After the festive flurry of Christmas, there's an unmatched charm in brightening the January gloom with the elegance of a classic English indulgence: afternoon tea. And for those seeking this quintessential treat, London's Great Scotland Yard Hotel stands as a veritable sanctuary, promising to not just satisfy cravings but warm the soul.
This remarkable building, once serving as the nerve centre of the Metropolitan Police, now stands as a testament to the seamless integration of historic grandeur with contemporary opulence. Its metamorphosis into a haven of refined elegance and unparalleled hospitality effortlessly weaves together the threads of heritage, its former past and modernity. Every corner exudes an aura of sophistication, from the foyer to the meticulously curated dining room and bar that offers tranquillity amidst the city's hustle and bustle.
As you step into the inviting embrace of the hotel's entrance, greeted warmly by bellhops adorned in olde worlde attire, the ambience whispers tales of an era gone by. The Parlour, the setting for this delightful escapade, exudes an air of Victorian exploration, complete with vintage tea chests and tantalising touches that appeal to the senses, setting the scene for an unforgettable experience.
A gracious host will present a choice of menus—classic, champagne, or the 'unlimited' option. Opting for a glass of Veuve Cliquot, complemented by a pot of freshly brewed mint tea, sets the tone for a sensory culinary excursion.
The arrival of savouries, personally curated by the chef, is a welcome blend of classic and contemporary offerings. The flavoursome yet classic coronation chicken sandwiches are an ode to culinary craftsmanship. It's an added delight knowing that just a stone's throw away lies the iconic Buckingham Palace, infusing the experience with a sense of regal proximity.
The miniature baby scones, cocooned in their napkin jackets, are a joy for aficionados of jam, generously accompanied by lashings of apple and blackcurrant conserve alongside cream. A transition to rooibos tea serves as the perfect accompaniment to balance the sweetness that dances on the palate.
As doubts about the capacity for further indulgence surface, the dessert ensemble arrives, casting a spell on eager hearts. Each experience is themed and we enjoyed Halloween-themed treats, including a pumpkin and clove mousse fit for royalty with artful presentation.
The menu’s culinary prowess continues to shine with offerings like smoked salmon accompanied by caviar and horseradish cream on malted bread, and egg truffle mayo garnished with chives. And let’s not forget the delectable assortment of tea cakes and pastries, among which the beloved warm scones reign supreme, adorned with Cornish Clotted Cream.
In the historical elegance of the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, partaking in afternoon tea transforms into an enchanting experience. Each sip and delectable bite takes you on a sensory journey, transcending the ordinary, etching an indelible mark on the palate and memory alike. It's not merely a meal; it’s a celebration of taste, tradition, and the timeless allure of impeccable hospitality, elevating the simple act of tea into an unforgettable experience.
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Great Scotland Yard Hotel - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Address: 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HN
Phone: 020 7925 4700
Words by Jheanelle Feanny