Royal Afternoon Tea at the Rubens at the Palace
There is no better place to enjoy this traditional English occasion than sitting back in our Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.
The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by our talented pastry chef Sarah, producing the freshest pastries and cakes for our guests to enjoy. With a reputation as one of the best in London, and recently commended at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2017 and 2016, we pay respect to the tradition of Afternoon Tea whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. We also cater for a range of dietary requirements.
The Rubens Afternoon Tea (Sample Menu)
Coronation chicken bridge roll
Fillet of Castle of Mey beef, horseradish cream
Arbroath Smokie, chive mayonnaise
Cucumber and cream cheese
Egg and cress
Freshly Baked Scones
Orange-scented and plain scones
Served with a choice of
Devonshire clotted cream, homemade
preserve and citrus curd
Plum posset, blood orange caviar
Coronation tart, pistachio, raspberry
Diamond chocolate biscuit cake, chocolate mousse
Red velvet cupcake
* Little Prince and Princess Tea (Children 5-11) includes freshly made bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, selected pastries and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea or soft drink.
Buckingham Palace State Rooms
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.
When the palace is not being used in its official capacity, visitors can enjoy the State Rooms, which form the heart of the working palace - nineteen rooms, lavishly furnished with the finest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto and some of the finest English and French furniture.
To mark the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales this year, the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace will include a special display of over 100 works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness
The Prince has enjoyed a life-long passion for art, inspired by the treasures in the Royal Collection. In the display, The Prince's favourite art works will be shown alongside works created by young artists supported by three charities which he has founded and is patron of: The Royal Drawing School, The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts and Turquoise Mountain.
Visitors end their tour with a walk along the south side of the Palace garden, which splendid views of the west front of the Palace and the famous lake.
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- Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London
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Please note - once booked, tickets are not refundable and dates/times can not be changed. You will require a printed copy of your ticket. Please ensure that you have valid identification with you on the day
Mobility Access at Buckingham Palace - bookings need to be made directly with Buckingham Palace
The State Rooms are fully accessible, but step-free access must be pre-booked by contacting the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow, free of charge, subject to availability, for the duration of a visit. They must be pre-booked by contacting the Specialist Sales team +44 (0)303 123 7324 or email@example.com.
You can use your own wheelchair provided it's compatible with the lifts inside Buckingham Palace. The lifts measure 148cm in depth by 94 cm in width with a weight limit of 500kg; and 160cm in depth by 94cm in width with a weight limit of 750kg.
Images from the Royal Collection Trust / © H M Queen Elizabeth II 2015
Buckingham Palace, Photographer: Andrew Holt
Blue Drawing Room, Photographer: Peter Smith