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the Jubilee taking place last weekend we thought we’d keep the Royal theme going and check-out Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at The Palace which is just moments from Buckingham Palace. The hotel is part of the Red Carnation group whose other properties include Montague on The Gardens, 41 and The Milestone.

Afternoon Tea is served in The Palace Lounge with panoramic views of The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. There is a piano player which sets the scene and traditional luxury decor and furniture creating an old English feel. We sampled the Royal Afternoon Tea in homage to her majesty and unlike the classic afternoon tea this one comes with a glass of bubbly.

The tea starts with an iced sweetcorn parfait with polenta sponge which is followed by a round of sandwiches, all very traditional from Egg and Cress to Ham and Mustard. There are a good selection of teas on offer, we stuck with the Earl Grey served in a china teapot.

Following the sandwiches came our favourite bit, the cakes, from Coffee éclairs and Carrot cake to brownies and shortbread – there was no shortage of sweet treats! Scones came served with cream, jam and the hotel’s very own chocolate spread recipe. Then just when we thought it had finished the final course arrived, a chocolate and chilli soup and a refreshing Elderflower sorbet.

Service was excellent, even when it was a full house – the Queen would be proud! A great place to celebrate the recent Jubilee or try a traditional Afternoon Tea in London – one to take your granny to!

39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W