The Library at County Hall

(1713 Reviews)
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
British, Afternoon Tea
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Star Deal - Free-flowing Chapel Down afternoon tea £49 per person

Subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service. Free Flowing for 1.5h

Average

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.

Restaurant description

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 London Cured Salmon and caper butter on beetroot bread and honey cured ham and mustard on spinach bread. Irresistible arrangements of cakes and fancies include matcha tea and white chocolate macaron and the caramelised milk chocolate and chestnut slice, as well as sweet and plain scones served with seasonal jams and clotted cream. Liquid accompaniments include fine leaf teas, flutes of champagne and botanical gin cocktails.

Award-winning Executive Head Chef Jamie Welch has created a new elegant menu for The Library featuring contemporary British dishes with a modern twist. Diners to The Library will have the opportunity to sample a six course tasting menu using the best locally produce sourced seasonally. To complement the experience, a carefully crafted selection of wines has been meticulously paired with each dish to ensure the perfect accompaniment.

Near the iconic London Eye, this is 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.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for The Library at County Hall
4.6
(based on 1713 reviews)

95%
of diners recommend this restaurant

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  • afternoon tea (1542)
  • al fresco (19)
  • breakfast (38)
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  • child friendly (59)
  • dinner (182)
  • entertainment (41)
  • large parties (135)
  • lunch (177)
  • luxury (366)
  • private dining (144)
  • romantic (363)
  • trendy (56)
  • value (399)
  • views (782)
  • By Caroline C from London
    18 February 2020

    Very pleasant setting with a few of the Houses of Parliament and the Thames Our waiter, sorry, can’t remember his name, was fantastic - very accommodating, on the ball and a The Library are lucky to employ him I’d definitely return, my daughter and I had a great afternoon Thank you

  • By Megan H from London
    15 February 2020

    I brought my friend here to celebrate both of our birthdays. I was really disappointed in the service! Some of the lady waitresses were very rude! We were rushed out and the bill came to our table before we had even asked for it! They couldn’t have got rid of us quicker and quite frankly it ruined the experience. I wouldn’t come back. The library itself is a beautiful room so it’s a real shame

  • By Ali D from Bromley
    15 February 2020

    Bit disappointing. I have visited this place many many times (probably 6) and it was my go to and favourite place to have tea. There was a distinct change this time. We were early and happy to sit in the bar but thought we'd ask if we could bring our booking forward as storm Dennis was upon us and maybe it would be an idea to head home a bit earlier than expected. That was fine and they could accommodate this. It didn't seem as busy as usual and there were some free tables, some of which got filled as the afternoon went on. The food was tasty but this time there was no savoury scone as in previous visits. There was less choice of sandwiches and actually nothing special or different to a marks and spencers sarnie.3 little cakes and again these were ok nothing too special. We had opted for the free flowing bubbles and I think we got 3 glasses and only then when we asked. At exactly 1 1/2 hrs we were told to vacate our table. Not because it was busy just because we'd had our time. This had never happened on previous visits. In the past my glass was never empty, the staff were fun and friendly and nothing was too much. We were offered some more sandwiches if we wanted them. No refreshing of our tea was offered. when we paid the bill we cheekily asked for a final top up and were given a little more but not a full glass and told we could take it and sit on the sofa's by the entrance, no suggestion of taking it into the bar next door olthough this is what we did and then spent a nice few hours in there where we spent more money (so it wasn't that we were just after a free flowing drinking session in the library lounge!!) It was a 50th treat for my friend and I and to be honest I wont be back. Nothing special at all and such a disappointment.

  • By Alexandre G from London
    14 February 2020

    Dinner was absolutely perfect !

  • By Adrian B from London
    14 February 2020

    Great decor; well kept building; unique dining room and looks better in real life than in the photos; we had a tasting menu and it was very well presented

  • By Janet H from London
    13 February 2020

    We visited for afternoon tea. The restaurant catered for my crustacea allergy and were very good at explaining the different tea options available. All the team were very attentive and polite and I would suggest this venue is well worth a visit and absorb yourself in the history of the building.

  • By Sophie D from Romsey
    8 February 2020

    A lovely afternoon! Beautiful room, friendly staff, free flowing bubbles. Food was ok, a bit stale but tasty.

  • By Lindsay M from Preston
    30 January 2020

    We were looked after with professionalisms and good customer service . A very enjoyable and relaxing tea.

  • By Sadie H from London
    25 January 2020

    We were told there was no semi or skimmed milk available. After proper looking the lovely waiter found some.. we paid for continuous cava but only had it topped up twice and we had to ask for a glass.. Afternoon tea lovely..

  • By Paula Sowerby N from Preston
    22 January 2020

    Great time, with unlimited Champagne, attentive service, & good food

Restaurant Location Map
The Library at County Hall
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB

Available offers

  • Star Deal - Free-flowing Chapel Down afternoon tea £49 per person
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea £59 per person
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea £49 per person

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