The Library at County Hall

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

Top offer

Star Deal - 3-course dinner & a glass of sparkling wine £29 per person

Available dinner Tue-Sat until 15 March, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.



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 Paprika chicken with peppery rocket in Carrot and Coriander bread, Grilled pumpkin and fennel muffins and Mushroom, leek and brie cheese quiche in a multi-grain tart. Irresistible arrangements of cakes and fancies include Lemon thyme and praline meringue tart, Amarena cherry and dark chocolate brownie delice, 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.

The Library also offers a fixed evening menu featuring a modern take on the classics like Slow Roasted Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork Belly, Pan Seared Wood Pigeon, Curried Lamb Shoulder and puddings such as Sticky Toffee and Apple and Cinnamon Tart . 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.

Customer reviews for The Library at County Hall
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  • breakfast (36)
  • lunch (163)
  • luxury (341)
  • al fresco (18)
  • private dining (133)
  • child friendly (58)
  • views (727)
  • business (104)
  • trendy (55)
  • entertainment (40)
  • large parties (127)
  • value (378)
  • afternoon tea (1456)
  • dinner (150)
  • romantic (330)
  • By Jonathon W from London
    8 December 2018

    Food was good , the cocktails and staff were amazing. The building is beautiful we are gong again

  • By Anitha C from Ljungsbro
    5 December 2018

    Excellent service! The plates were refilled with our favourites and the bubbles were truly flowing

  • By Sarah E from London
    3 December 2018

    We enjoyed a fabulous free flowing bubbles afternoon tea, food was excellent and plentiful and the staff were very generous with top ups! The Library has a wonderful warm and cosy ambiance and was beautifully decorated. The 2 members of staff on duty on 3rd December afternoon are a credit to the hotel and should be commended for their excellent customer service, they were very efficient, polite, friendly and kind which made our relaxing afternoon even more enjoyable

  • By Joanne S from Sutton
    29 November 2018

    We had a lovely afternoon. Excellent service and fab savouries and cake. Felt really looked after. Thanks The Library. I’m sure we will be visiting again in 2019!

  • By David L from Woking
    28 November 2018

    The old Library is a rather grand and atmospheric place, and the view over the Thames and Big Ben is really interesting. Afternoon tea is an excellent event, with plenty of Cava to wash it down! The traditional tea , of small savouries and sandwiches, sweet and plain scones, and beautiful little cakes, is first class. The service is outstanding, with friendly and attentive staff.

  • By Maria W from Chelmsford
    26 November 2018

    Would definitely recommend. A lovely experience, great venue and lovely food. Bubbles was definitely free flowing. Friendly staff too!

  • By Lynne M from Essex
    23 November 2018

    Had a very nice evening we ate in the library great view, service very good, but sorry to say the service in the bar was not as good

  • By Carol M from London
    23 November 2018

    We had a great experience at The Library at County Hall. A party of 9 of us went to celebrate a retirement from work & it was a really special experience. Despite their website saying they could only accommodate a maximum of 6 per table, we were put on a single, large round table, with amazing views across the Thames to Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament. Being the end of November, the place was wonderfully decorated for Xmas and had a very welcoming atmosphere. The food was very good and we were impressed with both the choices on the set menu and with the portion sizes. The staff were attentive and service was prompt, although we were in no way rushed through our meal. Thoroughly recommended.

  • By Alan L from Ingatestone
    17 November 2018

    This is our second visit to the Library and it will not be our last. We enjoy the ambience,the lovely view of the Thames,the excellent service and of course the food

  • By Katherine B from London
    17 November 2018

    Food was exquisite. Liked everything about it-welcoming atmosphere and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.

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