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The Rubens at the Palace

#441 of 17,938 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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39 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS, England
+44 20 7834 6600
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Innisfil, Canada
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had afternoon tea here while in London. Lovely waitstaff was attentive and informative Food was very good from little sandwiches to sweet desserts. Too much food that they packaged up our remaining sweet treats to have at another time.

Thank Rikki M
Derby, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a red letter voucher from work and booked afternoon tea ! The staff were wonderful, welcoming and not at all snooty ! We had a table in the window which at first struck us as a little odd... you sit side by side on a sofa with your back to the rest of the room.. but it was... More 

Thank Rosie T
MalcolmHendry, General Manager at The Rubens at the Palace, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your kind review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us so much for Afternoon Tea. Thank you for mentioning my team who were on duty the day of your reservation- I know they will be so pleased when they read your kind comments. I am delighted that our cream scones... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent 2 nights here and everything was fantastic, from the first moment to the last and every interaction with every staff member it was all first class. We travelled to see a show and it was a joint birthday celebration...mine on day of arrival and partners on day of departure. On arrival we were given a complimentary upgrade to a... More 

Thank phillip P
Edinburgh, Scotland
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170 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As I was staying at The Rubens because of its convenience to Victoria Station and the ease of travelling out to Kent, I perhaps did not avail myself of all the many luxuries and indulgences that this magnificent hotel has to offer. I stayed two nights and had to travel out to Orpington for my cousin's funeral last Wednesday afternoon,... More 

Thank MadamZsaZsa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had booked Afternoon tea here. It was the best we have had, and we have had a few !!!! The service was outstanding. A lovely 2 hours

Thank stevenjoannet
Bath, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit was at lunchtime. We were welcomed warmly. Service was good. The surroundings comfortable. The food was excellent.

Thank holidaygirl329
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my mum here for afternoon tea as a treat after Christmas. It's a gorgeous hotel very old world but modern as well. Good service great tea and cakes would definitely go again and hope to actually stay there in the near future.

Thank Sandra C
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we arrived fifteen minutes early for our booked time we were shown into the adjoining bar which is beautifully decorated and decided to spoil ourselves with a prosecco. The whole afternoon tea was delicious! There was a good selection of fresh finger sandwiches and one small bun, a small round jam sandwich, two light scones with raspberry jam, clotted... More 

Thank angela123_10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

After wondering around the city and Buckingham Palace we called into The Ruben at the Palace. This place is beautiful and very opulent but not to the degree of being snobby. The staff are extremely friendly and all had a genuine interest in their guests. We were not staying in the hotel but went for a cocktail in the back... More 

Thank Carrick S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Red Carnation hotels are well known for their high quality and attentive service and this afternoon tea at The Rubens did not disappoint. We sat at the window directly opposite the Royal Mews which was a great source of entertainment and made it even more fun. Settings were nice, food was good and waitstaff were friendly and helpful. We had... More 

Thank Jacqueline G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Westminster
  • Neighbourhood: Westminster
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7834 6600
The Rubens at the Palace is located on London's Buckingham Palace Road and plays home to the Rubens restaurants. The Old Masters' Restaurant serves some of London's finest traditional cooking, including a sensational rib of Aberdeen Angus with Yorkshire pudding and a mouth-watering buffet laden with delicious dishes. This grand carvery and grill room oozes old-world charm and elegance. The Library Restaurant serves award-winning modern British food in an intimate, relaxed environment with comfortable armchairs and a traditional-style decor. Its 2 AA Rosette standard cuisine features signature dishes including Cornish scallops or a delectable combination of Irish and Scottish salmon carved at your table and followed by New Forest venison or Dedham Vale fillet of beef. The Palace Lounge follows through from the Cavalry Bar and is a magnificent bright open space with views of the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's stables. This is a great vantage point from which to spot the passing pageantry, a daily occurrence being so close to the palace! Guests love to enjoy an afternoon tea and watch the world go by, or at night a liqueur in one of the cosy armchairs. In the evenings, a pianist provides lively music and entertainment, helping guests relax and unwind in friendly surroundings.

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Staying in Westminster

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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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