Afternoon Tea at the Park Lounge

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The impressive Milestone hotel is at the palace end of Kensington and has all the necessary credentials for a traditional afternoon tea experience. They do Victorian grandeur well here from the historic exterior to the top-hatted doorman, and while their original royal neighbour may - or may not - have been amused, she would surely have enjoyed the food.

Once inside, the Park Lounge is a well-proportioned drawing room with a Hogwarts-worthy stone fireplace and mullioned windows offering a view of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens beyond. The space is small enough to feel cosy while the well-spaced tables comfortably allow for the sharing of confidences. Settle in, preferably on one of the plush sofas or armchairs, and get ready for the only difficult decision of the day.

Several tempting Champagne options are available but the basic upgrade includes a glass of Lanson Le Black label that is so well priced it would be rude not to if this is your thing. Luckily though, tea is included in all Champagne packages so do make the most of the friendly and attentive staff who will offer a switch of teas as the mood takes you. The single estate Inverness is a good all-rounder while the Planters’ Mistress is a refreshing and fragrant choice.

The menu from here on in is everything you could hope for, an array of finger sandwiches including a signature chicken mayonnaise and almond creation that is tricky to eat but so delicious you won’t care. Afterwards, or as soon as politely possible, turn your attention to freshly baked scones and a glossy array of moreish goodies that includes a pistachio and raspberry choux bun and caramel and yuzu mousse. The baked vanilla cheesecake with caramelised apple is a particular highlight.

With menus starting at £85 it’s about right for the area. Besides, proper afternoon tea is an indulgent treat and this delivers on all levels. Book a portrait with resident artist Shelley Levy to mark a special occasion or head to the newly refurbished Stables bar to recover afterwards.

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Afternoon tea, British
Ambience
Cosy, Fine dining, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
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About

Afternoon tea at The Milestone hotel is a quintessentially British affair and upheld in its finest form. Served in the elegant Park Lounge, guests are invited to step off the streets of Kensington and into the cosy surrounds of this beautiful, Grade-II listed property for the afternoon. A range of afternoon tea menus are served here, from a traditional offering to its Royal selection inspired by the hotel’s location opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens.  

Relax in the luxurious surrounds of the Park Lounge, a warm and cosy retreat with an open fireplace and sumptuous armchairs and sofas. With its traditional décor, antique books and wood-panelled walls, this room boasts the feel of a private drawing room.  

For those who select the traditional afternoon tea, guests are treated to a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones, hand-crafted French pastries, tartlets and cakes. Start with classic savouries, from egg and cress on spinach bread to cucumber and cream cheese on soft white bread. Homemade scones are served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, while signature patisseries include the likes of a coffee and cardamom macaron, a peach and basil choux bun and rosemary and plum olive oil cake. A vast selection of loose-leaf teas is available to peruse and pick at your leisure. While the Royal tea includes half a bottle of Champagne for an extra special experience.  

The Milestone also offers a children’s menu so little ones can enjoy this elegant affair, and there are allergen-friendly menus available too, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, halal and nut-free offerings. However, it is unable to cater for allergies that require both gluten-free and dairy-free options.  

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Menu Highlights

Main Courses
Seasonal Exclusive: Wimbledon Inspired Afternoon Tea (1st - 14th July) - £85.00

Enjoy our Traditional Afternoon Tea with a seasonal twist. In honor of Wimbledon, we have added a few unique offerings that reflect the spirit of the Lawn Tennis Championships. Indulge in this exquisite experience, where tradition meets the excitement of the season. Price: £85 per adult & £39 per child under 12

Traditional Afternoon Tea - £85.00

Each of our teas includes a selection of finger sandwiches, hand-crafted French pastries, tartlets and cakes, and warm, freshly-baked plain and raisin scones. Choose from traditional Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, or - for two people - Royal Afternoon Tea or Rosé Royal Afternoon Tea, accompanied by half a bottle of Lanson Le Black Reserve or Lanson Rose Label. See our main menu below for more information on pricing and inclusions. Price: From £85 per person

Little Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea - £39.00

Suitable for children under 12 years old, we have adapted our traditional Afternoon Tea menu to suit every little prince and princess. Our delicious child-friendly menu includes bite-sized sandwiches on a choice of white or carraway seeded bread and a selection of cakes and pastries, served alongside a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate or soft drink. Price: £39 per child

Afternoon Tea Parties - £85.00

Make your special occasion one to remember, with an Afternoon Tea party at The Milestone Hotel & Residences. The Oratory is the ideal settings for those looking to book a private Afternoon Tea - and we even have our very own Sabrage Master who will be more than happy to open your Champagne with a sabre, which is bound to impress.

Bespoke Portraits with ShelletTheArtist - £550.00

We are delighted to introduce Shelley Levy, also known as ShelleyTheArtist, as our Resident Artist. Indulge in an unforgettable Afternoon Tea experience as you pose for a captivating portrait. This unique opportunity offers our guests bespoke personal or family portraits, crafting a truly unique memento. By appointment only. Price: Two people £350, three people £450, four people £550, or two people with traditional Afternoon Tea £520 Afternoon Tea with Shelley is available throughout the week by appointment only and is subject to availability.

PMD London Tea Tour - £230.00

This captivating walking tour takes you on a journey through London's forgotten tea heritage, with stops at places steeped in rich history, such as Leadenhall Market and The Tower of London. The tour concludes with a delicious Afternoon Tea at The Milestone Hotel & Residences. From £230 per person


FAQs

Are there gluten-free options on the menu?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu.

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Can you book?

Absolutely yes! There are three sittings, Monday through to Sunday, between 1pm - 3pm, 3pm - 5pm & 5pm - 7pm. Please visit the website to check current availability and to secure a table: https://milestonehotel.com/dining-and-drinks/afternoon-tea

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What is the dress code?

The dress code is smart casual.

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Events

£85Complimentary Glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea
Live Event
Complimentary Glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea

15 Jul 2024 until 18 Jul 2024

Each of our teas includes a selection of finger sandwiches, hand-crafted French pastries, tartlets and cakes, and warm, freshly-baked plain and raisin scones. Choose from traditional Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, or - for two people - Royal Afternoon Tea or Rosé Royal Afternoon Tea, accompanied by half a bottle of Lanson Le Black Reserve or Lanson Rose Label. See our main menu below for more information on pricing and inclusions.

Price: From £85 per person

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with your Afternoon Tea, available Monday to Thursday until the 31st July. Bookings are subject to availability and do not include the portrait experience with Shelley Levy.

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£230PMD London Tea Walk
Dining Experience
PMD London Tea Walk

15 Jul 2024 until 21 Jul 2024

We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with PMD Tea, offering a unique walking tour experience for our guests to explore London’s lost tea history. Travel through significant locations linked to the city's pivotal role in the global tea trade, uncovering how an island nation emerged as a prominent figure in the tea industry. This immersive journey not only unveils London's vibrant tea heritage but also provides participants with an engaging and educational experience.

The tour begins at Leadenhall Market in the City of London and explores the origins of the East India Company and its early engagement in the tea trade with China while also spotlighting the market's historical significance.

Continuing our journey to Mincing Lane, once home to the world's largest tea auction, the tour delves into its rich history, from wartime auction suspensions to present-day symbols intertwined with the tea trade.

As the tour unfolds from the historic Tower of London to the River Thames and Tower Bridge, guests delve into London's tea industry connection. The journey also encompasses a visit to St Katherine's Dock, formerly the world's largest tea dock and warehousing operation.

As guests arrive at one of London's three tea plaques, a prominent reminder of the city's lost tea history, they are greeted by symbols that further emphasise London's pivotal role in the global tea trade.

The tour concludes with an iconic black cab transfer to The Milestone Hotel & Residences, followed by a guided Afternoon Tea featuring tea recommendations, pairings, and stories tied to the featured teas and their origins.

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£85Complimentary Glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea
Live Event
Complimentary Glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea

22 Jul 2024 until 25 Jul 2024

Each of our teas includes a selection of finger sandwiches, hand-crafted French pastries, tartlets and cakes, and warm, freshly-baked plain and raisin scones. Choose from traditional Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, or - for two people - Royal Afternoon Tea or Rosé Royal Afternoon Tea, accompanied by half a bottle of Lanson Le Black Reserve or Lanson Rose Label. See our main menu below for more information on pricing and inclusions.

Price: From £85 per person

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with your Afternoon Tea, available Monday to Thursday until the 31st July. Bookings are subject to availability and do not include the portrait experience with Shelley Levy.

Book Here
£230PMD London Tea Walk
Dining Experience
PMD London Tea Walk

22 Jul 2024 until 28 Jul 2024

 

We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with PMD Tea, offering a unique walking tour experience for our guests to explore London’s lost tea history. Travel through significant locations linked to the city's pivotal role in the global tea trade, uncovering how an island nation emerged as a prominent figure in the tea industry. This immersive journey not only unveils London's vibrant tea heritage but also provides participants with an engaging and educational experience.

The tour begins at Leadenhall Market in the City of London and explores the origins of the East India Company and its early engagement in the tea trade with China while also spotlighting the market's historical significance.

Continuing our journey to Mincing Lane, once home to the world's largest tea auction, the tour delves into its rich history, from wartime auction suspensions to present-day symbols intertwined with the tea trade.

As the tour unfolds from the historic Tower of London to the River Thames and Tower Bridge, guests delve into London's tea industry connection. The journey also encompasses a visit to St Katherine's Dock, formerly the world's largest tea dock and warehousing operation.

As guests arrive at one of London's three tea plaques, a prominent reminder of the city's lost tea history, they are greeted by symbols that further emphasise London's pivotal role in the global tea trade.

More Details
£85.00Complimentary Glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea
Dining Experience
Complimentary Glass of Champagne with Afternoon Tea

29 Jul 2024 until 31 Jul 2024

Each of our teas includes a selection of finger sandwiches, hand-crafted French pastries, tartlets and cakes, and warm, freshly-baked plain and raisin scones. Choose from traditional Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, or - for two people - Royal Afternoon Tea or Rosé Royal Afternoon Tea, accompanied by half a bottle of Lanson Le Black Reserve or Lanson Rose Label. See our main menu below for more information on pricing and inclusions.

Price: From £85 per person

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with your Afternoon Tea, available Monday to Thursday until the 31st July. Bookings are subject to availability and do not include the portrait experience with Shelley Levy.

Book Here
£230PMD London Tea Walk
Dining Experience
PMD London Tea Walk

29 Jul 2024 until 04 Aug 2024

We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with PMD Tea, offering a unique walking tour experience for our guests to explore London’s lost tea history. Travel through significant locations linked to the city's pivotal role in the global tea trade, uncovering how an island nation emerged as a prominent figure in the tea industry. This immersive journey not only unveils London's vibrant tea heritage but also provides participants with an engaging and educational experience.

The tour begins at Leadenhall Market in the City of London and explores the origins of the East India Company and its early engagement in the tea trade with China while also spotlighting the market's historical significance.

Continuing our journey to Mincing Lane, once home to the world's largest tea auction, the tour delves into its rich history, from wartime auction suspensions to present-day symbols intertwined with the tea trade.

As the tour unfolds from the historic Tower of London to the River Thames and Tower Bridge, guests delve into London's tea industry connection. The journey also encompasses a visit to St Katherine's Dock, formerly the world's largest tea dock and warehousing operation.

As guests arrive at one of London's three tea plaques, a prominent reminder of the city's lost tea history, they are greeted by symbols that further emphasise London's pivotal role in the global tea trade.

The tour concludes with an iconic black cab transfer to The Milestone Hotel & Residences, followed by a guided Afternoon Tea featuring tea recommendations, pairings, and stories tied to the featured teas and their origins.

More Details

Location

1-2 Kensington Court, Kensington, London, W8 5DL

020 7917 1000 020 7917 1000

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Opening Times

Afternoon Tea
Mon 13:00-15:00
Tue 13:00-15:00
Wed 13:00-15:00
Thu 13:00-15:00
Fri 13:00-15:00
Sat 13:00-15:00
Sun 13:00-15:00

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