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The stunning pillared Promenade is the first thing visitors see when they enter The Dorchester, and the magnificent green and gold room is quite a sight with its gilt mouldings, marble columns, chandeliers and rich rugs strewn over marble floors. Service from impeccable tail-coated staff is as smooth as it comes and a pianist serenades the crowds as they recline on tufted divans and indulge themselves. Afternoon tea is the main event and it’s worth kicking off in style with a glass of Laurent Perrier Rosé, before waves of goodies start to arrive: plates of crust-free sandwiches, then warm scones with jam and clotted cream, other sweet distractions and finally a whole tray of French pastries, cakes and tarts to sample. Breakfast, lunch and supper bring in the punters, and the Promenade also boasts a rather good, oval leather bar – if something stronger than tea is required.

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The Promenade at The Dorchester

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane ,London W1K 1QA

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Shocking service - go elsewhere

by   gold reviewer (47)

Jan 2016

I’m not normally one to write rambling, complaining reviews but the conduct of staff at the Promenade was so poor it was almost comical. I implore you to go elsewhere. We arrived at 5.20pm for our 5.30pm booking and after speaking to the lady on the front desk were happy to wait as we were early. However, at 5.35pm we still hadn’t been seated or told there would be a delay. A lady then arrived at the front desk and also said she had at 5.30pm booking. She was told, politely, that there would...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 4

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The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane ,London W1K 1QA

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by   silver reviewer (22)

Oct 2011

“Opulence uplifting” With the recent passing of a parent coinciding seemingly with all other things personal crashing into oblivion, it was nearly 10pm on a Saturday evening that my oldest and best friend chose the Promenade as the venue from which to initiate the resurrection of my sanity. Yes, many had said when it rains it pours, but this concurrence of personal events was completely off the scale for me, and so when we arrived at the Dorchester that evening, all manner of frills and niceties...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane ,London W1K 1QA

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by   platinum reviewer (77)

Nov 2010

The perfect London experience to me is afternoon tea at one of the lovely hotels in town. I decided to try out The Dorchester because the reviews all seemed very good plus id already been trying to work my way down the Squaremeal guide to Afternoon Teas… I was really pleased to be proved right and it now comes highly recommended! Distinctly opulent inside, fantastic service, lovely cakes/sandwiches – chicken and basil was the best but there was also smoked salmon, cream cheese and egg and cress...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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    I was a little slow on the ‘advance booking’ of Mother’s Day celebrations this year, so despite trying to find a suitably fitting option to celebrate my favourite lady two weeks before the big day, I was coming up empty. Instead of settling I booked us in for a belated treat of afternoon tea at the Dorchester last Sunday. After all, Mother’s Day is every day!

    We arrived at the grand Dorchester hotel bang on 4:30pm, exhausted from a day of extremely successful shopping and ladened under multiple Harvey Nichols bags...
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