The history of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, The 7th Duchess of Bedford, in early 19th Century. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.
The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread & butter and cakes to be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a frequent request and she began inviting friends to join her.
Eventually, this break for tea became an extremely fashionable social custom in England. During the late 19th Century, upper-class and high society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o'clock.
Afternoon tea in the Harlequin Restaurant at Kingsway Hall Hotel brings the delightful English tradition to the table of London's Covent Garden and is served in the elegant Harlequin Restaurant.
Our traditional afternoon tea includes a fine selection of finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream as well as an array of cakes and pastries. All of which are handmade on the premises by the hotels very own pastry chef. If you want to add a touch of glamour and sparkle to the occasion, why not try the superb champagne afternoon tea. Whichever option you go for, the afternoon tea at the Harlequin Restaurant at Kingsway Hall Hotel is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Covent Garden.
A gluten free or vegetarian menu option is available - please ensure that you give the restaurant 24 hours’ notice if you prefer one of these options.
Traditional Afternoon Tea - £21.50 per person
Gluten free / Vegetarian Afternoon Tea - £21.50 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea - £29.95 per person
Still or Sparkling Water 0.7lt £4.00
Champagne Gaston Epernay NV125ml £10.00
Afternoon tea is served Monday to Sunday from 12.00pm until 7.00pm*
What our guests think about our Afternoon Tea:
“Our American relatives wanted to experience afternoon tea and this fitted the bill perfectly. Food was so nice and beautiful pastries. We enjoyed everything."
Lesley, June 2014
“Very helpful waitress recommended a tea I wouldn’t usually choose but it was a very nice drink.”
Karen, July 2014
“Second visit & officially my new favourite place for afternoon tea. Amazing service, delicous teas. See you soon!”
Fadwa, October 2014
“Very welcoming, friendly staff, great admosphere and very nice food (especially the macaroons & the chicken sandwiches)”
Kirsty, November 2014
"The staff is very friendly and pleasant. The service was excellent. The cake selection is varied and the scones are just perfect. The variety of bread used enhanced the flavour of the sandwiches. I will definitely return with friends and family for afternoon tea again!"
Marian, November 2014