‘There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.’
It’s #AfternoonTeaWeek !! ☕🎉
Afternoon Tea Week celebrates one of the nation’s favorite traditions. The British love for tea and sweet treats! In this post, I will be giving you all the tea on my recent visit to The Palm Court – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. The Park Lane Hotel was built in 1927 by Sir Bracewell Smith.
When I arrived at the venue I was greeted by a retro Chicago Broadway-esque vibe/decor which created an effortlessly glamorous ambiance. The scenery of the hotel made you feel like you had just stepped on the set of a glam Hollywood film with beautiful light chandeliers adorned on the walls and dimmed lights to emphasize and encapsulate the chosen era.
As I took my seat I was attended to quickly by the attentive waiters who handed me a menu and briefly explained the history of the venue and menu. Since February this year, The Palm Court has been in partnership with Lock & Co, to serve a unique take on afternoon tea to celebrate the 340 years of millinery excellence of Lock & Co. Hatters .
Lock & Co was first established in 1676. It happens to be the oldest hat shop in the & one of the oldest family-owned establishments still in business today. The Palm Court pastry team created a new special limited edition, finely crafted menu to incorporate the style of Lock & Co.’s classic hat designs into the shapes of the pastries. Such as the Worsley hat cake, which contains tonka cream, pineapple jam, and cocoa nib tart.
The menu still features well known traditional classics such as the Victoria Sponge cake, freshly baked scones and a beautiful, luxurious selection of filling finger sandwiches made with fresh quality ingredients.
As I took my seat I first noticed that the tableware was intractably and beautifully presented, which made me excitedly wait in anticipation for the arrival of the tea and food menu due to the great first impression.
For my first tea option, I chose the Superfruity herbal tea. This contained a delicious juicy blend of flavours. For my second tea option, I chose the Velvety Rooibos Caramel. A blend of luxury Rooibos and caramel. My favorite out of the two options was the Velvety Rooibos Caramel as the sweetness of the tea was a lot prominent. The colour of the tea was a vivid red colour which added to make the tasting experience a lot more interesting.
Some of the sandwiches which were served included the smoked salmon, capers with herb cream cheese,
Truffle scented free range eggs, crème fresh watercress wrap and Maple roasted gammon, apple chili jam. My fave was the smoked salmon sandwich. You really can’t beat anything that contains smoked salmon!
The little sweet cakes were super cute, as previously mentioned they were all delicately shaped into different stylish hats from the Lock & Co Collection. My favorite cake was called The hat box, which contained the classic traditional Victoria sponge and strawberry jam. It had the rich, velvety texture that I love. All food was severed on a cream artistically painted bone china which complemented the decor.
- Whilst I was enjoying my tea I was also able to revel in being serenaded by an extremely talented harpist who played a beautiful mix of classical music as well as more modern songs such as Diamonds by Rihanna. It was really nice to hear the harp instrumental cover live as it such an exquisite looking instrument.
The Palm Court won The Afternoon Tea Awards Highly Commended category in 2017, and it’s not hard to see why!
I received impeccable food and service, so would highly recommend if you are looking for somewhere with lavish decor with strong hues of black and gold to transport you straight back into the 20’s, make sure to pop in for a visit, as this is a great choice!
Classic Tea Selection £39.00 per person
Free flow Chapel Down £48.00 per person
- To book make sure to visit their site directly – https://www.palmcourtlondon.co.uk/en/afternoon-tea
Address: The Palm Court – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX
Closest Tube Stations: Green Park and Hyde Park Corner
Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
To check out my previous Afternoon Tea Review at Fortnum & Mason, click the link below!