The Library at County Hall

(1648 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.

Average

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
4.6
(based on 1648 reviews)

95%
of diners recommend this restaurant

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (1488)
  • al fresco (19)
  • breakfast (37)
  • business (111)
  • child friendly (59)
  • dinner (172)
  • entertainment (41)
  • large parties (134)
  • lunch (172)
  • luxury (354)
  • private dining (141)
  • romantic (347)
  • trendy (56)
  • value (391)
  • views (756)
  • By Max J from London
    12 July 2019

    Wonderful evening excellent service, food and venue

  • By N P from London
    5 July 2019

    I think the service was great, and so was the location. However I think the food was bland and very uninspiring. Most of the things you can buy in the supermarket so nothing special. The scones were dry and did not appear fresh, more like warmed up just before our arrival. Sandwiches- ok but you can find these almost anywhere for an afternoon tea. Overall I thought the food was a let down. Everything else was very good.

  • By Anita P from London
    5 July 2019

    A day in London with a friend who does not come to London much. Everything was perfect, from the instagramey entrance, greetings from the doorman, taken to our table to the food and views. We were early so our table was not ready and we were shown to the bar. As we were having a free flowing deal, we declined the waiter's offer of help, As it was a hot day, he suggested a glass of water. That was so sweet of him. Our table was not ready not because the restaurant was full but because they said they were waiting for a table with views for us. And the views were spectacular. SUPER table with views over the river. The sandwiches were freshly made and not pre made as my friend does not like mayonnaise, mustard or any other condiments and I am vegetarian. The bubbles free flowed but the service was slow to top up. But all in all a super fab place

  • By Angela H from London
    10 June 2019

    Lovely afternoon tea, a real sense of occasion, without being pretentious. Darryl the manager really does take pride in the service that's provided, and our waiter was lovely.

  • By Catherine C from London
    10 June 2019

    The window setting overlooking Westminster Bridge (which I'd requested at the time of booking) was perfect for our afternoon tea - and the fizz definitely kept flowing without any request from us! From our initial welcome throughout our meal we were looked after perfectly - professionally but with a sense of humour that suited us well. Aurora was attentive to our service, and time and care meant we understood the wide choice of teas available, the finger sandwich fillings (delicious different types of bread as well as fillings), the choice of scones (jam & cream of course) and the delectable patisserie. No rush, lots of space in the Library and welcoming staff throughout the hotel - the doorman excelled at finding three cabs for us on day of total downpour. Thanks to all for making our visit so thoroughly enjoyable and memorable. Would definitely return and recommend.

  • By Liz M from London
    8 June 2019

    Great food and service.

  • By Trish C from FARNBOROUGH
    8 June 2019

    The staff were all delightful, helpful and friendly. Lovely view of the river Thames. Food was delicious and nicely presented.

  • By Amanda Y from Leigh on Sea
    8 June 2019

    Beautiful room with excellent views across the Thames Staff very attentive and helpful Second time here and I will definitely be going back

  • By Jane B from Hatfield
    8 June 2019

    A lovely experience with good food. Table was delayed due to earlier fire alarm. Staff made sure we were looked after in the lounge bar while we waited.

  • By Sylvia M from London
    8 June 2019

    Everything was excellent, the food, champagne and service.

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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