Number Sixteen

(235 Reviews)
16 Sumner Place, London, SW7 3EG
Afternoon Tea

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday: 12:30 - 17:00

Restaurant description

Afternoon Tea at Number Sixteen hotel is an elegant and luxurious affair. With the option to take tea in any of the public spaces, from the library to the tree-filled hotel garden, there is a setting for every weather and occasion.

The Number Sixteen menu covers classic afternoon tea with the usual sandwiches and scones on offer, as well as some lesser-seen creations, such as arancini, accompanied by sweet options such as Bakewell tart. A lighter option on offer is the ‘fruit tea’, which consists of 5 plates of colourful treats themed around blueberries, orange, lime zest and honey. A gluten-free tea is available on request.

The stunning landscaped garden offers a blissful escape from the bustle of London, whilst the colourful drawing room full of modern, decorative art and bright pink fabrics, is a funky, laidback setting. The cosy library and light-flooded conservatory are also open for afternoon tea at Number 16 in London.

Number Sixteen is situated in the heart of South Kensington, with the museums on its doorstep, and South Kensington Tube Station just a 2-minute walk away.

Customer reviews for Number Sixteen
(based on 235 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (215)
  • al fresco (67)
  • breakfast (27)
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  • child friendly (6)
  • dinner (20)
  • entertainment (7)
  • large parties (9)
  • lunch (35)
  • luxury (58)
  • private dining (40)
  • romantic (75)
  • trendy (53)
  • value (59)
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  • By Michaela M from London
    2 January 2020

    Had afternoon tea, sandwiches were a bit dry on the edges other than that a very pleasant experience. Very friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere. Will recommend and come back in summer to enjoy the garden.

  • By Yvonne G from London
    22 December 2019

    I had a lovely vegan afternoon tea with friends. The only complaint, was that the scones and sandwiches were a bit scarce, and the variety of sandwiches available was limited.

  • By Emmanuelle J from CASTELJALOUX
    21 December 2019

    Vraiment formidable nous avons passé un moment convivial,chaleureux et délicieux

  • By Cindy A from Cambridge
    18 December 2019

    It was a really lovely high tea. The food was great and really well presented. We loved the scones and such a lovely setting and ambiance and great service. I would certainly recommend this spot for high tea! Thank you!

  • By Ricardo J from Grapevine
    11 November 2019

    We attended afternoon tea here and loved it because of the amazing service and delicious food

  • By Neil R from London
    5 November 2019

    Our afternoon in the restaurant was wonderful. The afternoon tea was delicious that came with a complimentary glass of prosecco which was most welcome. The staff, table setting and music were all delightful. Thank you for cheering us both up! (Neither of us liked the mini choux pastries though). A very minor thing concerning the table service... it might be useful to train the waiting staff to walk around the table to where the drinking glasses are, rather than to reach over people's place settings / plates of food so as to refil drinking glasses.

  • By Esther H from Londen
    31 October 2019

    We had a tasfull afternoon tea in a veru lovely atmosphere

  • By Justine S from Liège
    15 October 2019


  • By Peter G from Melbourne
    10 October 2019

    We thought the afternoon tea was very ordinary, overall. The scones were ok. The “cakes” were nothing special. The salmon blini was stale. One of the roast beefs had a large piece of gristle in it. Worst of all though were the sandwiches; the bread was quite stale. They had obviously been prepared hours beforehand and were cold. They should be room temperature/cool, Fresh and soft bread. The bread was curling away from the cucumber! The staff should’ve noticed this, or perhaps they were used to it. The tea was nice.

  • By Lisa Y from Paris
    8 October 2019

    Great experience of the afternoon tea. Not that expensive, 22£ + service charges. Sandwiches, 2 scones, and miniature pastries, and teapot with milk. It was fulfilling, I was not hungry, neither thirsty until late night. The afternoon tea starts from 12:30pm (big plus, since in most of the other places it begins around 3pm). There are not a lot of people, so I got to enjoy the place, nicely decorated, with a view on the garden. I never felt rushed, and I got tea and milk refilled (jam and cream can be refilled). Scones with strawberry and raspberry jam, with the cream was the best, with the earl grey tea with milk !

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Number Sixteen
16 Sumner Place, London, SW7 3EG