Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge

The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB +44 2036417694

(4.7)
British
Average
Food Spend £32

This was the second time I visited here, and it was just as perfect as the first! Great views, free flowing Cava, nice sandwiches and treats and attentive staff. The perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Rosemary 26 September 2014
From London

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Offering postcard-worthy views over Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge is housed in the Marriott County Hall Hotel. In this landmark building, gorgeous library-style surroundings offer old world charm.

On The Library Lounge menu, freshly-cut finger sandwiches feature traditional fillings with a refined twist, with offerings like cucumber & mint, Surrey duck egg mayonnaise and succulent roast beef with horseradish. Irresistible arrangements of cakes and fancies include English rhubarb and white chocolate lollipop or Valrhona chocolate mousse, as well as sweet and savoury scones served with seasonal jams and artisanal cheeses.

Piled high bookshelves and plush armchairs make for wonderfully cosy surroundings at The Library Lounge London. Luxurious liquid accompaniments include fine leaf teas, elegant flutes of champagne and sparkling wine, and cleansing gin cocktails.

A quintessentially English retreat in one of the city’s most vibrant areas, The Library Lounge South Bank is 4 minutes’ walk from Waterloo Station. The Library Lounge can be accessed via the main entrance to the London Marriott Hotel on Westminster Bridge Road. Alternatively, enter via the South Bank (Queen's Walk), above the London Aquarium. Valet parking is also available on site.

Customer Reviews for Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge

4.7

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(5)
26 September 2014 by Rosemary from London
This was the second time I visited here, and it was just as perfect as the first! Great views, free flowing Cava, nice sandwiches and treats and attentive staff. The perfect way to spend an afternoon.
(5)
23 September 2014 by Lesley Hastings from London
Lovely Sunday afternoon spent in the Library Lounge - our glasses were never even half empty and the scones and cakes were scrummy.
(5)
22 September 2014 by Kitty from kent
Enjoyable afternoon spent in the Library Lounge. Attentive staff and lovely surroundings. Worth a visit.
(5)
19 September 2014 by Monica Huggins from essex
A loverly 'afternoon tea with bubbles' in the heart of London. The staff were attentive and so helpful, a big thanks to them all for making our time here so nice. Would recommend this.
(5)
18 September 2014 by Rachel Limbricksmith from Redhill
Alexandra and her team were excellent again ! Fantastic service , beautiful selection of cakes and the bubbles are definitely free flowing ! It's my 5th visit , never fails , highly recommend
(5)
18 September 2014 by Karen Clinton from London
The setting was beautiful overlooking the Thames and with a great view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The choice of teas was good although no jasmine which was a shame. The staff were excellent and extremely helpful. So all good, the great selection of sandwiches and cakes that came with our tea finished the afternoon off to perfection. Was a great girly afternoon. Would definitely go back again.
(5)
18 September 2014 by Bertha lydia Jones from Bromley
Treated my friend for her birthday, and we both enjoyed the experience, staff were first class, and kept our glasses filled. We had a lovely view of Big Ben, looking out on to the Thames in the Library, and we were not rushed in anyway. Did not realise we could have ordered more sandwiches, preferred them to the scones, did not like the flavour of the scones.
(4)
17 September 2014 by Beverley Evans from London
Lovely setting, very friendly staff, tea was lovely and best of all the free flowing bubbles. Must give it a go.
(5)
11 September 2014 by MG/KP from Romford
Loved it! Hope that other Afternoon Tea experiences I have are like this one! As soon as we arrived at the hotel my friend and I were greeted by a very smiley approachable young lady who showed us the way to the Library Lounge as we'd not been here before. We were 'handed over' to Elena who showed us to our table; I was pleased that they allocated us a table with fantastic views (which I did ask for when I booked) of the Thames, Big Ben etc. Also there was plenty of room between tables didn't feel like you were on top of other diners. We made ourselves comfy in the wood clad library, it was lovely and tranquiI and in next to no time we were given our "free flowing bubbles" which was very acceptable and we were VERY regularly"topped up"!! Next we were shown a selection of teas and invited to smell each of them before making our choice; we chose Orange and Cinnamon, good choice. We originally chose a Blackcurrant one but they had run out (may have been a good idea not to have kept this one in the box to choose from - just a minor criticism). Our tea and 3 tiered plate of sandwiches, scones and sweet delights arrived and time was taken to explain to us what we were about to consume; we were told that we could request more, which we did. The sandwiches were adequate, wholemeal and white bread, small amount of filling but very tasty: fillings were smoke salmon, beef horseradish, egg, ham mustard; we had 2 types scones 1 savoury, 1 sweet these were favourite and served with cream cheese (savoury) and clotted cream and jam (sweet). Our teapots were replenished and so were our "bubbles" yet again !! Our final delight was the top tier - beautifully crafted macaroons, salted caramel and chocolate creations - we were in heaven. We ate everything up. No hesitation in recommending this to others. We were not rushed at all, we were there on a Tuesday for over 2 hrs, not sure what Friday and weekends are like. Will definitely return. The attending staff were so friendly.
(3)
9 September 2014 by Angela Price from London
Free flowing bubbles offer was a good deal but not the best afternoon tea I have experienced ( and I have done a lot) however staff were very friendly and courteous. Unfortunately sandwiches were dry and fillings scarce and scones were very hard. The furniture in the room was dusty and the seats needed a good steam clean to get stains out ! Little touches like this make a good establishment a great establishment.

Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge

The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB

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