LondonHouse Tea Service

4.0
67 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Afternoon Tea
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Casual
  • Lunch
Reservations are highly recommended. Please see our set tea service menu below and inform us of any allergies or dietary restriction at 312-253-2332 or rsvp@londonhouse.com so we can modify accordingly.

Our High Tea menu is $50 per person which includes your choice of Sparrow House Blended tea, pastry basket, and tea tower crafted by our culinary team under the leadership of award-winning Executive Chef Jacob.
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IJ
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was again beautiful time at London House.
Cecil went beyond our expectations, excellent service.
Manager on duty add glass of champagne for four of us as a appreciation for coming back.
Thanks for great service.

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our afternoon tea and we'd love to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again. Catalina Nedelcu Food and Beverage Manager

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A
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Pricey but fun. Needed a glass of water and was seated next to bar. Had to ask at least 3 times.

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded 17 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our afternoon tea and we'd love to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again. Catalina Nedelcu Food and Beverage Manager

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful afternoon tea! Such a creative and delicious spin on the tradition of tea. An absolute must - I highly recommend!!

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded on 3 August 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our afternoon tea and we'd love to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again. Catalina Nedelcu Food and Beverage Manager

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K
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

45 minutes it took to even get our Tea. Staff called in, only 1 server. got our Scones finally but no Sandwiches or sweets
Worst afternoon Tea experience ever.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

the food is not to the standard! Everything tastes bad

e
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful afternoon tea. The reviews I read were not great but we had a wonderful time! The selection was yummy. The chocolate tea was super. Unlike the Drake, you get a savory and sweet menu of goodies. We made reservations and had a nice reserved table near the window. Nice decor and ambiance. I'd do it again.

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded on 26 July 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our afternoon tea and we'd love to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again. Catalina Nedelcu Food and Beverage Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best tea service experienced so far. Definitely better than than the Plaza.

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded on 24 July 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our afternoon tea and we'd love to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again. Catalina Nedelcu Food and Beverage Manager

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service was wonderful!!
The tea and main dish items were delicious.
The desserts were new and the flavor profiles were not good.

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded on 18 July 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our afternoon tea and we'd love to welcome you back again in the future. I will forward your feedback to our Pastry Chef Samantha. We appreciate your feedback. Thanks again. Catalina Nedelcu Food and Beverage Manager

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Sunday Tea

N
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

This is the worse afternoon tea service I have ever attended. From the service to the food to the atmosphere was all just awful. The server spilt everything he brought over including hot water and deserts all over me. The actual tea service is at a hotel lobby...trashy and the food was not that great. No flavor and dry items.

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded on 19 July 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. It looks like the food and beverage manager already touched bases with you about the complaint and we will like to know if your are pleased with the outcome and if there is anything else we could assist you with. We provided all your feedback about the food to the chef. We apologize about the inconvenience created and we are sorry you were not able to enjoy a great afternoon experience.

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NP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was so nice and it was just a excellence experience. Will definitely return!

LondonHouse Tea Service
Responded on 14 July 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our afternoon tea and we'd love to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again. Catalina Nedelcu Food and Beverage Manager

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Lobby bar with slow tea service. Go to the Drake, or Peninsula.

DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Service was the only good aspect of the experience. Over priced and pedestrian food. Treat yourself to high tea at the Peninsula, Drake or Deerpath Inn instead.

TG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Very disappointed in our experience here. Scones should not be hard, small, cold, and rubbery and clotted cream should not drip. The staff were nice, but didn’t have a clue about how afternoon tea should be served. The tea choices were odd and not served hot and neither cream or sugar or lemons were offered. There wasn’t a single traditional offering on hand and much of what was served was stale. The space was nice, but the furniture was really uncomfortable. The total experience was one of extremely overpriced indifference. My advice? Go elsewhere.

VL
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We did afternoon tea here and it was amazing! They had an amazing selection of teas and the 3 courses of snacks was delicious. The service was absolutely amazing. Our waiter made sure our teapots were always full and hot and made sure to help us with anything we needed. I highly recommend doing afternoon tea here.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

So loud and crowded. Did not enjoy the savory items

MM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sisters and I took our mom to LondonHouse for mother’s day to have afternoon tea. Such a great experience with tasty tea and delicious food. Each person got to pick their own tea and got one piece of each of the treats on the food tower. I highly recommend LondonHouse’s afternoon tea!

S
Minneapolis
50 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Great service from Cecil as he tends to the lounge almost by himself. We had the afternoon tea service and enjoyed it much. This is not your traditional tea, the Chefs here added a contemporary flair to the service, some were good and some were so so. I really enjoyed the black tea with Canadian Ice Wine.

KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends and I had a great time at the LondonHouse Tea Service. The service was friendly, personal, and fun. The food tasted amazing and it was beautiful - so much time and energy put into creating the tea sandwiches and desserts. It was a wonderful location too - floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the waterfront on a gorgeously sunny Chicago spring day!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

High Tea is an experiential occasion and falls into discretionary spending. Sharing the dining/tea room with hotel guest who are in their sleepwear takes away from that experience. The food was ok and the service was ok, but nothing over the top. On the flip side, the tea was very good and same with the spirits.

HC
London
24 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I had the tea service and was disappointed. Service was fine and the room was nice but the food was just not what I expected - tea was fine, food was non-traditional.

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BR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

So much food, and unlimited tea! Pricey but worth it!

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I enjoyed the service overall. I would have liked a better selection for tea choices. Also, the service wasn't great seeing as the bartenders had so many people to tend to. I would have liked a more personal wait staff. I enjoyed the treats.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A special tea celebrating my daughters 21st birthday! We had a wonderful time! Vince was fabulous taking great care of us! The food & tea was delicious! The views were beautiful!

HK
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very pleasant experience. I went with my wife on a weekday which meant that we were the only Tea Service customers (at our reserved time anyhow).
We were given a table by the window with a beautiful view of the Chicago river. The food was excellent. I found it to be a very interesting twist on the traditional Afternoon Tea fair, while it did preserve the customary structure (scones, savories, sweats).
One thing was that we felt the tea selection could have been a bit more generous and, if I wanted to be nitpicking, 'perfect' service would not have required us to ask for some more hot water. It should have come automatically ... but that is really just being perfectionist. All in all, very nice, and I will go there again.

AZ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Everything was up to standard but it wad a bit rowdy because of the lobby traffic and the small-ish size of the siting area.

JN
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went with my mom and daughter to tea at LondonHouse. We’d considered other places, but I’m glad we went here. The service was excellent. It’s a cool, chic place, but we felt comfortable and welcome with my 7 year old in tow. The room is just off the lobby, making for interesting people watching, and it also looks out over the river and some iconic Chicago architecture. Beautifully decorated, with good music. The pace of the meal was leisurely. We had a glass of champagne and a basket of baked goods while we waited for our tea and accompanying treats. My daughter had a kids’ version, which was nice, and half the cost of adult tea. A nice offering. The food and tea were delicious, and we left feeling full and satisfied. I’d definitely recommend it and would return again.

CK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 1

Not at all what I had expected. Maybe it was the time of year but the ambience was not inviting. Food was meh. Service by Scott was great.

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter was very good but I felt we were sitting in the lobby and there was a larger party growing next to us that forced our party to leave early. A tea event should be quite calm and relaxed rather than struggling to hear the person next to you. We paid a premium for a tea experience and were not too pleased with the atmosphere.

SP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

We spent a late Valentine's Day celebration at LondonHouse for their Tea Service. We have done a few different tea services throughout the city of Chicago (Langham, Penninsula, Drake) this was by and large the most 'mailed in' tea service we have experienced. There were about 4 tea choices which were not exciting. The staff knew little to nothing about the teas offered. Someone randomly came and dropped off a bunch of treats for us which were fine, nothing exciting. Most of the sweets tasted out of a box, there was actually a fortune cookie offered which is laughable. Finally, when the tea was brought to our table, they didn't even tell us which tea was which and they didn't offer any suggestion as to how we should enjoy it. Honestly, this was just $100 for someone to brew us some tea bags and drop us off some cookies. I would not recommend this at all, it came off as a cash grab by a luxury hotel and nothing else. Also, a check was dropped off at our table without the individual asking if we wanted anything else. This service was a joke.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

While LondonHouse offers a unique dining experience, they do not accommodate unique dietary restrictions.

FN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Overall experience was good and fun. I wish it was on the rooftop or at a higher level than the lobby, so I hope that they’ll consider that in the future.

My few negatives were the fact that there was not enough filling in the macarons (the two halves should not be touching as pictured); and that the tea selection is fairly light if you don’t like black tea. I generally avoid black teas, especially Earl Grey, but the Earl Grey was fantastic. In a big picture sense: these are very very minor details.

YD
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the ambience and the service. I go often.

My first tea service was just ok. I am pescatarian so my options were so very limited in what I received included in tea service. My friend who eats everything received small bites that included salmon topped prosciutto, I asked why I couldn’t have the same without the prosciutto and I was simply told that it doesn’t come that way. So for the most part my selection was all vegetarian minus one item that was a fish piece. Maybe if I had more of those and less of the veggie options I would’ve been more satisfied especially since tea for one is $50. We both were not thrilled to receive Christmas tree and gingerbread house pasteries in the first week of the new year, we joked and thought maybe they were just left overs from the Christmas holiday.

Overall, i love London House and I wil continue to go back just maybe not for tea ;)

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

It was a major disappointment. Scones came out cold; I have never been served cold scones in an afternoon tea service ever. The rye on the savory sandwiches was dry; the cucumber sandwich was soggy and the fondant was cracked and dry. The latter tasted and looked old. I would not recommend and would not come again. I also made a request for no pork but the tray arrived with prosciutto....

P
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The London House tea service is ok. Not great, not terrible. Space is sort of stark but warms up when it gets darker out and the views are lovely. The savory bites were terrific, the sweet were so-so. The service was a bit lackadaisical though not terrible. The trio caroling was very good but sort of annoying when one is trying to have a conversation. Light piano would have been more appropriate.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the holiday carolers. It was a great holiday tea! Highly recommend!

J
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely room with a beautiful river view. The desserts were beautifully presented. We would have enjoyed fresher savory options.

A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Went for afternoon high tea. Tea is served in the bar area where there is no coat check and a very large screen television is tuned to CNN. When staff was asked about the possibility of turning off the television, the reply was, “No, not possible.” Staff did not offer to reseat us away from the massive screen. It was a challenge throughout the afternoon to attempt to enjoy tea amidst Images of detained immigrant children, fires and a blustering Trump. The savory selections were interesting and tasty, while the baked goods were mediocre. Service was lackluster. All together a disappointment.

ML
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Curt was a lovely server and bartender who made our afternoon tea super fun! The food and imaginative desserts were beautiful - on the par with many other afternoon teas I have had around the world. It was exquisite. Love The LondonHouse - and love to stay there as well.

RF
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

On the positive side, the food was good, the service was great, and the carolers added to the ambiance.

On the negative side, we're not sure exactly what happened, but even after listing all of the allergens when I made the reservation and double checking them with a phone call the day before, my friend had an allergic reaction to something. If you have allergies, steer clear.

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