A Rare Chance To Have Afternoon Tea Inside Greenwich's Painted Hall This March

A Rare Chance To Have Afternoon Tea Inside Greenwich's Painted Hall This March

A rare chance to have afternoon tea in the Painted Hall in Greenwich this March — for one day only.

On Mother's Day (Sunday 10 March), the stunning building within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Royal Naval College will be closed to the public, with only a select few able to enter. Once inside, you'll be served a traditional afternoon tea in exquisite Baroque surroundings, while a harpist performs — which all sounds rather swanky, if you ask us.

The menu consists of sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and pastries and teacakes. Wash it down with tea, or splash out extra for a glass of prosecco or champagne.

Interior of the Painted Hall, before a restoration project in 2019
Dine beneath London's fanciest ceiling. Photo: Matt Brown/Londonist

A children's menu is available, with smaller portions than the adult menu, served with a milkshake. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available.

Though the space was originally intended as an eating room for the Greenwich Pensioners who lived in the building, the beauty of the Painted Hall made it a popular tourist attraction, and dining here was relegated to special occasions.

And if you'd completely forgotten about Mother's Day until now, may we give you a gentle nudge towards London's finest chocolate shops, and some of the capital's best florists? You're welcome.

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea in the Painted Hall is on 10 March, with sittings at 1pm and 3.30pm. It must be booked in advance.

Feature image: Old Royal Naval College/Shawn M. Kent via creative commons

Last Updated 26 February 2024

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