A Tradition Begins
Afternoon Tea is a tradition that began in 1840 by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. Due to a long period between the meals, the Duchess experienced a sinking feeling that afflicted her between 3 and 4 o’clock. One afternoon she requested a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake to be brought to her room. Gradually, she became accustomed to this habit and invited her friends to partake in her daily ritual. Within a short period of time, this affair, known as Afternoon Tea, became an elaborate social event. During this time, the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich, enhancing the overall experience of Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea remains to this day a graceful affair to enjoy in the company of friends and associates. Afternoon Tea takes place daily in our traditional Tea Lobby featuring live harp music.
A reservation is highly recommended as the Palm Court remains quite fashionable for afternoon tea. Seatings are every hour and half.
Palm Court is delighted to introduce a new gluten-free alternative to the traditional Afternoon Tea menu and is pleased to accommodate dietary needs including vegetarian. Please advise of all dietary needs and food allergies at the time of making your reservation.
Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel has been a tradition for nearly a century. The Drake has welcomed the worlds' most prominent guests such as Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and the Empress of Japan to the Palm Court. We look forward to adding your name to the distinguished list.
Choose from 17 selections by Palais des Thes, created in Paris in 1987 as a brand of premium tea that offers all-natural signature flavored teas and a tier of Finger Sandwiches, Festive Petit Fours, and English Scones & Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf accompanied by preserves, lemon curd, and English Devon Cream.
On Wednesdays - Sundays a live harpist will fill the room with enchanting melodies to listen to while lingering over tea.
Guided History Tour & Tea*
The Drake Hotel History Tour & Tea is a hotel guided tour, where the tales from the 1920’s throughout the decades are recounted, so guests can envision the past and fancy in the legendary Afternoon Tea Service in the impressive Palm Court. The Drake’s History Tour & Tea is a throwback to nearly a century of stories, narrated in theatrical fashion by Amy Verdon, History Tour & Tea guide. The History Tour & Tea encompasses architecture, ghost stories, crimes of the times, celebrities, entertainment and more. The guided tour is approximately one hour long.
Groups of less than four are welcome to join an existing tour.
Available for groups of 4 or more guests:
January 20th, 26th, & 27th
February 2nd, 3rd
All dates require reservations
Tours will not be taking place on the weekends in January & February. All tours subject to availability. Pricing is $65.00 per person for afternoon tea and tour, exclusive of taxes and gratuities. Contact Amy.Verdon@Hilton.com or 312.932.4307.
Bridal and Baby Shower Teas
The Palm Court will be delighted to assist in coordinating your party, including floral and decorating arrangements with Mangel’s Florists and providing a gift table or special seating arrangements to fit your needs. For information on parties of 30 or more, please email the Hospitality Manager. For parties less than 30, please email the Palm Court Manager or call 312.932.4619.
The Palm Court is an ideal pre-dinner meeting place or post-work cocktail hot spot. Food offered at the Palm Court includes soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet selections. Our bar features a large selection of imported beers, spirits, and cocktails made with premium mixers. The Palm Court bar is open Saturday until 12:00 am.