The Rubens at the Palace Hotel is a luxurious, 5-star venue situated a stone's throw away from the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Relax and enjoy traditional afternoon tea in the lavish Palace Lounge, a bright, open space with panoramic views of The Queen's stables. Watch the comings and goings of the royal carriages as you dine on a selection of sumptuous sandwiches, delectable, fresh-made pastries and traditional scones with clotted cream and fruit preserve.
Glass of Champagne (if selected this option)
What's Not Included
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
CHILD: Age: 0 - 11
ADULT: Age: 12 - 99
A full refund or date change will be offered up to 24 hours before travel. Cancellations inside 24 hours will be charged at 100%
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Menus listed are samples and subject to variations.
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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, Vega
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
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
Public transportation options are available nearby
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
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.
Ruebens for High Tea
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
Sitting by the windows with good view of the mews. Food was good too. Service was very friendly. What else can we say?
Lovely Experience, Would Definitely Recommend
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.
Family friendly and highly enjoyed by teens
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.
Perfect location for tea
This was a wonderful afternoon tea. The location is perfect (directly across from The Royal Mews). Tony the doorman was delightful. He even had my 16 year old laughing.
Tea for your majesty
Highly recommend to try especially if first time in London! The sandwiches, cakes, and tea are delicious. The ambience is amazing and friendly staff with superb customer service and detail of their setup. You will feel like a lord or lady having an afternoon tea and so much fun!
A must do when visiting london
Very welcoming staff and very professional. They were very prompt to bring over the tea we had chosen and the mulled wine. The tea was quoted as 'the best I've ever had' by my mother and she basically only really drinks tea. The vegetarian option was fabulous. I wasn't a fan of two out of four of the sandwiches but probably my fault as don't like fish or cured meat. Although extra sandwiches and scones were offered but I was so full! I did need to request a clean knife to cut my scone as my one was covered in mustard and that was quickly resolved. We were given a box to take away our left over cakes and they were great for breakfast the next day. We had a prime seat looking at the palace with a comfy two seater sofa. Very indulgent and delicious. Definitely a must do.
It was so much fun! My husband and our two sons visited London this Christmas and thought we should have an Afternoon Tea experience... I am glad we did! Staff were so friendly! Food was amazing: warm red wine, prosecco, finger sandwiches and absolutely amazing pasties... Yummy! :) Highly recommend it. Wonderful experience.
Nice informal place
Nice champagne! The scones were very good as well as the sweet pastries. The service was also excellent and very friendly.