th Mar 2024 - Sat, 30th Nov 2024

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Halal Sparkling Afternoon Tea
Halal Sparkling Afternoon Tea  Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace features mouth-watering pastries that are inspired by Her Majesty the…

Thu, 7th Mar 2024 - Sun, 5th Jan 2025

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Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea
Celebrate the festive season with a Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea Situated in the heart of Victoria, opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham…

Mon, 18th Nov 2024 - Sun, 5th Jan 2025

More info

Offers

Offer Availability
Afternoon Tea Week: 15% discount
In celebration of Afternoon Tea Week, guests can enjoy 15% off the afternoon tea experience in the Palace Lounge (excludes Service Charge)
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Group Party Offer: Prosecco Offer
At The Rubens at the Palace, we are dedicated to making your event an extraordinary affair. Book an Afternoon Tea party in one of our private rooms this summer and each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Valid for groups of 20 guests or more until the end of August 2024.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Ticket Holders Only: Exclusive 10% off for Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors LIVE
The Rubens Hotel are delighted to offer Horrible Histories:Terrible Tudors ticket holders an exclusive 10% off Afternoon Tea this summer in celebration of Kids Week and Afternoon Tea Week. Please bring your 2024 ticket to qualify
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Vouchers

Champagne Royal Afternoon Tea For Two
On sale until 31st Dec 2024
Experience
Monetary Gift Voucher
£10 - £500
Royal Afternoon Tea For Two
On sale until 31st Dec 2024
Experience
Sparkling Halal Royal Afternoon Tea for one person
On sale until 31st Dec 2024
Experience
Vegan Champagne Royal Afternoon Tea for one person
On sale until 31st Dec 2024
Experience
Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea for one person
On sale until 31st Dec 2024
Experience
Princes & Princess Royal Afternoon Tea
On sale until 31st Dec 2024
Experience

Info

  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Taking Bookings
  • Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
Monday 12:00 19:00 Last dining time is 5pm
Tuesday 12:00 19:00 Last dining time is 5pm
Wednesday 12:00 19:00 Last dining time is 5pm
Thursday 12:00 19:00 Last dining time is 5pm
Friday 12:00 19:00 Last dining time is 5pm
Saturday 12:00 19:30 Last dining time is 6pm
Sunday 12:00 19:00 Last dining time is 5pm

Location

Address

Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at The Palace Hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS

Area

Westminster

Nearest Station

Victoria (Tube)

Menus

  • Cuisine

    This venue serves Afternoon Tea food.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
The Leopard Bar Private Room 29 40 - £1500 -£8.000 £1500 - £8.000

Set in the heart of London Victoria, just opposite Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews, The Leopard Room boasts its own private entrance and facilities, bringing a new level of sophistication and elegance to your next event. The Leopard Room offers an indulgent experience, serving mouthwatering canapés, finger foods, and a diverse selection of creative cocktails and beverages. It's also possible to elevate your occasion with optional live music, performed on a permanent stage.

Whether it's a birthday party, corporate function, private meeting, anniversary celebration, or engagement party, The Leopard Room provides the ideal setting for a memorable event. With a maximum standing capacity of 40 people or 29 people seated, The Leopard Room offers an intimate yet vibrant space for your private event, ensuring an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

AFTERNOON TEA PARTIES
The Rubens are excited to welcome guests celebrating a baby shower, bridal shower, or any special occasion to the Leopard Room. Their dedicated events team will be on hand to help organise every detail.

 

Da Vinci Private Room 10 20 - £850 - £5.000 £850 - £5.000

The Da Vinci room is situated on the ground floor with simulated lighting as well as natural lighting and is fully air-conditioned. Décor is of a traditional style. 

Event facilities include:
A dedicated coordinator expertly attends to every detail
Function rooms with natural daylight
Private dining and banqueting facilities

Private Hire fees: 

£150 for one and a half hours
Subsequent hours can be added for £85 per hour
No minimum - maximum 70 people seated at round tables

DINING OPTIONS: Royal Afternoon Tea (£70) (From time to time seasonal menus and respective prices may apply)

Dietary variations of the menus are available to include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal Please make the team aware at the point of booking

Children’s Afternoon Teas are also available (£35 for those under 12 years)

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS:

Expression of Interest: Pre-ordering drinks. Price upon discussion

Our experienced Events Team would be happy to organise pre-ordering of drinks including Champagne, Prosecco and cocktails Non-alcoholic drinks can also be organised

Expression of Interest: Decorations. Guests are welcome to bring decorations for the room

Alternatively, our experienced Events Team can assist with:

Flower requests

Personalised celebration cake

Uplighters

Organising supply of music

 

Expression of Interest: Sabrage (£130)

Allow our expert sommelier to teach you the skilful art of Sabrage using a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. Includes one bottle of Champagne.

Rembrandt Suite Private Room 36 80 - £850 - £8,000 £850 - £8.000

The Rembrandt Suite offers abundant natural daylight and a fireplace. It is fully air-conditioned and has adjustable lighting. The suite is situated on the ground floor of the hotel and is ideal for parties up to 80 guests.

Event facilities include:

  • A dedicated co-ordinator expertly attends to every detail
  • Full secretarial support
  • Function rooms with natural daylight

 

Private Hire fees: 

£150 for one and a half hours
Subsequent hours can be added for £85 per hour
No minimum - maximum 70 people seated at round tables

DINING OPTIONS: Royal Afternoon Tea (£70) (From time to time seasonal menus and respective prices may apply)

Dietary variations of the menus are available to include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal Please make the team aware at the point of booking

Children’s Afternoon Teas are also available (£35 for those under 12 years)

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS:

Expression of Interest: Pre-ordering drinks. Price upon discussion

Our experienced Events Team would be happy to organise pre-ordering of drinks including Champagne, Prosecco and cocktails Non-alcoholic drinks can also be organised

Expression of Interest: Decorations. Guests are welcome to bring decorations for the room

Alternatively, our experienced Events Team can assist with:

Flower requests

Personalised celebration cake

Uplighters

Organising supply of music

 

Expression of Interest: Sabrage (£130)

Allow our expert sommelier to teach you the skilful art of Sabrage using a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. Includes one bottle of Champagne.

The Rubens Room Private Room 10 20 - £850 - £5,000 £850 - £5,000

The Rubens Room is situated on the ground floor of the hotel with simulated lighting as well as natural lighting and is fully air-conditioned. Décor is of a traditional style. 

Event facilities include:
A dedicated co-ordinator expertly attends to every detail
Function rooms with natural daylight

Private Hire fees: 

£150 for one and a half hours
Subsequent hours can be added for £85 per hour
No minimum - maximum 70 people seated at round tables

DINING OPTIONS: Royal Afternoon Tea (£70) (From time to time seasonal menus and respective prices may apply)

Dietary variations of the menus are available to include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal Please make the team aware at the point of booking

Children’s Afternoon Teas are also available (£35 for those under 12 years)

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS:

Expression of Interest: Pre-ordering drinks. Price upon discussion

Our experienced Events Team would be happy to organise pre-ordering of drinks including Champagne, Prosecco and cocktails Non-alcoholic drinks can also be organised

Expression of Interest: Decorations. Guests are welcome to bring decorations for the room

Alternatively, our experienced Events Team can assist with:

Flower requests

Personalised celebration cake

Uplighters

Organising supply of music

 

Expression of Interest: Sabrage (£130)

Allow our expert sommelier to teach you the skilful art of Sabrage using a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. Includes one bottle of Champagne.

The Rubens Suite Private Room 20 50 - £850 - £8,000 £850 - £8.000

The Rubens Suite is situated on the ground floor with simulated lighting and is fully air-conditioned. It has an extra exit door through to the English Grill. Décor is of a traditional style. Maximum of 60 guests based on reception style layout.

Private Hire fees: 

£150 for one and a half hours
Subsequent hours can be added for £85 per hour
No minimum - maximum 70 people seated at round tables

DINING OPTIONS: Royal Afternoon Tea (£70) (From time to time seasonal menus and respective prices may apply)

Dietary variations of the menus are available to include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal Please make the team aware at the point of booking

Children’s Afternoon Teas are also available (£35 for those under 12 years)

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS:

Expression of Interest: Pre-ordering drinks. Price upon discussion

Our experienced Events Team would be happy to organise pre-ordering of drinks including Champagne, Prosecco and cocktails Non-alcoholic drinks can also be organised

Expression of Interest: Decorations. Guests are welcome to bring decorations for the room

Alternatively, our experienced Events Team can assist with:

Flower requests

Personalised celebration cake

Uplighters

Organising supply of music

 

Expression of Interest: Sabrage (£130)

Allow our expert sommelier to teach you the skilful art of Sabrage using a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. Includes one bottle of Champagne.

Van Dyke Room Private Room 27 60 - £850 - £8,000 £850 - £8.000

The Van Dyke Room is situated on the ground floor of the hotel with simulated lighting and is fully air-conditioned. Décor is of a traditional style.

Private Hire fees: 

£150 for one and a half hours
Subsequent hours can be added for £85 per hour
No minimum - maximum 70 people seated at round tables

DINING OPTIONS: Royal Afternoon Tea (£70) (From time to time seasonal menus and respective prices may apply)

Dietary variations of the menus are available to include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal Please make the team aware at the point of booking

Children’s Afternoon Teas are also available (£35 for those under 12 years)

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS:

Expression of Interest: Pre-ordering drinks. Price upon discussion

Our experienced Events Team would be happy to organise pre-ordering of drinks including Champagne, Prosecco and cocktails Non-alcoholic drinks can also be organised

Expression of Interest: Decorations. Guests are welcome to bring decorations for the room

Alternatively, our experienced Events Team can assist with:

Flower requests

Personalised celebration cake

Uplighters

Organising supply of music

 

Expression of Interest: Sabrage (£130)

Allow our expert sommelier to teach you the skilful art of Sabrage using a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. Includes one bottle of Champagne.

The Van Dyke Suite Private Room 70 150 - £850 - £8,000 £850 - £8,000

The Van Dyke Suite is situated on the ground floor of the hotel with simulated lighting and is fully air-conditioned. Décor is of a traditional style. The Van Dyke Suite can accommodate up to 130 guests in a reception style layout. The Suite is a combination of the Van Dyke Room, the Buckingham Room and the Van Gogh Room so it can be adjusted into smaller rooms if required.

Private Hire fees: 

£150 for one and a half hours
Subsequent hours can be added for £85 per hour
No minimum - maximum 70 people seated at round tables

DINING OPTIONS: Royal Afternoon Tea (£70) (From time to time seasonal menus and respective prices may apply)

Dietary variations of the menus are available to include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal Please make the team aware at the point of booking

Children’s Afternoon Teas are also available (£35 for those under 12 years)

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS:

Expression of Interest: Pre-ordering drinks. Price upon discussion

Our experienced Events Team would be happy to organise pre-ordering of drinks including Champagne, Prosecco and cocktails Non-alcoholic drinks can also be organised

Expression of Interest: Decorations. Guests are welcome to bring decorations for the room

Alternatively, our experienced Events Team can assist with:

Flower requests

Personalised celebration cake

Uplighters

Organising supply of music

 

Expression of Interest: Sabrage (£130)

Allow our expert sommelier to teach you the skilful art of Sabrage using a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. Includes one bottle of Champagne.

The Van Gogh Room Private Room 18 60 - £850 - £8,000 £850 - £8.000

The Van Gogh Room is situated on the ground floor of the hotel with simulated lighting and is fully air-conditioned. Décor is of a traditional style.  The Van Gogh Room can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests in a reception-style layout.

Private Hire fees: 

£150 for one and a half hours
Subsequent hours can be added for £85 per hour
No minimum - maximum 70 people seated at round tables

DINING OPTIONS: Royal Afternoon Tea (£70) (From time to time seasonal menus and respective prices may apply)

Dietary variations of the menus are available to include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal Please make the team aware at the point of booking

Children’s Afternoon Teas are also available (£35 for those under 12 years)

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS:

Expression of Interest: Pre-ordering drinks. Price upon discussion

Our experienced Events Team would be happy to organise pre-ordering of drinks including Champagne, Prosecco and cocktails Non-alcoholic drinks can also be organised

Expression of Interest: Decorations. Guests are welcome to bring decorations for the room

Alternatively, our experienced Events Team can assist with:

Flower requests

Personalised celebration cake

Uplighters

Organising supply of music

 

Expression of Interest: Sabrage (£130)

Allow our expert sommelier to teach you the skilful art of Sabrage using a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. Includes one bottle of Champagne.

Prices are available on request.

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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