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Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace, London, w/ Optional Champagne Upgrade

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
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  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea at London’s The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Visit the elegant 4-star hotel and linger over a gorgeous traditional English tea, complete with dainty finger sandwiches and selections of delicate cakes and other treats. Feast on delights including freshly baked scones served with fresh clotted cream, and creations such as mouth-wateringly moist carrot cupcakes. Pair them with your choice from a range of delicious classic loose teas; the perfect, time-honored accompaniment.
  • Afternoon tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in London
  • Savor a traditional English tea at the hotel overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace
  • Enjoy delicious finger sandwiches and cakes in the elegant Palace Lounge
  • Savor bite-size savory sandwiches, fresh scones with clotted cream, and delicate pastries
  • Select from a range of choice, freshly brewed teas to complement your sandwiches and cakes
  • Ideal for first-time visitors to London and as a romantic occasion for couples
  • Vegetarian and children's teas available

What's Included

  • Afternoon tea
  • Beverages
  • Glass of Champagne (if selected this option)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Rubens at the Palace
    39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS, UK

    Departure Point: The Rubens at the Palace, London Address: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS Directions: Nearest Station : Victoria (Victoria, Circle, District Lines and National Rail)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Travel independently to The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in time for the serving of afternoon tea. The hotel is situated opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, so it enjoys one of London’s most prestigious locations.

Make your way into the handsome 4-star hotel and admire the plush surroundings as you take your seat in the elegant Palace Lounge.

Then, simply relax and soak up the genteel atmosphere as you enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea, produced by the team at the hotel’s pastry kitchen. This highly skilled group of chefs are masters at making the most exquisite and freshest cakes and pastries, so you're in for a treat.

Enjoy an enticing selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches and sweet cakes, accompanied by your choice from the range of sophisticated, freshly brewed teas, and all served at your table.

While the afternoon tea menu may vary, expect to savor such delights as freshly baked, fluffy scones with clotted cream, and sweet treats such as delectable carrot cupcakes and marshmallows. See the Itinerary below for a sample menu.

For younger guests, there’s the option of a Little Prince and Princess Tea (for children aged from five to 12), made up of tasty bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones and selected pastries accompanied by a tea, milkshake, hot chocolate or soda.

Your afternoon tea experience concludes when you finish your tea.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at the hotel 15 minutes prior to your booked timeslot
  • Allergies / Dietary Restrictions: Please inform us of any special requests with 72 hours-notice. Please note that due to the nature of their business and offering the hotel cannot guarantee 100% allergen or intolerant free recipes/dishes. Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Gluten-Free options available, Please contact us after the booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Menus listed are samples and subject to variations.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dress code: Smart casual. We respectfully ask guests to refrain from wearing sportswear, flip-flops, and non-tailored shorts. Guest not adhering to the dress code policy will not be permitted entry into our restaurants and bars
  • A full refund or date change will be offered up to 24 hours before travel. Cancellations inside 24 hours will be charged at 100%
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace, London, w/ Optional Champagne Upgrade?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace, London, w/ Optional Champagne Upgrade?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace, London, w/ Optional Champagne Upgrade?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

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Traveler Tips


Arrive early and take time to have a drink in the bar, elegant and wonderful service.
I highly recommend this tea - the location is fantastic, and the food and service are wonderful.
Reviews
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Ruebens for High Tea
Marcia_H, Dec 2022
Wonderful and beautiful experience. Overlooking the Buckingham Palace while enjoying High Tea was amazing. The atmosphere was so elegant and the food was delicious. Thanks especially to Ellie and Gabrielle who took wonderful care of us
Nice informal place
Ignacio_G, Dec 2022
Nice champagne! The scones were very good as well as the sweet pastries. The service was also excellent and very friendly.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hello Ignacio_G, We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Interesting view
Andrew_S, Dec 2022
Sitting by the windows with good view of the mews. Food was good too. Service was very friendly. What else can we say?
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hello Andrew, Thank you for leaving us a fantastic 5* review! We continuously work to create good experiences for our customers, and we are thrilled to see we were able to offer you a memorable day! We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Lovely Experience, Would Definitely Recommend
Janelle_S, Nov 2022
We had the most lovely time at this high tea. The staff was incredibly courteous, seating us a few minutes early. They explained the service in detail and encouraged us to read through the tea selection and to choose one. Come hungry because while it doesn’t look like a lot of food, two of us brought scones and desserts with us in convenient paper takeaway boxes. They even offered more clotted cream, ham and apples to take with. Everything was truly delicious. As we were leaving, they loaded us up even more with gratis chocolate bark, mints and merengues. Would highly recommend and I’ve included a screenshot of the current menu and regular prices. Buying the ticket through Viator definitely saved some money.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Janelle_S, We would like to thank you for your kind words and for sharing it with the rest of the community. Our team works very hard to provide the best service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your visit to our establishment. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Family friendly and highly enjoyed by teens
Cynthia_M, Nov 2022
My 17-year-old son described the in-house jam as "made by gods" and referred to multiple bites as "exquisite." I don't think I've ever heard him give such high praise to food. Our party consisted of three generations and we all had a wonderful afternoon. There was great variety in teas, sandwiches and desserts. We really couldn't pick a favorite because everything was so good.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Cynthia, Thank you for leaving us this fantastic 5* review! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Great experience
Elena_F, Nov 2022
Great experience at the Rubens. Lovely staff, beautiful ambiance, live piano music and delicious fresh pastries! Definitely recommend
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Elena, Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion about our services. We are glad that our team did a great job. We take pride in providing a comfortable space for all of our guests, so our team appreciates that you noticed. We hope to welcome you onboard another one of our tours in the future! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Exceptional!!!
Shawana_B, Nov 2022
One of the best experiences I have had in my entire life. Everything and I do mean everything was exceptional!! Ellie and Katrina had excellent customer service. They ensured that we were attended to and that our needs were met. We will be back on Sunday for round two.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for your great review of our Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace, We’ve passed your kind words on to our team. The team are passionate about providing all of our customers with outstanding experiences and they’ll be delighted to know they hit the mark with you. We hope that in the future we’ll be able to provide a similarly excellent experience. Please let us know if there are any areas we can improve upon in future, we value our customer’s feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Great experience!
Ashley_R, Nov 2022
Loved this experience with my mom while in London! This is a must do for a first time in London! Staff was excellent and provided great customer s service!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Ashley_R, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your tour. Seeing that you had a 5-Star experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us. We cannot wait to welcome you onboard another one of our tours in the future. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Transporter for solo traveler
BaoTran, Oct 2022
Joseph was great- he was helpful and provided alot of information on where I could go. Very friendly.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello BaoTran, Thank you for leaving us a fantastic 5* review! We continuously work to create good experiences for our customers, and we are thrilled to see we were able to offer you a memorable day! We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
A disappointment, to be sure!
Kathy_G, Oct 2022
The food although nicely presented, was mediocre at best. Hardly worth booking! The room was lovely snd decor nice!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Kathy_G, Thank you for your feedback about our afternoon tea tour at the Rubens. Although we do not directly provide the afternoon tea, this is done by our sister company whom we will pass the comment on to for future reference. Thank you in advance, Evan Evans Team
Fabulous Tea
Diane_F, Oct 2022
I wanted to have the experience of an afternoon tea on our visit so I booked this event. The hotel is beautiful and the tea was very elegant. The people serving the tea were very nice and explained the different types of tea and brought out a fabulous selection of foods. If you just want a pleasant afternoon to sit and enjoy a treat this is a wonderful outing.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Diane_F, Thank you for leaving us a 5* review! We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So, thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Such an elegant and...
Tawni_H, Oct 2022
Such an elegant and romantic experience. The staff was amazing and the venue gorgeous. This is something you do not want to miss when visiting London
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello Tawni_H, Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We hope you come visit us again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Great High Tea
Joseph_G, Oct 2022
Wonderful experience. Delicious pastries and sandwiches with hot tea. Gracefully severed by attentive staff.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Joseph_G, We would like to thank you for your kind words and for sharing it with the rest of the community. Our team works very hard to provide the best service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your visit to our establishment. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Celebrated in style
Albert_D, Sep 2022
Celebrated our anniversary and we were treated like Royals. Love every minute of it. The staff, food, and ambiance were all excellent!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hello Albert, Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy that you took the time to leave us this wonderful note. We do our best to keep our customers happy and we are glad that our hard work has paid off! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
Wonderful Tea!
Elizabeth_T, Sep 2022
The food, tea and service were excellent! They honored my Viator reservation without any issues. Would absolutely do this tea experience again!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hello Elizabeth, Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. We hope to see you again on another one of our tours! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
A close one
Julie_C, Aug 2022
We almost didn’t get in because evidently the appointment was never booked. After waiting for about 30 minutes it worked out. They were barely able to get us in. It was odd since I had communicated with your company about it several times.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Julie, Thank you for your feedback, all feedback are valuable to us. We are sorry you had trouble with checking in, this is not usual and we would love to investigate this further if you simply email us with your order ID at reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk. Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
What a great experience
Marylee_B, Aug 2022
Beautiful, peaceful environment, wonderful food and gracious service. Would recommend it to anyone who needs a break from the noisy world outside!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello Marylee Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy that you took the time to leave us this wonderful note. We are glad that we were able to provide you with some escapism from the hustle and bustle that is London ! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
A great place to spill the tea
Meagen_E, Aug 2022
My girls and I had so much fun. We really enjoyed the service and all the types of teas. The live music on the piano was amazing as well. And the Bellman makes for a lovely entrance.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello Meage, Thank you so much for this lovely review, we are so happy to hear you had such a good experience with us. Guest satisfaction is our top priority. We're constantly looking for opportunities to exceed expectations. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
Wonderful afternoon tea
Yvonne_M, Jul 2022
Wonderful service and beautiful food. Every piece of food explained in details. Huge selection of teas and coffee.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello Yvonne, Thank you so much for this lovely review, we are so happy to hear you had such a good experience with us. Guest satisfaction is our top priority. We're constantly looking for opportunities to exceed expectations. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
The setting is beautiful...
Amy_A, Jul 2022
The setting is beautiful and that staff are so sweet and accommodating. Afternoon tea was so relaxing here.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello Amy_A, Thank you for leaving us a fantastic 5* review! We continuously work to create good experiences for our customers, and we are thrilled to see we were able to offer you a memorable day! We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
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