The Promenade - a London institution for traditional British afternoon tea

Frequently referred to as ‘the drawing room of Mayfair’ since opening in 1931, The Promenade is the heart of The Dorchester in London. Refurbished by Thierry Despont, The Promenade features a series of rich, intimate spaces, complete with plush goose down cushions, high-backed divans and opulent floral urns, leading to a classic leather oval bar at the far end of the room. Open all day for informal dining, the restaurant has an international menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A London institution for British afternoon tea, experience The Promenade’s seasonal calendar of specialty teas and pastries, accompanied by a resident pianist. Enjoy the live music from 1.15pm each day and unwind at one of the best restaurants in London.

At the end of our wonderful Promenade, you’ll discover one of London’s best kept secrets. The Promenade Bar has a glorious oval design, fashioned in rich leather with a stunning backdrop of deep crimson glass.

The Promenade Bar is open from 11am to 12:30am each day serving a wide variety of seafood and 14 varieties of champagne by the glass.

Here you can watch the world go by and sip a glorious champagne cocktail, expertly mixed by our award-winning mixologists. While you relax, you can listen to the wonderful skills of our resident pianist from 1:15pm to 7pm everyday, or live jazz music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Dress code: The Dorchester dress code is ‘smart casual’ and we respectfully ask guests visiting the hotel to refrain from wearing baseball caps, beanie hats, ripped jeans, sportswear, trainers, flip-flops and shorts in our restaurants and bars.


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Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 8888

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 7 – 11am
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 7.30am – 11am

Monday to Sunday: 12 – 2pm

Monday to Sunday: 7pm – midnight

Afternoon tea
served five times daily at:
1pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm

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Very much the heart of the hotel, The Promenade is a series of rich, warm, intimate spaces for guests to enjoy afternoon tea, all day dining and cocktails in the bar.

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Our menus


The Promenade is open all day for informal dining serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and a supper menu.

Afternoon Tea Spotlight: Chocolate Indulgence


Exclusive to The Balcony at The Dorchester, Chocolate Indulgence is an afternoon tea with a difference. Our luxurious hot chocolate trolley allows guests to create a tailor-made blend featuring a choice of 12 different chocolates to create a truly indulgent treat.

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Parcafé Coffee

Parcafé is The Dorchester’s newly launched coffee shop, serving a variety of delicious drinks and bites, located on Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park.

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The Spatisserie

Exclusive to The Dorchester Spa is the uniquely named ‘Spatisserie’, an opulent, but intimate space for dining.

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Gift cards are available to purchase for afternoon tea at The Promenade at The Dorchester.

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