48 Hours in London - Tradition with a Twist
St. James's Hotel and Club
Indulging in afternoon tea in London is as traditional as it comes for visitors and locals alike. Instead of settling on just any run-of-the-mill afternoon tea, why not have one prepared by a Michelin-stared chef? That’s exactly what you’ll get at William’s Bar and Bistro in St. James’s Hotel and Club. In this sophisticated, yet relaxed, environment, patrons nosh on goodies created by executive chef, William Drabble.
Choose from a variety of Jing Teas such as Earl Grey, lychee red black, and organic bohea lapsang, as well as Drury coffees. For the ultimate addition, add a glass of rose or brut Champagne. Made with seasonal ingredients, three tiers of beautiful bites are delivered to the table and include ham, salmon and egg mayonnaise sandwiches.
Battenberg, chocolate, almond and apple cakes, raspberry financiers, and hazelnut tarts are as beautiful as they are tasty. And an afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without a basket of homemade scones served with homemade strawberry preserve and clotted cream. What’s more, chef Drabble offers a gluten-free afternoon tea option if you’re so inclined.
Afternoon tea at St. James’s is an indulgent way to take a mid-day break from exploring London, and a glass of Champagne makes it down-right decadent.
EXPERIENCE: Royal Observatory Greenwich
There’s no doubt that London is filled with fabulous museums, including the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert, and the British. But how about visiting the home of Greenwich Mean Time, the Prime Meridian of the World? You can do just that at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. This museum is also London’s only planetarium and is home to the UK’s largest refracting telescope.
There’s a reason why there are so many iconic hotels, restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping districts throughout London. It’s because they’re great. But by only looking at the most popular, you miss out on a lot of great finds. The next time you’re in London, or any other great tourist city, try to do something off the beaten path. You never know what you might discover.
I was an invited guest of the Four Seasons Canary Wharf, Gaucho, and the St. James’s Hotel and Club. In no way was I swayed by perfect pastries, succulent steaks, or presidential pampering. As always, opinions are my own.
This post originally appeard on Leah Travels.