There is no better place to enjoy traditional English Afternoon Tea 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 Houghting, who produces the freshest pastries and cakes for our guests to enjoy. Sarah also recently competed in Bake Off: The Professionals on Channel 4.
With a reputation as one of the best in London, we pay respect to this classic British tradition whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. We also cater to a range of dietary restrictions and offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus. When booking online, please note dietary requirements in the 'special requests' section. Our delicious Afternoon Tea can now be ordered directly to your home.
Please be advised we do require 24 hours notice to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free Afternoon Tea requests. Unfortunately, we cannot cater to dietaries that require both gluten-free and dairy-free options. Our range of Afternoon Teas can also be ordered or collected.
A tranquil beach paradise just a mile and a half long and half a mile wide. As soon as you step off the boat, the stresses of the modern world simply evaporate - there are no cars, no crowds and definitely no stress!
Spend the day relaxing on gorgeous Shell Beach or beautiful Belvoir Bay – perfect for snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, crabbing or just snoozing in a deckchair.
There’s a spectacular coast path circling the whole island – you can see the French coast, as well as Puffins, Terns and a host of migratory birds. Visit the tiny 11th century chapel with its beautiful stained glass windows, Neolithic tombs and oxen shoeing stocks that date back to the residency of Trappist monks in the 1800s.
Journey time: 20 minutes by boat
Whilst only three miles long, and a mile and a half wide, it boasts 40 miles of the most picturesque coastlines anywhere in the world. Dark caves indent into the cliffs and huge perpendicular rocks lie in isolated masses off-shore.
The varied inlets and bays possess a wealth of sea and bird life. The island's isolated position affords it a large array of bird species, and many hours can be spent watching and admiring the abundance of wildlife. There are many ways to experience the island - horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or on foot… but there are no cars. Much of its unique charm stems from the fact it’s the smallest self-governing island in Europe having enjoyed its unique status since 1565 when Queen Elizabeth I granted Sark to Helier de Carteret.
Journey time: 40 minutes by boat
Just one and a half miles wide, three and a half miles long, it’s truly a world apart. With walks and paths taking you across commons and beaches, along the cliffs and around town, the best way to discover Alderney is on foot.
Discover dramatic cliff walks, dotted with Victorian and German fortifications, the bird sanctuary island of Burhou, a designated RAMSAR site, and golden beaches.
It’s a bird watcher’s paradise where 260 species of birds have made the island their home including 7000 pairs of nesting gannets, puffins, pulmars, guillemots, Dartford warblers and peregrines. It’s even home to the Blonde Hedgehog, which is unique to the island.
Journey time: 15 minutes by plane