The Library at County Hall
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB +44 2036417694
- Main course: £21
- Food spend: £41
- Opening hours
- Monday: 14:00 - 17:30 Tuesday to Friday: 14:00 - 20:00 Saturday: 12:00 - 20:30 Sunday: 12:00 - 16:30.
Good food, service and environment
05 August 2018
Offering postcard-worthy views over Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, The Library serves up a delicious afternoon tea throughout the day and a sumptuous set supper at night. Located in the Marriott County Hall Hotel, The Library features oak bookcases stacked with the classics and busts of literary and historical figures like Shakespeare, Plato and Milton, which transport diners back to the glamorous era of the 1920s.
On The Library menu, afternoon tea features freshly cut finger sandwiches filled with reimagined classics like chives and hot smoked salmon with crème fraîche in mini brioche buns, watercress egg mayo on brown loaf bread, and coronation chicken on carrot loaf bread. Irresistible arrangements of cakes and fancies include salted caramel chocolate cups, strawberry meringue nest and white chocolate raspberry tart, as well as sweet and savoury scones served with seasonal jams and artisanal cheeses. Liquid accompaniments include fine leaf teas, flutes of champagne and botanical gin cocktails.
The Library also offers a fixed evening menu featuring a modern take on the classics like seasonal game terrine with cranberry and orange jam, pan-fried cod with celeriac chips and pea salsa, and puddings such as gin and tonic syllabub served with candied cucumber. To bookend your evening, choose a tipple from the Art Deco-style after-dinner drinks trolley, which will make its way around the restaurant.
A quintessentially English retreat in one of the city’s most vibrant areas, The Marriot County Hall Hotel is 4 minutes’ walk from Waterloo Station. The Library London can be accessed via the main entrance on Westminster Bridge Road or alternatively, enter via the South Bank (Queen's Walk), above the London Aquarium. Valet parking is also available on site.
The Library at County Hall
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
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Customer reviews for The Library at County Hall
((((( 14 August 2018 by Marina from London
Everything was delicious, service was amazing, highly recommend
((((* 14 August 2018 by Lesley from London
Charming tea with unlimited Prosecco in delightful surroundings. Lovely setting, good quality food and excellent service. No complaints at all and relatively good value.
((((( 12 August 2018 by Deborah from London
Had a great afternoon at The Library. Great setting overlooking the River Thames and The Houses of Parliament and very close to The London Eye. Arrived early so had an amazing gin and tonic in the bar before heading into The Library for bottomless Presecco Afternoon Tea which was gorgeous. (The gin and tonic in the bar was so big the staff very kindly changed our Afternoon Tea to 30 minutes later so that we could sit in the bar, enjoy the views and savour our drink). All the staff were brilliantly attentive and friendly from arriving at the entrance of the hotel, to the bar staff and the staff serving in the Library, just the right amount of attention and fantastic service. Great time and would happily go again.
((((( 5 August 2018 by Shihhan from Taipei
Good food, service and environment
((((( 4 August 2018 by Mark from Raleigh, NC, USA
This was charming, a wonderful afternoon tea to have in London. The setting was great, I really enjoyed the cozy library atmosphere and the great view of the Thames out the window. Suggestion: I really like to have a printed card with descriptions of the sandwiches, scones, and treats served. The waiter described them all, but we found ourselves not remembering details as we tried each one.
((((( 3 August 2018 by Jane from London
Amazing surroundings, exceptional service and wonderful food and drink. As it was my birthday they brought me a birthday cake platter and more sparkling wine!!!
((((( 24 July 2018 by Diane from The Library at County Hall
We had a fabulous time, lovely atmosphere and helpful staff. I would go again.
((((* 24 July 2018 by Jeannine from London
Hotel is in the best location in London, great view onto the river since I got a table by the window. Food was very nice too. Staff was a bit disorganised and forgettable. The prosecco was warm. Romantic atmosphere when you go around sunset time.
((((* 21 July 2018 by Ronald from London
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch (3 courses plus glass of sparkling wine for £29). The de-constructed fish pie, chosen by three of us, was somewhat odd but tasty enough. Two of us chose the cheese plate for dessert, which was exceptional. We didn't have a bottle of wine to accompany our meal as the least expensive pinot grigio was actually quite expensive. We had a wonderful table overlooking the Thames and Houses of Parliament. None of us had been in The Marriot at County Hall previously, it's a quite spectacular building. Overall we had a most enjoyable time.
((((( 19 July 2018 by David from Dartford
The Library is an extremely elegant dining room with tables spread out across the room and not too close together. We were lucky enough to have a table by the window looking out on the Thames. The service was very efficient & friendly. We had the set menu for £29 which included a glass of prosecco. For starters we had prawn cocktail and corned beef hash both of which were delicious. For mains we had fish pie and chicken wrapped in parma ham. These were beautifully presented and tasted as good as they looked. We did order an additional side dish of triple cooked chips but, unfortunately, these were not particularly good quality. For desserts we both had the Irish cream cheesecake with coffee ice cream. This was very light but delicious and not too sweet. There are a range of beers and wines on offer. The wine seemed somewhat overpriced and so we stuck with beer (a good selection of draught and bottled) and soft drinks.
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