Step inside The Library and be transported back to the glitz and glamour of the roaring 1920s. Located in the Marriott Hotel County Hall, The Library décor features oak bookcases stacked with the classics and adorned with busts of literary and historical figures. Indulge in history whilst enjoying spectacular views over the River Thames and Big Ben.
A truly British Tradition
A quintessentially British experience awaits in the heart of London's most iconic building, the County Hall. Right next to the famous London Eye, you can enjoy afternoon tea overlooking the River Thames, Houses of Parliament and London's most well known landmark: the Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben. Read on to learn more about the tradition of Afternoon Tea and see our menu below.
The story behind afternoon tea
Anna Maria, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, is credited with the invention of afternoon tea in 1840. She is said to have experienced what she called a ‘sinking feeling' in the middle of the afternoon due to the long gap between light luncheon and her evening meal. To relieve her hunger pangs she asked her footman to bring her a pot of tea and a little light refreshment and soon she enjoyed this ritual so much she began to invite her friends over for tea and gossip about the latest scandal. The ritual caught on and afternoon tea became all the rage among the upper crust. Soon all fashionable London was indulging in afternoon tea.