Afternoon Tea at St. Ermin’s Hotel in London

Another raining day, another afternoon tea, this time we went to St James, London.  St Ermins Hotel is located just 2 minutes from St James Park station, a stone’s throw from St James’s Park, and a good walk from Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly.

It’s ideally placed for beautiful city excursions and meetings. You can find in the vicinity the Whitehall, the Big Ben, the Parliament Square, The Cabinet War Rooms, and one-minute walking The  New Scotland Yard.  A very convenient place for a tea-stop and relaxing after touring around London.

This property has links to a fascinating and colourful British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) history during the 30’s. The glamorous facade is very welcoming and sets the mood for an excellent experience.

The afternoon tea takes place at The Tea Lounge, which is a wrap-around balcony reachable by a grand staircase just off the spacious main hotel reception area. Timings: from 12 noon and 6 pm. We were met by the Tea Lounge host at the bottom of the stairs. We were taken to our table and greeted by a very smiley server, who explained that the afternoon tea we were about to experience it’s the special Mother’s day tea.  The tea lounge is airy, white ornated walls, with a classic tables and chairs and carpeted.  There’s an outside area, which unfortunately wasn’t available it was pouring down with rain.

afternoon tea at St Ermin’s Hotel, London

The afternoon  tea

We choose to have the free-flowing champagne afternoon tea – no surprises there. We love champagne!  First glass was not chilled enough but drinkable. The others pourings were much better.  A concise selection of Newby teas we choose to drink chai.


The savouries

A selection of finger sandwiches  and sausage roll
I  am not a fan of sausage rolls, but I must admit those were delightful, thin flaky pastry and slightly spicy textural filling – superb.
The sandwiches were the traditional, run-of-the-mill finger sandwiches:
cucumber, salted beef and mustard,  and salmon caviar.

pastries and other goodies

Strawberry marshmallows – I liked them!
White chocolate with cherry macaron – sweet, flavorful meringue cookies filled with sour cherry ganache
chocolate and orange Eclair – beautiful choux dough filled with very subtle orange cream and topped with dark chocolate
choux filled with tonka diplomat & strawberry jam
Champagne & Strawberry Jelly – nice boozy luscious jelly

Freshly baked scones

Freshly baked scones
The scones were soft and crumbly in the flavours of sea salt, currants, and cranberries and white chocolate varieties. They were served warm with clotted cream and delicious strawberry jam.  That was real jam!  I liked the sea salt scones; we have another around of those and more jam!

All in all, we had a great time devouring this deliciously classic afternoon tea in a very elegant surroundings, excellent service,  sipping bubbles on a Saturday afternoon! – I can’t think of any better way to celebrate Mother’s day (UK : Sunday 6th March 2016) at a very reasonable price. Lucky mums!

The hotel is organising a special Mother’s day Afternoon Tea event on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th with a live harpist (called Fausta Canals) and delicious gift for mothers to take home with them. The tea will be  served  in the hotel’s crystal ballroom from 12pm – 6pm.

Book your Afternoon Tea online now, or for more information [email protected], or call: +44(0)207 227 7777

Costs(Feb 2016)
Cost: Afternoon Tea £29 | afternoon tea  with free-flowing champagne £39 – Gluten-free @ £35
St. Ermin’s also offer a unique Busy Bees Afternoon Tea for children,  weekends only.

St. Ermin’s Hotel, Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QW, London, Great Britain
Nearest underground: St James Park


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Disclosure: I was a guest of ST Ermins Hotel for a complimentary afternoon tea to review their service and food.





  1. Nayna Kanabar
    February 23, 2016 / 8:15 am

    I love afternoon teas and this one sounds wonderful.

  2. Rhian Westbury
    February 23, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I absolutely love afternoon tea and this seems like such a good price for one! x

  3. Dannii Martin
    February 23, 2016 / 11:13 am

    What a beautiful setting for afternoon tea. Everything looks delicious too.

  4. Stressed Mum
    February 23, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Looks amazing, I am trying to talk my husband into taking me for afternoon tea

  5. Tillys Mummy
    February 23, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    This looks like the most beautiful hotel, WE do it on special occasions in Harrods, but there is just something special about afternoon tea in London.

  6. Pasta Bites
    February 23, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Omg I love the St Ermins but have only been for dinner, so this is great. if my family visit again, this is where we should go!

  7. Life-As-Mum
    February 23, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    This place looks so grand and beautiful! The cakes and sandwiches look delicious.

  8. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    February 23, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Oh wow this looks absolutely amazing – I have to admit I do have a soft spot for afternoon tea and I would definitely love to try this one! x

  9. February 23, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    That place looks utterly divine! Perfect for afternoon tea 🙂

  10. February 23, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I love afternoon tea and this looks like a truly stunning venue. The cakes and pastries look amazing!

  11. Emma White
    February 23, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    oh my this looks totally amazing and looks and sounds fantastic what an amazing place to have afternoon tea

  12. Natasha Mairs
    February 23, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    This hotel looks so grand!!! love afternoon teas's but wouldn't pay £29 for one

  13. beautyqueenuk
    February 23, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    I absolutely love St Ermins hotel, it looks nothing special from the outside, but inside, it is just stunning x

  14. Rebecca Smith
    February 23, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! I keep meaning to go for afternoon tea x

  15. Zoe Lester
    February 23, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Wow this looks amazing, such a beautiful place to have afternoon tea

  16. ana de jesus
    February 23, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    This is something I would like to tick off my bucket list as I have never tried afternoon tea before can you believe it? Those deserts look delicious!

  17. Stella Olojola
    February 24, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Love this. I love going to grab some afternoon tea.

  18. Idaintyit
    February 24, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    OMG! That place is beautiful! The grand staircase kind of reminds me of the titanic! I want to go, wish I lived closer to London

  19. Zoe IKIWN
    February 24, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    This place looks so beautiful and the afternoon tea that was provided looks gorgeous, I've never been somewhere like this for afternoon tea before but it's definitely something I'd like to do 🙂 x

  20. Jessica Ayun
    February 25, 2016 / 3:19 am

    Afternoon tea in that kind of location? Wow! Nearly perfect mood for relaxation. 🙂

  21. Sally Akins
    February 25, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    This hotel looks amazing, and I love the way they have presented the afternoon tea. Definitely on my wishlist!

  22. Nicol
    February 27, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    The interior and exterior is beautiful! I would definitely go there for afternoon tea one day