The Library at County Hall

(1671 Reviews)
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
British, Afternoon Tea

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.

Customer reviews for The Library at County Hall
(based on 1671 reviews)

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  • 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

  • By Lillian B from Esher
    4 September 2019

    It was just perfect a special treat for my neice and myself we lost my sister recently and my neice and I visited the shard and then tea very nice waiting staff and pleasant experience I will definitely return and recommend

  • By Linda P from Sidcup
    4 September 2019

    Air conditioning was too cold. Room was bland needed some colour. Food was good. Tea choices were also good.

  • By Anne L from Hornchurch
    1 September 2019

    Delicious sandwiches which were easily replenished. Beautiful scones and tasty pastries. Lovely mint tea and the cava was replenished often.

  • By Martin S from Copenhagen
    30 August 2019

    Overall very good experience!

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