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“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”. Henry James

Honoured with the Award of Excellence from the UK Tea Guild, Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge is inspired by its location overlooking the Royal Parks and London landmarks. Blending the best of tradition with contemporary twists, the three option menu presents a style to suite all tastes:

  • Royal-Tea is selection of pretty English classics that pays homage to the hotel’s location on the site of 145 Piccadilly, the Queen’s former childhood residence.

  • Guiltless Tea is an Afternoon Tea free of refined sugar and carefully created with all natural nutrient-filled ingredients. The menu, which shows that guiltless should still be delicious, can be tailored to any dietary requirements including gluten and dairy free. The Afternoon Tea makes fruits and vegetables the star of the show. Limited edition, 9th January - 31st May.

Bookings are essential and can be made on +44(0)20 7409 3131 or by visiting

Afternoon Tea starts at £32
Served daily from 1pm to 5pm

The History of Afternoon Tea

One of the most quintessentially British of traditions, the art of serving the perfect Afternoon Tea has long been debated. Originating from the early 19th century, the concept was said to have been concocted to help combat the ‘sinking feeling’ Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to have had complained about during the afternoons. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner later in the evening. The remedy? A pot of tea and a light snack. Towards the late 19th century, Afternoon Tea had become a fashionable social trend for upper-class society, and the rise of the Tea Party began. Fast-forward a couple of centuries and the tradition is going strong, although the afternoon Tea concept and menus have changed somewhat. Tea Parties featuring a bountiful selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones (with lashings of cream and jam of course) are popular amongst all generations. Brimming with creativity, Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge blends the best of tradition with contemporary twists. 

Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge

Wellington Lounge stands proudly on the former site of 145 Piccadilly; Her Majesty the Queen’s former childhood home. Princess Elizabeth, as she was known then, was born in 1926, to the Duke of York (later King George VI), and Elizabeth, (later Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother). They moved in 1927 to a town house at 145 Piccadilly which was to remain the family home until their move to Buckingham Palace in 1937.

145 Piccadilly was to suffer the same fate as many buildings in London during the war, being destroyed in the blitz. Between 1968 and 1975, work began by Sir Frederick Gibberd on the design and construction of InterContinental London Park Lane, whose other notable designs include Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park. The hotel was opened by His Grace the 8th Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley on 23rd September 1975.

Wellington Lounge pays respect to its heritage by offering traditional Afternoon Tea with a modern twist; for an experience fit for Royalty. The Team has created the extensive Wellington Lounge tea menu and worked with London emporium The Northern Tea Merchants to develop blends that are exclusive to InterContinental London Park Lane and complement the various dishes.