The most expensive cup of tea in the world is at The Rubens, just opposite Buckingham Palace

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The Rubens at The Palace hotel is now serving the most expensive cup of tea in the world, just opposite Buckingham Palace. Yes, tea connoisseurs can enjoy a unique afternoon tea here, overlooking The Royal Mews. They can order pot of PMD Golden Tips Tea for £500.

The Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the most expensive cup of tea in the world opposite Buckingham Palace.
The Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the most expensive cup of tea in the world opposite Buckingham Palace.

​ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA AT THE RUBENS AT THE PALACE HOTEL

The Rubens at The Palace hotel serves its Royal Afternoon Tea in one of London’s favorite locations for royal watchers. The afternoon tea is served in tea room overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. A pot of tea comes with freshly baked scones, pastries and finger sandwiches.

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The hotel collaborated with specialist tea merchants PMD Tea to offer guests PMD’s fine Ceylon Golden Tips. This is a rare tea blend produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka. The price reflects the rarity of the tea. One order of ‘The Rubens Golden Tips Tea’ is priced at £500. For this amount, guests get a pot serving three cups. This means one cup costs just a little over £165.

About the Ceylon Golden Tips tea

The Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the Golden Tips tea for afternoon tea. This is perhaps the most expensive cup of tea in the world.
The Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the Golden Tips tea for afternoon tea. This is perhaps the most expensive cup of tea in the world.

The Ceylon Golden Tips tea is synonymous with exclusivity and high prices in London. As early as 1891, a pound of Golden Tips sold for the equivalent of £1,260.

Over 100 years later, this special hand-picked blend of Ceylon Golden Tips is back to London. Today, The Rubens at the Palace, a member of the Red Carnation Hotels, serves it exclusively in partnership with PMD Tea.

The most special tea in the world

The Rubens at The Palace Hotel in collaboration with PMD teas is serving the most expensive cup of tea in the world opposite Buckingham Palace.
The Rubens at The Palace Hotel in collaboration with PMD teas is serving the most expensive cup of tea in the world opposite Buckingham Palace.

This tea is one of the most special teas in the world. Harvesting it is a complicated process. Expert tea pluckers skilfully handpick the tips of the small, succulent shoots of a special tea plant at sunrise. Then they dry the buds on a velvet cloth under the sun so that these turn from silver to gold.


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About the Rubens Golden Tips Tea

The Rubens Golden Tips Tea has a smooth and mellow texture with hints of fruity notes. Guests can infuse the tea leaves up to three times. Each time, the flavour profile changes for the drinker to enjoy a new depth of flavour.

How to serve the Golden Tips tea

The Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the Golden Tips tea for afternoon tea. This is perhaps the most expensive cup of tea in the world.
The Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the Golden Tips tea for afternoon tea. This is perhaps the most expensive cup of tea in the world.

To serve the Golden Tips tea, the hotel team uses gold tweezers to pick the leaves and weigh them with precision. The tea is then infused using still natural mineral water. When it is ready, they pour it from a special silver tea set with white glove service.

The hotel team recommends enjoying this unique tea experience in a special way. Guests should sip on the tea first before tucking into sandwiches and scones to truly savour its delicate flavour.

In partnership with PMD, the Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the most expensive cup of tea in the world opposite Buckingham Palace.
In partnership with PMD, the Rubens at The Palace Hotel is serving the most expensive cup of tea in the world opposite Buckingham Palace.

The Rubens’ Palace Lounge serves the  Royal Afternoon Tea daily from midday until 5 PM on weekdays and until 6 PM on Saturdays. The afternoon tea costs £45 per person, and The Rubens Golden Tips Tea costs an additional £500 per pot.

Read more about the best afternoon tea experiences in London in Travelife Magazine.

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