The Library at County Hall

(1666 Reviews)
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
British, Afternoon Tea

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.

Customer reviews for The Library at County Hall
(based on 1666 reviews)

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  • 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!

  • By Ian C from Stevenage
    29 August 2019

    Lovely Tea and bubbles . Good view of Thames and Palace of Westminster. Really good service.

  • By Cheryl E from sevenoaks
    29 August 2019


  • By Linda B from Nottingham
    24 August 2019

    The Library Lounge has a wonderful ambience with fantastic views across the Thames to the Palace of Westminster. We enjoyed looking at the bookcases and also the wonderful cartoons in the loos (not as strange as you may think!!) We enjoyed 3 courses with a glass of bubbly. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The waiter also went out of her way to bring me ice to chill my water (it was a very hot day) and also replenish our bread.

  • 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 !

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