LondonHouse Tea Service

3.9
35 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Scenic View
  • Bar Seating
Reservations are highly recommended. Please see our set tea service menu below and inform us of any allergies or dietary restriction at 312-253-2317 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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YD
1 review
Dined on January 6, 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 ;)

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 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....

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Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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.

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

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

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J
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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.

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A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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.

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ML
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 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.

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RF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 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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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

I may be somewhat biased because my sister and I do high tea for our birthdays every year and have had high tea at almost every spot in Chicago. I would have to say this was by far my least favorite and it was absolutely not worth the price. For starters we were the only one's doing tea. Most people appeared to be hotel guests who were just hanging in the lobby or business travelers doing work on their laptops and having a drink. So it certainly didn't have the special high tea feel that you get at The Drake or The Palmer House. I could have ignored that if the food and service were amazing, but they weren't. The service was fine, but even knowing we were there for a special occasion they didn't really go out of their way for us which was a little annoying given that they were not even remotely busy. In addition, the bartender/server changed shifts while we were there and they didn't make any mention of this to us. It was a little confusing and made me feel weird about where my tip was actually going. The food was trying way too hard. While some of the bites were delicious (the Spanish marzipan with pine nuts thing was one of the best bites I've had recently), most of them were just so so, some of them were terrible. It's probably saying something when the best savory bite was the cucumber sandwich with avocado cream cheese. I would have preferred a big warm traditional scone over the mini fig scone we received and definitely prefer clotted cream or even whipped butter to the strange custard and creme fraiche they served. The cranberry jam was great, but the scone was too small to truly enjoy it. This might be a cool spot if you're staying at the hotel, but the tea service needs some serious improvements.

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

The pastries were a huge disappointment. It was definitely not worth the money.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Not a 'high tea' in setting, style, selection, atmosphere....this is a hotel lobby bar seating with 'bar snacks'.

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

The experience was amazing and the bartender and server made my birthday 🎂 an even special day! Thank you all so much! I look forward to returning soon.

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RB
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The service and Tea itself was great. The food was good, but way overpriced at 50.00 per person. I would recomend to friends and family if it was half the price.

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DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

Unfortunately, I would have rated this experience lower if I could. I've been to afternoon tea in London several times before and this doesn't remotely compare. The food was absolutely terrible and beyond over priced. Don't waste your money here like I did!!!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We also went to the top floor bar and it was amazing. Great drinks. Get the spicy hibiscus and the music was great too. Great crowd for a Sunday.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

We were looking forward to doing Tea Service as it’s always a fun experience. The ambience is great with a nice view of classic Chicago architecture — love or hate Trump his building is impressive.

The tea was excellent and the first course was good. BUT the traditional savory and sweat biscuits were awful — horrible! NOTHING tasted good. We were disappointed with every new bite as literally nothing tasted good. Our server was nice, the ambience good, but the food straight up SUCKED! And for $50 a person a total joke. Hop fully they fire their chef or he had a coming to Jesus moment with what makes a good Tea Service without getting too “creative” so bad

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JK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I went to London House for the Tea Service. I sat next to the window and had a gorgeous view of the river and downtown Chicago. It's perfect for a girls day out, Mother's Day, celebrating Grandma, or perfect for your little lady that loves to have tea parties. Treat yourself to some fancy finger foods and all you can drink tea. A MUST if you love tea time!!

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S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The tea service is just ok. The food is not that good, and it seems like they are understaffed.

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Too expensive for what you get.
No food options and only a few teas to select from.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tea. I wanted to sing happy Birthday to my friend who I was taking there. They must have forgot I was celebrating her bday. Other than that. It was really nice.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I took my mom for afternoon tea for her Mother’s Day present and it was the BEST experience! The room that they have the tea in is so cute and you get to sit in these really fun lounge chairs and just feel like royalty. The tea, pastries and finger sandwiches were amazing as well. Overall a great experience and we plan on doing it again!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

everything was Wonderful !!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food was not very good. Tea was so so. Uncomfortable seating. Lax service. Great view of Wacker Dr from window seat.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The ambience is the biggest issue at LondonHouse. feels more like you’re having tea and a hotel conference room. The Drake the peninsula and the Allis are much better options.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Poor service. Attended for high tea and service was rude.

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New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Glad to have found the London Tea House. The only place I could find in Chicago offering tea service starting early, at 1pm. We were seated at a table at the window. The seating area is more of a lounge than a restaurant. The tea selection was limited to just five types. The food was good, more small bites than sandwiches. Despite having requested a vegetarian option ahead of time, the restaurant was not aware of this, which delayed our food service slightly. However, they did arrange to provide the vegetarian option. Overall, we enjoyed everything. The presentation of the food was beautiful. I would have liked more sweets.... The only bite I did not enjoy was the doughnut, as mine was very dry. We especially enjoyed the champagne! A very nice experience for afternoon tea.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall a good experience. Food was meh but the tea was great. It was very nice of them to accommodate our vegetarian diet. The actual eating area is right next to the check in counter so it is a little loud.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Food was not very good and when I asked to not have beef as part of the tea she said there was nothing to substitute it. Hard to believe they couldn’t throw an extra scone or veg sandwich on the tray. Some of the food was also pretty dry like it had been sitting out. Good view though

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Very disappointed. Expensive. Cold food. Had so much potential but ultimately was a waste.

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OR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

HICE RESERVACION POR OPEN TABLE PERO NO LA TENIAN, FUE PARA LA HORA DEL TE, LOS PRECIOS EXTRAORDINARIAMENTE CAROS, LA COMIDA EXTRAORDINARIAMENTE ORDINARIA, QUEDO MUY POR ABAJO DE NUESTRAS ESPECTATIVAS, EL SERVICIO DE TE TIENE UN COSTO DE USD$ 50.00 POR PERSONA Y LITERALMENTE SON 6 BOCADILLOS BASTANTE ORDINARIOS Y DIRIA QUE REFRIGERADOS, EL DE LOS NIÑOS USD$ 25.00 Y SON DOS SANDWICHES SIN ORILLAS DE MERMELADA, ME PARECIO LITERAL UN ROBO YA QUE EL LUGAR TAMPOCO ES LA GRAN COSA, ES EL LOBBY DEL HOTEL CON UNAS 20 MESAS Y SOLO DOS PERSONAS PARA ATENDER, EL TE LLEGO PRIMERO Y LOS BOCADILLOS 15 MINUTOS DESPUES. DESEPCIONANTE

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H
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excelente vista , muy acogedor , buena ubicación , surtido de bocadillos

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L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

mixed feelings:
savory items were original and
tasty. good tea selections. 👍
crossiants were no better than
costco. muffins tasted like from
box mix. 👇 other sweets ok,
except chocolate layer mini+++
service outstanding!
ambience good.
price fair

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Chicago
139 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our afternoon tea on the 2nd floor of the Londonhouse hotel overlooking Wacker Drive and the river. Like most tea services, it can be a little expensive for some. But the service, ambiance, and view were great. I suggest not eating the breads they bring at the beginning, because you will be too full to enjoy the tea pastries and hors d'oevres they bring later. All in all, this was a very enjoyable experience.

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n
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The last time my daughters and I enjoyed HiT was literally in London so this was a great experience for us. The fod was amazing. Our server struggled to communicate in english which was somewhat charming but also somewhat distracting in a negative way.

We will definitely return.

The worse part, by far, of this entire experience is looking out those beautiful windows accross the river and into the magnificent architecture of this city then being struck in the face with the hideous sign on the hotel directly accross the river. What an eyesore. Reminds me of an Orange T Rex. Big mouth, tiny hands and a massive sign as compensation. The city should force its removal in my opinion. Grotesque.

I feel sorry for the workers who have to stare accross the river at that giant middle finger.

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F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

We were there for their afternoon tea. It is served on the 2nd floor of the London House. It is a well appointed area but be aware that from that location you see mostly Wacker drive and the buildings on the North side of the river like Trump and not the River itself. The teas and the service were excellent. But the food was mediocre at best. Some of the savories were hard and stale. So were the macaroons. The best part was the donuts coated in a pistachio glaze. We were expecting somewhat more than just some fancy donuts for $50.
We like the concept of the afternoon tea but it needs some serious rework.

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