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For the price I feel there is better places to have afternoon tea! The selection was good and tea but have had better in London.
I wouldn't do this afternoon tea again, the scones were dry and the rest of the food was nothing that special. The seating was very uncomfortable my husband couldn't even put his legs under the table because it was to low. However if you can't manage to eat the selection they do provide you with a bag to take it home (but you need to ask)
Unfortunately the day we were scheduled for Tea, the normal room was being used for a function, so that the tea was served in the cramped dark Library. It didn't have the same feel. We were sitting around with stuffy business men, conducting business, rather than looking out the lovely large windows with the sun streaming in. Our server merely dropped our Tea and left. She had a very, could care less, attitude. We had to ask what the sandwich selections were, as she did not tell us what they were. She then returned with a veg mix when we asked for an alternative selection. We also had to ask for our champagne, that we were to get. I'm not sure if I would go back to Tea here. There so many other spots that seem to serve it now. That is a lot of money to pay for inattentive staff, and scones.
I would certainly recommend people to this - it is/was a very enjoyable experience. Would have liked to know a little of the history of how it started. Grosvenor House is just round the corner of Oxford Street which I am sure is brilliant, but don't go too far down because it is a nightmare, whether it was late night I do not know, if you go there you would be so weary you would not enjoy the afternoon tea - so do it as soon as you get to London and it will be one enjoyable experience you would not want to miss.
If you like ambiance, this place is great for traditional high tea. The food is OK.
Absolutely great!!!! The charm of the place - the service - the food - made this a very special occasion.
The Grosvenor House Hotel is supposed to be (is) one of the best hotels in London. Afternoon tea is supposed to be somewhere you can sit quietly have a nice conversation and relax.
We arrived and were seated by the window looking out onto Park Lane and everything was fine. We were served our tea - the service (all of it) was excellent as was the "Tea Spread" and everything was great.
Then all of a sudden in walked this young man who sat with two young ladies and he basically talked to them in such a loud voice that it was impossible to have a conversation ourselves - it was a third world experience where this chap didn't know how to behave, one that I am very used to but not in London at a top hotel having been charged £120 for the privilege of being talked over.
We asked to move, and we were, however the guy was so excitable or just plain loud that we ate and left spending just under an hour there because we could still hear him clearly and just got fed up.
It was so unfortunate as he ruined the whole atmosphere. The hotel didn't ask him to talk quietly, so we just upped and left.
I would recommend a different location for afternoon tea - I would imagine that what happened in terms of the volume of speech is normal at this hotel which is why the hotel didn't do anything about it.
The tea, food, piano playing, service, room etc was great, but the fact that this chap seemingly had no concern for others or just didn't realise that his entire conversation was being heard by what is a large room coupled with the Hotels ambivalence spoiled the experience completely. The hotel should have requested politely to the young man that he should talk more quietly - we were not in Starbucks or the Red Lion pub, but they didn't and this is really what was wrong.