We booked for afternoon tea about 4 months ago, for my 40th Birthday and my Husbands 50th Birthday. It was everything we thought it would be. Staff were attentive and pleasant. The sandwiches were delicious and the clotted cream scones freshly baked and still warm. We had ordered in advance the Traditional Fruit Cake as a Birthday cake, which we were able to bring home and is delicious.
The Dress Code is formal, no jeans, no trainers and jackets with ties for men, most of the ladies were in summer dresses. 99% of the Afternoon tea guests were wearing the appropriate attire, it would seem a shame to make all that effort and not come properly dressed.
There were a couple of children there for our sitting, but I don't think we would have wanted to bring our 3 boys as I just don't think they would have appreciated it and to have spent all that money only to be distracted by children would have been a shame, in my opinion - but it depends on the occasion. For us, it was a chance for couple time, being waited on hand on foot, being made to feel special.
If you want to continue to soak up the atmosphere and make such a wonderful experience last a little bit longer you can sit outside the Palm Court and listen to the pianist, or purchase the teas and similar gifts at the Hotel Reception.
If you have luggage from an overnight stop or lots of shopping etc they have a cloakroom for storage and a visit to the toilets is a must!
Overall it was an amazing experience, living up to and exceeding expectations!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz London Hotel London
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- London Ritz-Carlton