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“Afternoon tea”
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The Ritz London
Ranked #33 of 1,069 Hotels in London
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Birmingham
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64 reviews
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“Afternoon tea”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

My daughter bought me the gift of a traditional afternoon tea at The Ritz for mothers day as she knows it's something I've always wanted to do. It was a lovely experience, just as you would imagine. The sandwiches were a bit fancy, so if you like plain food, like my daughter, you won't eat much. The cakes were good, and the scones and clotted cream. They bought more sandwiches round and more cake, but we were stuffed. There was a big choice of teas but we stuck to English breakfast. The waiters were very professional and polite and helpful. All in all, a lovely experience, if not a little expensive.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

My sister decided to treat me for my Birthday for Afternoon Tea at the Ritz. We dressed to the hilt and took the tube (ha ha ). It was a treat beyond all expectations. The charm of this beautiful hotel with a three piece band playing in the background. The service was excellent and we got to choose our own brand of tea. The sandwiches were yummy, the scones perfect (brought out warm) and the cakes. You could eat and they would ask if you would like a refill.

The highlight was when they brought out all our individual birthday cakes (small of course) with our names on it and a lighted candle. They were a few of us celebrating our birthdays. The band came up and played Happy Birthday.

I would do this again in a hurry, life is short, soil yourself. Although visiting London again in September (this time with husband) I do think it is his cup of tea - he prefers sitting and chatting with friends and I love history and having a blast.

Felicity

Room Tip: Did not stay here, but wish I could afford it.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

A very disappointing experience. This was the fourth time I checked into The Ritz, I was greeted by a very friendly Check in Clerk and told you will be on the 7th floor. You can only imagine I was very excited thinking highest floor, room with a view (it must be because I'm a returning guest). Boy was I wrong. The 7th floor consists of, the beauty salon, the fitness centre, powder rooms, may doors off the hall with no description, not too many guests rooms.
Room with a view...not! i looked onto the roof and brick wall covered in wires and I think the airconditioning for the whole hotel. The room and a very bad odour to it and is very, very tired. I don't think it gets used very often. I'm not sure why a hotel of this calibre even has a room of this standard. So when checking in and they tell your room number 705 Executive King avoid it. I should mention, when checking out and complaining to the Manager about the standard, he understood and did take some money off the final bill. I would not stay at this hotel again.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Stephen_Boxall, Managing Director at The Ritz London, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
I am sorry to learn that the room allocation was not to your liking and that you do not intend to stay in future. There is an on-going refurbishment schedule in place with the rooms in the hotel - and you might be interested to learn that there are some exciting plans for the seventh floor which will be unveiled in due course. I hope you will reconsider your decision not to return to The Ritz, as it is always a pity to lose a return guest. I am pleased that you mention the Duty Manager was sympathetic to your comments and adjusted your bill accordingly. SB
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

I've been wanting to come to Ritz for afternoon tea with my girlfriends for years and finally it came true- for my hen's night!

Reservations are very strict and of course it's understandable. I really enjoyed the afternoon tea here, fresh sandwiches, soft scones, exquisite pastries. Service is very good and friendly, music is just pleasant and delightful!

For any specialty occasions, you can't go wrong with Ritz, highly recommend :)

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We celebrated our anniversary having tea at the Ritz.

Five star all the way. Service excellent, tea, sandwiches, scones, cake, and of course a glass of champagne, could not ask for anything more. If you required more sandwiches, cakes, etc, no problem whatsoever. The drizzle cake was mouth watering.

All in all fantastic!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stayed at The Ritz as of part of our honeymoon tour of Europe. It was all that we had expected from the rooms, service, decor and the dinners. When we came up to our room from dinner on the first night, there were rose petals arranged in the shape of heart on our bed and rose petals throughout elsewhere. The staff were great and the wine selection in the dining room is truly magnificent. Everyone should have Afternoon tea at The Ritz at least once in their life. We hope to return one day from Australia. Just a note of caution though, don't make phone calls from your room and do check your bill carefully.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking Green Park
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stephen_Boxall, Managing Director at The Ritz London, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Congratulations! I hope you and your spouse will enjoy many happy years together and return to stay for an anniversary celebration perhaps. Should the occasion arise, please do mention that you spent your honeymoon with us and I know that you will enjoy extra special care and attention. Thank you for choosing The Ritz for this once in a lifetime celebration. SB
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Sidcup, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

If you want the ultimate afternoon tea then this has to be the perfect place. The room, the sandwiches & cakes are perfect. Served with perfect strength tea. The service is second to none. You may pay more for the privilege of dining here but it is worth every single penny.
If you want the perfect dining experience then treat yourself.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Ritz London
Address: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > St. James's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in London
#16 Romantic Hotel in London
#20 Family Hotel in London
#26 Business Hotel in London
#33 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz London 5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened by renowned hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1906, The Ritz today still retains all the glamour and excitement synonymous with this world famous hotel. Perfectly located in a landmark position on Piccadilly in the heart of London's West End, the 136 room luxury hotel is ideally placed to suit both business and leisure visitors alike. Now totaling 111 bedrooms and 25 suites, the elegant rooms combine the original Louis XVI style interiors with modern day technology. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rooms in the world, The Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant features a magnificent frescoed ceiling with west facing windows overlooking the Terrace, the Italian Garden and Green Park beyond. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a Dinner Dance on Friday and Saturdays. The Palm Court restaurant offers, most famously, daily Afternoon Tea service which has been popular since the hotel first opened. The stylishly updated Rivoli Bar was designed by Tessa Kennedy and features Art Deco styled interiors. Open daily with a bar menu. Private dining facilities at William Kent House, the 18th century mansion house at The Ritz, include an exquisite selection of banquet rooms and suites. Possibly the most elegant and opulent private rooms in London, William Kent House offers the perfect venue for private receptions, weddings, boardroom meetings, lunches, dinners and gala events. The Ritz London is a Grade II star listed building and in 2002 became the first hotel to receive the Royal Warrant from his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for banqueting and catering services. ... more   less 
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