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Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge

The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB 0203 641 7694

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Fantastic location. Lovely afternoon tea with champagne an added bonus! Had a wonderful, relaxing afternoon in very pleasant surroundings. Would definitely recommend.

Sarah Jay 16 November 2014
from Kent

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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.

Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge

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

Contact +44 2079028000
Reservations 0203 641 7694

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Customer reviews for Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge

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  • ((((( by from Chislehurst

    We had table overlooking the Thames & Big Ben & had a choice between 2 tables. Staff were excellent - very attentive & lots of free flowing bubbles as promised! Afternoon Tea was excellent too & kept being asked if we wanted more. Unfortunately there are building works going on outside & we could hear the drilling from time to time but staff were quick to come over and apologise but it in no way caused our afternoon experience to be ruined - would thoroughly recommend the Marriott Hotel.

  • ((((( by from Tonbridge

    Probably best tea in London. Fantastic view of Big Ben. Staff very attentive and champagne really is freefiowing! Very nice intimate room with lots of privacy without feeling isolated.

  • (**** by from Harlow

    The food was really bad. Sandwiches were dry & the fillings were not good. Cakes were tiny & too many flavour combinations plus they were hard or dry. Scones had no flavour & were undercooked. I would not recommend this to anyone sorry.

  • ((((* by from Chelmsford

    A great afternoon tea with friends. Flowing cava a bonus! Lovely views too! Been to this hotel twice now previously dining in the Gillray's restaurant. Would recommend both. Its a shame the drilling below for the new Shrek Adventure site is affecting both clients and staff alike!!

  • ((((( by from Essex

    Free flowing it certainly was. The view was outstanding as promised and a good selection of goodies. Sandwich plate replenished when asked. I would indeed recommend The Library for a sophisticated afternoon treat

  • ((((* by from London

    Comfortable and relaxed surroundings, efficient and friendly service. The Afternoon Tea was of good standard, particularly the
    savory scones. The "bubbles" flowed freely and overall it was an enjoyable experience and value for money.

  • ((((( by from Basingstoke

    The Tea was excellent and so was the service. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The downside was the 12 per cent service charge that we had to pay at the end. None of this was mentioned when booking this and this does need to be brought to the attention of buyers. To pay £36 per person was good value for free flowing bubbles but then to be hit with an extra £9 seemed a bit unfair and this was without gratuity.

  • (((** by from Croydon

    The overall ambiance of the old County Hall building at this time of year sets you in the right frame of mind to have a cosy tea in a lovely wood panelled library. We were a bit disappointed when we spotted our likely table, away from the lovely river views by the window, just by the entrance, but the staff were really accommodating and found us another table in a much better location within the library. Still not right by the window but just a table away. It was unlimited bubbles and they did not stint on that, however the tea was a little less generous, one round of finger sandwiches which were a tad away from stale, the scones were okay, and the danties afterwards were fine but no offers of top ups, and one pot of tea and I had to ask for a hot water top up.
    Once the guests by the window had left there was no problem for us to move to their table, and just enjoy the view and experience. So on balance very good value for money just taking into account the free flowing bubbles but if you wanted to have a good tea, then you need to perhaps go to somewhere like the Savoy which is nearly twice the price, but without the bubbles but a whole lot more good quality food. I would not like to put anyone off trying, and if it was my first tea experience I would have absolutely enjoyed it but having a point of comparison it is not as good as it so nearly was

  • ((((* by from London

    The welcome from the staff was lovely, very friendly and efficient. The selection of teas was plentiful and we were given time to make our selection. The selection of sandwiches was varied and all were very tasty. The scones came with a cream cheese for the cheese scones and clotted cream and jam for the fruit ones, which had a yummy cinnamon/sugar glaze. The bubbles really were free flowing and this made for a really lovely afternoon. The only disappointment was the selection of cakes which weren't as tasty as we had hoped.

  • ((((* by from Kingswood

    My friend and I had a fabulous time. The staff that served us were lovely, very attentive and friendly. Would definitely choose this venue again. Great value, and a wonderful view over London.

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