Senate Room

Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, United Kingdom, W1S 3ET
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Monday 10am – 7pm
Tuesday 10am – 9pm
Wednesday 10am – 9pm
Thursday 10am – 9pm
Friday 10am –10pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am–6pm

Breakfast and coffees 10am – 11.30am
Lunch 11.30am – 3.00pm
Afternoon tea 3pm – 5pm
Aperitivo 5pm – close

Last orders 30 minutes before close.

For group bookings for drinks & cocktails please call 020 7300 5912 or email [email protected]

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Gluten Free Available

About Senate Room

In a magnificent room overlooking Burlington Gardens, Senate Room at the Royal Academy of Arts has been restored and embellished by Sir David Chipperfield RA. It’s a perfect spot for a light lunch, afternoon tea or some elegant evening cocktails.

Inspired by its Italianate surroundings, the menu features a selection of antipasti, salads and crostini alongside daily pasta specials, cured hams and regional cheeses, accompanied by a range of proseccos, Italian wines and classic soft drinks. Afternoon Tea is also inspired by the flavours of Italy, with both sweet and savoury treats to enjoy.

By night, the lights lower and a specially curated range of spirits and cocktails is on offer, alongside our range of hams, cheeses, and olives.

Cuisine: Italian, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails, Small Plates, Pasta, Set Menu
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

Lovely room, beautifully appointed with the most delicious authentic Italian antipasto and attentive service.

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Very limited lunch menu and starters and main have many of the same ingredients e.g the peppers and aubergine caponata etc etc, The quality of the food was excellent but very disappointed in the choice

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Lovely lunch, good surroundings - a gem to discover in the RA - hope it doesn't get too busy!!

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Visited On Monday, 03 June 2019

Fantastic menu - especially the set menu hard to beat the price and quality in the area. Beautiful surroundings, friendly but unobtrusive service already looking forward to going back!

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Visited On Monday, 20 May 2019

Very good meal. Excellent service

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Visited On Thursday, 16 May 2019

It is quite pricey, but on my fourth visit it did not disappoint! Apart from the lovely setting, the staff were unobtrusive but charming. The tables are not too close together, and it is really nice that guests are not hurried out. Food excellent and very nicely presented.

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Visited On Friday, 10 May 2019

Here is my TripAdvisor review: We're RA friends and, last evening, after visiting an exhibition we called in - as we have done before - to this beautiful room for a post-exhibition drink. We'd tried to reserve in advance - but the website wouldn't accept our reservation so we emailed. They got it wrong - twice - but it was fine because, when we arrived, there were plenty of free tables. But then it all started to go downhill... This is a beautifully decorated room in the Royal Academy - a London gem - and they serve good cocktails. But the 'order and pay at the bar' principle feels more like an ordinary pub - and the prices are upper-end London cocktail bar. Then they add service - but really, there isn't any - because if you would like something else you have to go up to the bar and pay upfront again. That meant we didn't - and they lost out. So, in summary, this is a lost opportunity for the RA and - like other reviewers - we would encourage them to sort it out; it is not reflective of such a great institution.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 May 2019

Monday lunch was my third visit to the Senate Room...I've enjoyed all the visits but I think based on Monday's lunch, the quality of the food has even gone up a notch. The atmosphere's lovely--now my favourite space to dine at the RA and the staff so friendly and efficient. Excellent all round.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Very lovely Italianate afternoon tea, a shame the Prosecco was not included as part of the set price.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

A hidden gem, will definitely recommend to friends.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

We booked the afternoon tea as we were spending time in the RA that day. I booked via Afternoon tea and had a reservation. On arrival, I offered my reference and was told this wasn't needed. At the end of the tea, I had to ask for the discount, as they weren't aware my booking included this. The service and staff were very good. The quality and flavour of the food was very good too. However, I felt the portion size of the sandwiches very small, and the whole party was left wanting more. The scones were beautiful, and the cakes extremely tasty. Usually afternoon tea fills me up, on this occasion it didn't. One of our party asked for more tea, and was just provided with hot water. 3 ladies, we had a lovely afternoon, and the atomoshphere was good. But I have to say, I felt it wasn't great value, even though I did receive a discount. The portions should have been larger.

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 April 2019

Very peaceful place for lunch but that is really the best feature. Slow service and poor food

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

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Visited On Monday, 01 April 2019

I was disappointed that when I asked for gluten-free bread, I was only given a few bread sticks.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

A really lovely mother’s day tea with my family .

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Not a great choice for each course and the portions of lasagne and pasta of the day were too small although tasty. The panacotta pudding with rhubarb was delicious. Not good value for money.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 March 2019

Excellent atmosphère, lieu calme et reposant après une visite fatigante. La qualité de la nourriture est bonne mais il y a parfois un goût de 'trop peu'.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 March 2019

What is missing in Central London is a place for older people to go to quietly relax in physical comfort and enjoy a full set English tea with little distraction apart from the ceremonial aspects. We were a party of ‘older people’, Friends of the RA, and we intended to take in an exhibition as part of our afternoon. So we were enthusiastic to try the Italianate set Tea at The Senate Room. The first disappointment was with the narrowness of the room - very high ceilings beautifully decorated and thoroughly classic Italian in elegance, but the narrowness of the room meant less sense of space and comfort. The tables are small (quite mean) and close together which is less conducive to the sense of occasion a formal set tea demands. There was so little space on the table once the teapots and the food started to arrive that the waiter had to remove the water glasses, the little cacti plants, salt and pepper, and anything else not immediately being used! The fun of a formal set tea is the wide selection of savoury and sweet offerings that each person in the party can choose, but The Senate Room made the choice for each party member - for my party, we would have preferred all offerings to be laid out on a tiered platter set in the middle of a larger table, or on a trolley brought round to each of us several times during the set tea, so that each of us could have chosen his or her favourites. We would have preferred an equal number of savoury options to sweet ones. This was not the case. Lastly the desired sense of quietude during the set tea - when we arrived on time at 3pm there was pop style music on fairly loudly. I asked if it could be turned down, and thankfully it was - older people often have time, inclination and money to indulge in a formal set tea, but too often they may have hearing (and other disablement) difficulties. If they are forced to compete with piped music they are unlikely to want to return again. Thank you for turning the music down. May I suggest that the music change at 3pm from pop to something more classic, perhaps Italianate as well? so long as it is soft and in the background.... The service was attentive, but it could be better in the sense of the waiters having more detailed info about the food being served. The tea selection was excellent, but the Japanese iron tea pots almost too heavy for my guests to lift up and pour. There were empty water glasses on the table but we were not offered table water. MY guess is that your set Tea will not be as popular as your lunches, you informal afternoon tea time offerings, and the bar function in the evening - perhaps the Senate Room is trying to be too many things to too many different people? Food: all very nice. Thank you!

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

I enjoyed my first two visits to Senate Room - both times I had a selection of tasty, fresh and well-priced small plates. This time, tried a main course - a very disappointing lasagne. This was a very small portion, not freshly prepared, not warmed up properly, and overpriced at around £12. My tip, go for the small plates and avoid the mains.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 March 2019

I wish there were porcelain cups and pot instead of clay ones

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 March 2019

A gem! (with excellent and friendly service)

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Great place for a light lunch between exhibitions

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

Beautiful contemporary space. Staff were extremely helpful. We booked for afternoon tea, but none of us was hungry enough. Staff made no problem about our changing to a lighter option.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Set menu ideal and good value

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Lovely surrounding. The RA membership discount does not work for lunch time..shame😔

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