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Colonnades The Signet Library


In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town adjacent to St Giles Cathedral, Colonnades is a truly unique destination for in-the-know city dwellers and visitors seeking an authentic taste of British heritage.

The Signet Library is acclaimed as one of Edinburgh’s finest Georgian buildings. The ornate columns and soaring ceiling of its elegant interior make a wonderful setting to experience the grandeur of times gone by, with all the theatre you’d expect of a classic European tearoom.

Beautiful mirror top tables with fine porcelain set the stage for impeccable service from our charming waiting staff. We even have a tea sommelier who will guide you through our kaleidoscopic array of teas and infusions from around the world. Our piece de resistance is the magnificent Colonnades Afternoon Tea. Feast your senses with towering tiers of savoury delicacies, intricate sweet delights and our much-loved scones, all made by our dedicated pastry chefs. And why not make your afternoon even more indulgent with a glass of champagne?


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Opening times

  • Wednesday - Sunday, 11 am - 4:30 pm
  • Please note that on certain Saturdays, the tearoom may be closed for private weddings.

Location Details

The Signet Library

Parliament Square


+44 0131 225 0651


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