Den in St Martins Lane

4.4
61 reviews
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Cozy
Step into The Den, a classically British, oak-panelled snug at the St Martins Lane hotel, which offers guests a peaceful spot to enjoy afternoon tea, curl up with a book, play a game of backgammon or catch up with friends over a Gin & Tonic. An ideal meeting place in the heart of Covent Garden, The Den’s country club atmosphere is complemented by comfortable leather sofas and warm lighting. A series of surreal and playful art pieces riffed on classic British scenarios also adorn the walls, bringing the room to life with a touch of British
eccentricity.

The Den Terrace: This summer, St Martins Lane is delighted to be opening its doors onto The Den Terrace to bring you a taste of the tropics, in collaboration with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro. The Den has been transformed into a topical oasis, filled to the brim with palm trees and cacti that will spill out onto the terrace, bringing Caribbean glamour to the heart of London’s Covent Garden.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, Lounge
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 11pm
Sunday: 10am - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 7300 5588
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
NCP car park located underneath the hotel
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Public Transit
Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Covent garden, Picadilly Circus
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 61 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have had a great afternoon tea and Michelle was takeing care of us, as we were friends of her.

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MB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Den has an Afternoon Tea that is way too much food / too rich ( there are 3 savoury items, 5 sweet pastries/cakes and big scone) for just one person so don't over order, get a tea for 2 or even 3 and get extra teas. The quality of the food was excellent even if some items I didn't like but that was my own preference not the preparation.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Really lovely ambience and super attnetative and friendly staff. The food especially the sweet tray was a letdown.

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AL
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked for afternoon tea last minute in the morning. Very impressed with the food, service and location and will definitely be back!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fitting environment of quiet calm to meet friends for a Prosecco tea in preparation for a 24h singing marathon. Excellent selection of savoury and sweet items and a delightful service.

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were a group of three ladies attending afternoon tea. The selection of cakes, savoury items and overall tea inc prosecco were amazing quality, so tasty and and great value for money. We had to ask for a doggy bag as there was so much! We all had a lovely day and staff were also fantastic.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s was very welcoming with fabulous and cosy at the Den.. perfectly for a business meeting or meeting a friend.
I was there for afternoon tea and had a great time catching up with my friend, we really enjoyed the afternoon tea & amazing service from Michelle. We spent such a lovely evening there. Thank you so much Michelle for looking after us you are a star service, will definitely be back again!❤️ x

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Great setting, decent food and cakes to die for. It took 30 minuets to receieve and pay the bill which was a bit of a le down.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Not very impressed by the actual food. Not presented well, slightly burned and very flat scones. Good value for the price but not somewhere I'd go again. You could go somewhere far superior for not much more money. Not bad, but a bit disappointing.

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

6 of us had afternoon tea to celebrate my 40th birthday. I really can't fault it. The Den is quirky and a perfect cool retreat from the raging heatwave outside. The afternoon tea itself was utterly delicious and amazing, in fact there was possibly too much! Serving was great, staff really helpful. I forgot to advise that we had a gluten free diner but they went and prepared her something so quickly, that my friend hardly noticed. We had the prosecco deal and I really don't think it can be beaten for value. Will definitely return, but will probably skip breakfast next time!

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K
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb customer service. Beautifully presented afternoon tea.

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e
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely afternoon tea in a cosy room. It was a birthday celebration and they provided a lovely celebration plate.

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WW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good afternoon tea with an unusual twist
Excellent service
Great value

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The Den does not belong as part of the smart and trendy St Martin’s lane hotel. The Den is below a average on all counts. Poor service, sad menu, dark ‘Den’ just about ok for a December evening.

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EH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Rather strange 'concept' hotel, full on a Saturday afternoon with very noisy young people having a good time. The Den itself was a lot quieter and rather dark, but comfortable. The tea was excellent, although it would have been nice to have a wider range of non-herbal teas - the only choice was English Breakfast. A bit heavy on the sweet fancy cakes, but they were all lovely, and beautifully presented. The staff were charming and couldn't be more friendly and helpful.

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CT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect fit the occasion, being told seating time was 2 hours we did not thinking we would even need that time but 90 mins in we were still loving it and enjoying ourselves. Best afternoon tea ever had and service was amazing

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1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A superb Afternoon Tea, a great menu and outstanding service.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great service and delicious food, great selection of different pastries and cakes ...my first afternoon tea and it was a great experience...it was so much food we could barely finish! Would defo recommend it!

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

Horrible! Came here to treat a friend for her birthday. No-one to greet us and show us to our table so we just sat at the “Reserved Table”. Eventually went to the front desk to ask for service. Food horrid and they had no note of “vegetarian option”. English Breakfast tea tasted cheap. Had to keep getting up to find our waitress... Had been before but NEVER again!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The Den is a single medium-size room just off of the large atrium / reception area of the hotel.

You enter by an archway which has no door and obviously therefore leaks sound in from the various groups making their way through reception.

We were seated with my wifes back immediately by that arch. It was cold, noisy and the table was at an awkward level relative to the seats.

Even if we’d have been seated at one of the “nicer” tables beside one of the fake fires, it’d have been an underwhelming experience that fell well short of the sales copy.

The Den is an add-on that brings in extra cash for the main hotel (and it’s such a good hotel, it’s unlikely the staff there don’t realise it doesn’t match the standards of the rest of the hotel itself).

The staff were nice but unable to help (they did offer for us to have the food in the restaurant).

For all I know the food may be amazing. We paid £6 for a few mouthfuls of the sparkling water bottle we’d been bought and moved on.

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NN
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The selection of cakes and savoury items for the afternoon tea was incredible. So much that we couldn't finish! But very tasty! Cosy setting with unique decor. The lady who served us was super friendly.

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RB
London
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The room was not at all what you might expect on entering the hotel lobby, being more a quirky gentleman's club room than the sparce 'pretentious' foyer would suggest. Just stopped for a drink and snack before the theatre, and it was ideal for that. Service was a little slow, but probably the fault of the establishment rather than the staff! The lady who served us was lovely, suggested we might be fine with one mezze plate rather than the two we were initially going to order, and genuinely seemed keen on making sure we were comfortable. My G&T was perfect, and the mezze plate was home-made and delicious. My only quibble with the place, and the sole reason it doesn't get a 5 star from me, is the music, which, while not too loud exactly, is that electronic noise which is both insistent and irritating - and therefore really not relaxing. A shame, as everything else was super.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic afternoon tea with excellent service from all staff.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a really nice afternoon tea at The Den and it was good value. They accommodated for vegetarians and had lovely tea options. The venue was small but cosy and inviting. The staff were friendly and the service was great, we felt very comfortable.

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the Den for afternoon tea while on holiday in London and we are so glad we did. The afternoon tea had a perfect mix of sweet and savory menu items, all of which were full of flavor and delicious. The ambiance was nice and quaint as the Den was tucked away in the corner of the St. Martin’s Hotel. I would definitely recommend this spot if you are looking for an authentic tea time experience.

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LB
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was bought for a birthday gift afternoon tea, and she had a wonderful time. The service was mentioned as amazing, especially with the extra birthday cake! The quantity and quality of food was also great. Easy access to theatres and ballet! Thank you

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Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I visited St Martin’s Den for afternoon tea on her birthday. It’s a small, cosy venue with just a dozen or so tables. Staff friendly, attentive and got the balance just right between giving us time and keeping us fed and watered.
Afternoon tea traditionally consists of savouries and a selection of sweet cakes. The sweet selection was excellent but my only criticism would be that the balance between sweet and savoury was not quite right. Too few savouries for me.
That said we wold visit again so couldn’t have been too bad.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our visit to the Den was part of a birthday day out to London, pre show booking. The Den is a small area off the entrance lobby of a hotel. As such, it is quite difficult to find as there is no signage to point you in the right direction. After unknowingly, walking past it a few times we had to ring the Den to find out which building it is.
The Den itself is a small room that is tastefully decorated and has modern arts / pictures on the walls, which are quite comical! You'll know what I mean if you go!
The service was good, attentive and helpful. The afternoon tea is good but not spectacular, the choice of sandwiches is fixed and will not be to everyone's tastes. A good selection of teas offered and the sweets are very good with plenty of them!
Overall, a nice place to go for afternoon tea and I would recommend it.

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MB
London
103 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to meet for a drink before heading out for the evening

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TW
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Swanky and modern den located in a hotel. Food and service was excellent during afternoon tea. Very cleaver portrats line the walls.

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i
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

conveniently located next to ENO
very nice afternoon tea served by very friendly waitress
however food took almost 40 mins to arrive, tea was cold by then
disturbingly loud music coming in from the lobby
and various personel using the room as interconnecting room to other jobs
interestingly furnished room but try to sit in those deep armchairs and eat from a plate up on a regular height table ...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely surroundings and great service. Wouldn't have known about it if I hadn't of seen it online so a great little find. Lovely afternoon tea.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a very nice afternoon tea in the Den. We went because it was close and well priced, we'll go back because it was excellent - both the food and the service

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Quaint little find within St Martins Lane hotel. Server was excellent, good took ages so we came back after the theatre to eat it, which was kind of them to accommodate us rather than rush it pre show.

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T
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place for Afternoon tea. Beautiful setting. Atmosphere a little on the dim and dark side but was nice. The cakes were amazing, however there was cake over load and there could have been more a variety of sandwiches produced on the smaller side rather than only 3 sandwiches with no other filling choices and then 7 cakes! Maybe look at having miniature sandwiches with a simple variety and 5 signature cakes rather than 7 very rich cakes. Just seemed ever so sweet. Also the timing of the drinks could have been paced slightly better. We were given Prosseco, water and our teas and coffee all at the same time. Meaning that the coffees and tea went cold very quickly and not leaving us time to drink the prosecco beforehand. Other than that, the setting was lovely and the service was exceptional - service was extremely friendly, pleasant and cheerful.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our waitress, Melinda was exceptionally friendly and courteous from the start. She offered to put away our rain soaked umbrellas and assured us that they were able to accommodate us earlier than our appointment. She explained every item on the menu in great detail and was attentive to our needs at all times. She made us feel well taken care off. The afternoon tea was lovely, we enjoyed the savoury treats and differences from a classic afternoon tea menu. The brioche and blackberry mouse was exceptional. I loved the tea service. The den was exactly that- a den! It felt cosy, however had the weather permitted we would have preferred to sit outside on the terrace. Overall a lovely afternoon tea made special by our waitress Melinda!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely Afternoon Tea at the Den. The Den is nice and cosy with fun quirky artwork and comfortable sofas. It is a small space so doesn't feel crowded at all and is an oasis in the city. Our Australian waitress was super friendly and lovely and very attentive. The afternoon tea was delicious and plentiful and I also loved the Ted Baker tea set. Great value for money and a hidden gem in the world of afternoon teas.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The two servers, Agnes and Janes, were incredibly pleasant and made the experience really positive. The food was delicious, and was really good value for money!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic service, great choice of food, good value for money. One of the better afternoon teas I have been for in London. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Afternoon Tea at the Den, highly recommend

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