The Library at County Hall

(1675 Reviews)
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
British, Afternoon Tea
A la carte menu

Top offer

Star Deal - Afternoon tea with free-flowing bubbles £39 per person (£43 Sat-Sun)

Available Mon-Sun until 31st January 2020, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service. 2 hours slot seatings. Free- flowing bubbles served for 1.5 hours only.


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.

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
(based on 1675 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (1511)
  • al fresco (19)
  • breakfast (38)
  • business (115)
  • child friendly (59)
  • dinner (178)
  • entertainment (41)
  • large parties (135)
  • lunch (176)
  • luxury (361)
  • private dining (143)
  • romantic (354)
  • trendy (56)
  • value (395)
  • views (769)
  • By Dagmar K from London
    8 November 2019

    On arrival the table was not ready as yet, we waited in the next doors bar, which is very nice. Wondered if one might return on another occasion. Jackets were located in wardrobe. I liked the choosing of the tea by smelling samples. The variety was great. The scones were fresh/ warm, the clotted cream fine. It would be unrealistic to expect comported strawberries for the price. The little tarts were good, the berry one particularly nice. The sandwiches were good. For a German the bread always is a bit too much like toast and as it was kept in the fridge always a bit too 'pappig' but the toppings were variable and nice in flavours. The teas we had very loose leafs and good. The 'bubbly' was actually very tasty and the 2+ glasses more than plenty. The view is awesome the room with its indeed library interior and subsections cost and calm and the staff very attentive. The time allocated was plenty and it never felt rushed. Yes, I can recommend this.

  • By Pauline J from London
    26 October 2019

    We were celebrating a birthday here and we had a wonderful time. Lovely venue, delicious food, fabulous venue with a lot of history and great company. The lady who was serving us was very knowledgeable about the various teas on offer and she was very attentive to all of our needs. A great venue for any family event or celebration.

  • By Marie B from Surrey
    26 October 2019

    Great view of the river. The service was excellent. Would recommend the free flowing champagne afternoon tea.

  • By Maddy L from London
    25 October 2019

    Afternoon Tea at County Hall Library We had a truly exceptional Afternoon Tea experience at County Hall which more than lived up to expectations! The setting was exquisite and we had a phenomenal view of the Thames and Big Ben. The food was delicious and beautifully presented and the bubbles were free flowing! However, what really made this experience special was the staff; the quality of pre service was outstanding, Alina ensured all my requests to make this afternoon special for my fiend were met. Auroa and Jamie were so welcoming and served us with such style attending to our every whim!My friend had a wonderful time (as did we) and was quite overwhelmed - Thank you so much

  • By Kathy W from Basingstoke
    19 October 2019

    Fabulous afternoon tea. Delicious food & attentive service. Great location.

  • By Philip A from Sittingbourne
    12 October 2019

    Ambience in the restaurant is the best feature and perfect for a romantic candle lit dinner for two overlooking the Thames. Service was very good and staff were friendly. We went for the 6-course taster menu, which we both agreed was disappointing and the wine pairing also didnt wow.

  • By Claire M from London
    4 October 2019

    Lovely friendly staff on arrival nice table with great view over the Thames Delicious food sandwiches were fabulous very fresh and even able to order some more Fairly attentive staff had to wait a couple of times for things trying to catch the eye of waiting staff Bottomless bubbles very nice although felt we could have been topped up before being told our time was finishing Overall a pleasant experience and I would return however it is on the pricey side compared to others I have done in london

  • By Josephine M from Middlesex
    22 September 2019

    This was my 3rd visit but the 1st time I’d taken my friend, who was Celebrating her 60th Birthday. Overall a lovely afternoon even if it did pour down. Food and Fizz went down a treat. Just disappointed at the Bill was charged 96.75 and on Bookatable whom I booked it with stated 43.00 each on weekends. I didn’t query it as I thought I may of read it wrong (and didn’t want to query as my friend was there at the time) But got home and checked and it did read 43.00. Do you know why I was charged the extra? I have kept the receipt.

  • By Georg A from Collogne
    20 September 2019

    Fabolous, extraordinary, absolut perferct in any kind!

  • By Mrs mathabang Z from London
    14 September 2019

    The place was perfect. Food delicious

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

Available offers

  • Star Deal - Afternoon tea with free-flowing bubbles £39 per person (£43 Sat-Sun)
  • Star Deal - 4/6 course tasting menu & a glass of sparkling wine £30/£38 per person
  • Afternoon Tea and a glass of Champagne £49per person
  • Afternoon Tea and a glass of Veuve Clicquot £55per person
  • Free Flowing Champagne Afternoon Tea £65per person
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea £41per person
  • Christmas Day Carvery £89 per person

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