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Treat yourself to that quintessentially English tradition, afternoon tea, in an elegant lounge with views of Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews. Over the 2-hour experience that's fit for a queen, feast on finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and mouthwatering sweet treats at The Rubens at the Palace hotel, a classically English boutique hotel. The Rubens can accommodate most dietary requirements: please advise in advance.
Arrive at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel at 2:45pm in time for tea service in the lounge at 3pm. As befits the prestigious location, this is a classically styled afternoon tea with the occasional modern twist.
Enjoy your choice of tea (or coffee) – perhaps an Earl Grey, or an English Breakfast? - served on elegant china as you await the arrival of your feast. Savor finger sandwiches in classic English high tea flavors, such as egg and cress, ham and mustard, and cucumber and cream cheese; indulge in fresh-baked scones with clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve. Then treat your sweet tooth to the finest The Rubens' talented pastry chef has to offer: expect inventive pairings like white chocolate and passionfruit, or jasmine and mango.
There are few things more magical than watching a child enjoy their first afternoon tea. The Little Prince and Princess Tea (for children aged 5-11) includes bite-size sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, selected pastries, and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea, or soft drink.
Whichever special someone you bring with you, you'll finish your tea around 5pm.
Until the early 19th century, London did not have any hotels, only coaching inns, which looked remarkably like modern multi-story motels, the rooms opening off outdoor corridors. The last (partially) surviving coaching inn is The George Inn, though only its pub component is still active.