• English Afternoon Tea for Two
• A selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a medley of delicious cakes
• Choice of tea, coffee and infusions
• Choose the Champagne option and you will also receive a glass of Champagne each
What Can I Expect
Art, architecture and fine dining combine for this Royal Academy afternoon tea! The imposing Burlington House is home to the Royal Academy of Arts in the heart of Piccadilly. We can highly recommend a visit to peruse the temporary and permanent exhibitions at the Royal Academy, which is something you can perhaps do before heading for your afternoon tea, as all that admiring of paintings and sculptures is bound to work up an appetite.
Within the Royal Academy you’ll find the Keeper’s House, run by renowned restaurateurs Peyton and Byrne and this is where you’ll be having your afternoon tea. Originally built in the 1870s as a grace and favour house for the Keeper of the Royal Academy, today it has a rather cool gentleman's club style atmosphere, with plush white leather banquettes and chairs and classic dark wood panelling.
At the entrance, make sure you check out the sign above the door to this basement restaurant. At first sight you might think a neon sign is a bit much for this sober building, but it's actually an art installation by Tracey Emin called 'Keep me Safe'. Outside there is a delightful walled garden which is a haven of peace, especially when you think the Royal Academy of Arts is right in the middle of a main road in Mayfair and you can choose to take afternoon tea outside if the weather is clement.
The Peyton & Byrne afternoon tea menu comprises everything you’d expect of an afternoon tea in such an illustrious location. Small, with careful lighting and decoration strikes just the right balance of cosy and stylish - and what an impressive ceiling! It’s the sort of place that you’d have to know it was there, as it is in a very discrete niche and staff are attentive and welcoming.
We think this this rather unique basement cafe is a great place for your Royal Academy afternoon tea. Settle into your seat, sip on freshly brewed tea and munch on your medley of cakes on your classic high tea experience with that contemporary Peyton and Byrne twist. Tea lovers will be especially spoilt, with a range of over 40 different teas and infusions and for a bit of extra sparkle to your afternoon, go for the Champagne option.
• Monday to Sunday from 2.30pm-5.30pm
• Last bookings at 5pm
• All dates are subject to availability
• Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult
• Minimum age 18 for the champagne option
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Entrance to the galleries are free. Certain exhibitions require a ticket which are sold directly from the venue. The cost varies between £10-15 per person depending on the artist
• Afternoon Teas are available at Keepers House within The Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly