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A Memorable Afternoon Tea in Mayfair

Considered "one of the most wonderful settings in which to take afternoon tea in London" by the Tea Guild, Palm Court offers a large selection of teas, and serves cakes and scones prepared by award-winning pastry chef Sarah Hartnett and her team. With its beautiful Art Deco lounge, Palm Court has become the gathering place for guests and locals alike and is today one of the greatest places to enjoy afternoon tea in Mayfair.

Afternoon Tea is recognised around the world as being something traditionally British.
The invention of Afternoon Tea dates back to the mid 1840s and is attributed to Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford. It is said that she created this light meal of tea and cakes or sandwiches to fill the gap between breakfast and dinner, which would not be served until 8.30-9pm at the time. Soon after, others followed the Duchess' lead, including a well known actress named Fanny Kemble, who began inviting guests to join her for Afternoon Tea. All of fashionable London started taking Afternoon Tea and it became a well established British custom by the end of the nineteenth century.

Opening Hours

Bar and Lounge Monday-Sunday: 8am until late
Afternoon Tea Monday-Friday: 3pm to 6pm; Saturday-Sunday: 2pm to 6pm (last order is at 5.30pm)

To book your table for Afternoon Tea and take a peek at our menus, visit the Palm Court website.

From 10th August the Palm Court will temporarily be closed. It will be relocated to the Tudor Rose room accessed via the ornate listed Silver Gallery through the Ballroom entrance from August 13th until the opening of the newly renovated Palm Court.  Award winning Afternoon Tea with the subtle backdrop of Harp music awaits as always.




Tea Guild Excellence 2013


The Palm Court has been awarded with The Tea Guild's Award of Excellence 2013. This award is an honour for the hotel and underlines the quality of our Afternoon Tea and the commitment of our team  to the highest of service levels.


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The Palm Court is London's most prestigious Afternoon Tea lounge. The beautiful art deco setting takes you back in time to an era of style and elegance. The Palm Court offers everything from an informal lunch, a sumptuous English Afternoon Tea, a light dinner to a fantastic cocktail.

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