The Library at County Hall

(1686 Reviews)
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
British, Afternoon Tea
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Top offer

Star Deal - 4/6 course tasting menu & a glass of sparkling wine £30/£38 per person

Available dinner Tue-Sat 18:00-20:00 until 31 January 2020, 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 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.

Near the iconic London Eye, this is 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 1686 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (1522)
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  • breakfast (38)
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  • child friendly (59)
  • dinner (179)
  • entertainment (41)
  • large parties (135)
  • lunch (177)
  • luxury (363)
  • private dining (143)
  • romantic (356)
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  • views (772)
  • By Gianna S from Potters Bar
    2 December 2019

    Very good, quiet atmosphere, friendly helpful staff delicious food

  • By Lotte hebel A from Haslev
    1 December 2019

    Excellent service. The surroundings are perfect. It is always a a joy able afternoon.

  • By Margaret B from London
    29 November 2019

    Afternoon tea at the old library is all you could ask for- beautiful setting, yummy food and attentive staff. We had bottomless Prosecco which was topped up generously and we asked for extra sandwiches cos they were so yummy. This was my first time but my daughter has been 4 times now and I can see why. We highly recommend :)

  • By Char L from Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    29 November 2019

    Simply delightful! Gorgeous space. Lots of free flowing champagne!

  • By Jan D from Essex
    26 November 2019

    Really beautiful venue. The view is stunning, food gorgeous but above all the staff were very helpful and polite.

  • By Sheila M from London
    26 November 2019

    Had a great experience for afternoon tea. Arrived early but was able to go straight to table. Staff very attentive and friendly. Lovely choice of teas on offer. Food looked freshly prepared and very appetising. Nice variety of sandwiches. The presseco was flowing nicely. All in all a lovely afternoon spent watching the world go by on the Thames.

  • By Kia seng L from Singapore
    24 November 2019

    Yes, it was a very good afternoon tea experience

  • By Brian B from Lyndhurst
    22 November 2019

    Very nice setting and convenient for County Hall Theatre. Very nice, attentive stafffand really nice food. Recommended.

  • By Carolyn Marjorie G from BROMLEY
    18 November 2019

    Afternoon tea with unlimited bubbles. This was a treat with a friend. The library was fabulous, overlooking Thames and very Christmassy?? Excellent sandwiches, scones & pastries. A thoroughly enjoyable experience!

  • By Joanne M from London
    15 November 2019

    The champagne flowed generously, the afternoon tea was superb and the staff were welcoming and friendly. The view is excellent. A lovely experience

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

Available offers

  • Star Deal - 4/6 course tasting menu & a glass of sparkling wine £30/£38 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
  • Afternoon Tea and a glass of Veuve Clicquot £55per person
  • Free Flowing Champagne Afternoon Tea £65per person
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea £41per person

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