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Afternoon Tea & Buckingham Palace

Afternoon Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Rubens at the Palace hotel, before visiting the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace.

When to Book?

Buckingham Palace has limited availability and is only open for a couple of months each year. Book this as soon as possible!

Afternoon Tea at the Rubens at the Palace

Enjoy a Traditional Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of mouthwatering finger sandwiches and delicious sweet treats including a selection of freshly baked scones served with homemade strawberry preserve and clotted cream.

The Rubens Afternoon Tea (Sample Menu)

  • Sandwiches:
  • 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):
  • Served with homemade strawberry preserve and Devonshire clotted cream
  • Homemade Pastries:
  • Plum posset, blood orange caviar
  • Orange mascarpone
  • Coronation tart, pistachio, raspberry
  • Cherry éclair
  • 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.

In August and September, 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.

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.

Evan Evans Tours

Tickets are booked through Evan Evans Tours.

1.45pm Buckingham Palace State Apartments
4.30pm Afternoon Tea at the Rubens

Make your way to the Evan Evans Office 45 minutes before your scheduled time and collect your vouchers. This will include a voucher for your afternoon tea as well as the admission ticket for Buckingham Palace. The palace operates a timed entry system and you will be booked for the 1.45pm time slot. Please be there 15 minutes before.


  • Evan Evans Tours, 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BS
  • Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS
  • Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1A 1AA

Images from The Royal Collection © 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Buckingham Palace, Photographer: Andrew Holt
Blue Drawing Room, Photographer: Peter Smith

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Afternoon Tea & Buckingham Palace

Enjoyed Buckingham palace. The afternoon tea was wonderful and the service was great, we had to get a box to carry home what we couldn't eat!


Afternoon Tea & Buckingham Palace

Good value for money rather than book directly


Afternoon Tea & Buckingham Palace

We had our tea booked at 2 pm and the tour of the buckingham palace at 330 pm. By the time we got our tea served it was almost 230 pm and we had to allot 15 minutes to walk to the palace to exchange the voucher for the entrance ticket. Thid only leaves us 45 minutes for the high tea. We were...


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