The Library at County Hall

(1657 Reviews)
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
British, Afternoon Tea
A la carte menu

Top offer

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

Available dinner Tue-Sat until 30 September 2019, 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.

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 1657 reviews)

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  • By Asa U from Lacey
    6 August 2019

    It was great experience with great food and we so enjoyed the view. Arrived early, which was not a problem, and we got a table asap.

  • By gry kristiansen K from Geneve
    3 August 2019

    Very lovely afternoon, friendly , polite, and lovely scones. The Cava was filled up as we went along, discreetly and efficiently. Well worth a booking !

  • By Joanne T from London
    3 August 2019

    Lovely afternoon tea, free flowing bubbles were lovely and the staff were polite and attentive

  • By Sarah E E from London
    1 August 2019

    This was my third visit to the Library Lounge for afternoon tea and was as good as ever. One small change was that we were not brought the lovely old wooden box of teas to smell before making our choice however the food and service were excellent and our glasses of cava were never less than half full! The waitresses were so friendly and efficient and brought us a very generous second helping of sandwiches. In my opinion the Library Lounge offers the best value afternoon tea in beautiful traditional surroundings with first class service and delicious food. Thank you!

  • By Nicola D from RIPON
    31 July 2019

    We had dinner here in the evening for a family gathering. The service was excellent, both value for money and quality. The food was excellent and we had great views of the Thames from the elegant setting of The Library. A great evening - thank you, we will be coming back!

  • By Harold S from Reading, UK
    27 July 2019

    great environment. excellent food.

  • By Mala M from London
    27 July 2019

    Great afternoon tea selection plus additional sandwiches on offer. Very strict on the time limit though.

  • By Jennifer B from Stoke-on-Trent
    21 July 2019

    Afternoon Tea was amazing!

  • By Giselle K from London
    17 July 2019

    Lovely food and great service. Maria in particular was very friendly and helpful.

  • By Max J from London
    12 July 2019

    Wonderful evening excellent service, food and venue

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

Available offers

  • Star Deal - 3-course dinner & a glass of sparkling wine £29 per person
  • Star Deal - Afternoon tea with free-flowing bubbles £39 per person (£43 Sat-Sun)
  • Afternoon Tea and a glass of Champagne £49per person
  • Free Flowing Champagne Afternoon Tea £65per person
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea £41per person

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