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£78
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Amazing, incredible, unlimited everything and WOW!” – for a “quintessential afternoon tea experience”, the “elegant, calm and bright” third-floor dining room of The Queen’s favourite grocer offers a “fine” (and “extremely filling”) experience, encompassing “a tea selection to die for”, “wonderfully inventive cakes”, and “delicious and plentiful sandwiches and scones”. “Yes, it is a bit pricey, but it’s an experience to be savoured, and the posh doggie bag they give you means dinner is sorted too…”

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£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Nowhere compares to the exquisite setting and experience of Fortnum & Mason high tea”, according to fans of the “delicious sandwiches (made with interesting breads), excellent selection of teas and best-ever drinking chocolate” graciously served on the third floor of The Queen’s favourite grocer. “A lovely place for a special occasion – it’s become very expensive, but this doesn’t seem to dent the enthusiasm of the hordes of family groups, ladies-who-lunch and tourists!”. “It can be a bit too much food, but they offer you a doggy bag of the uneaten cakes, jam, scones…”

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£67
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

For “a quintessential afternoon tea” in the heart of the West End, the “delightfully traditional” third-floor chamber of Piccadilly’s world-famous grocer slugs it out with the nearby Ritz (and to a lesser extent The Wolseley) as London’s best-known destination. Naturally “it’s a tourist trap, but not overwhelmingly so”, and – although some reporters feel “there is better elsewhere for a fraction of the cost” – the majority view remains that the “non-stop sandwiches and delicious cakes-with-a-twist” are “still special” here (there are also “lots of savoury and dairy free options”). “The choice of teas is extensive too, and you can sample different ones throughout the afternoon”. “You will not need an evening meal…”. Top Tip – “the scones are a piece of heaven: fresh, fluffy and warm with a dusting of sugar alongside their own dream-come-true jams”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The best selection of teas in town” and “exceptional, endlessly refreshed platters” of sandwiches and cakes help establish this “stylish and beautiful” chamber on the third floor of the famous St James’s grocery store as “a wonderful spot for a special celebration afternoon tea”.

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Have you eaten at Fortnum & Mason, The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon?

Owner's description

The Tea Salon

SERVING TEA SINCE 1926

Our Tea Salon has been a great many of things for over 307 years. Beginning as an apartment for the Fortnum family, an interior decorating department in the 1920s and 1930s, and an antiques department and a restaurant known as St. James’s, it now pays homage to the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea. 

Epitomising the sophistication of Afternoon and High Tea in all its splendour, our Diamond Jubilee was named in honour of Her Majesty’s visit in 2012, when she formally opened the room, in the company of their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £55.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1   Always Available  
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.50
Filter Coffee £2.95
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu
10-60
No trainers
40
181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑7 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑7 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑7 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑7 pm
Friday11 am‑7 pm
Saturday11 am‑7 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑5:45 pm

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