The Library at County Hall

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

Top offer

Star Deal - Afternoon tea with free-flowing bubbles £41 per person (£43 Sat-Sun)

Available Mon-Sun (Sat 12:00-13:30 only) until 31 January 2019, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service. Free-flowing bubbles will be served for 1.5 hours.



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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  • By Delia C from Chelmsford
    12 January 2019

    What a lovely place to dine fantastic service and beautiful views of the Thames

  • By Marta R from London
    10 January 2019

    We had a great experience. My family loved it. Portions were very generous. Service extreanelly attentive.

  • By Angelika D from Cuckfield, Haywards Heath
    2 January 2019

    I was very disappointed! I have written to the restaurant but have not had a reply from them. I had requested no fish or seafood (with the booking well in advance) and therefore did not have the following two items from the menu: H Forman and Son London Cured Salmon and Caper Butter, Beetroot Bread and Crayfish Cocktail and Maryrose mini brioche roll. Instead they were replaced by ham sandwiches with a ketchup and mayo sauce on very basic white bread. Not only did we just receive one type of replacement sandwich, they were also cheap, tasteless and dry and it felt like we were served the leftovers from the restaurant's breakfast buffet. The way the tea was prepared with the leaves directly in the pots made it stewed and bitter after a while and we were not offered any re-fills. The placement of our party also added to the disappointment. We were in a corner with an unmade table next to us and therefore did not think we had the atmosphere of dining out. Clearly, it's out of your control that Big Ben was covered in scaffolding, but there was nothing in the way of service or experience that could detract from the disappointing food we were served and I would not be able to recommend this experience to anyone. We would have had a better time if I bought a selection of cakes and delis from Waitrose and served them up on a plate myself at home!

  • By Colin E from London
    18 December 2018

    Great food, service, friendly staff, lovely setting and surroundings. What more could I ask for!

  • By Audrey O from London
    14 December 2018

    A lovely meal with friends, the view of the river was fantastic!

  • 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.

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