Picnic inspired Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Park Lane

Jul 12, 15 Picnic inspired Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Park Lane

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Warm scones served with a dollop of clotted cream and strawberry jam on top has to be my favourite part of a traditional English Afternoon Tea. Usually I’ll have two but at the Four Seasons recently, I was able to indulge in quiet a few as they serve mini scones for their afternoon tea. The mini scones were part of the new picnic-inspired tea for two on the terrace of the Amaranto restaurant in the Four Seasons Park Lane. Tea comes to the table in a wicker basket and comes complete with china, silverware and  vintage tins containing a range of sandwiches, cakes and scones designed with a British twist, evoking the warmest of British summer picnic feelings. To complete the classic affair, Head Pastry Chef Loic Carbonnet has created a tin of delightful treats with a classic British summer twist: Pimm’s mousse; rhubarb and custard ice cream lolly; pistachio and strawberry tartlet; chocolate and raspberry macaron; and a trifle made with seasonal fruit. The cream desserts were extremely light and fluffy, my favourite was the Pimms’s mousse, incredibly light and I’m sure there’s no way there could have been any calories in it at all! 😉 I loved everything and as well as the classic English Afternoon Tea we also sampled the Italian Tea, which had Italian inspired sandwiches and Italian pastries, including my favourite cannoli and these incredible doughnut pastries from Naples. Of course it wouldn’t be tea with, well Tea, and the Four Seasons will either match the tea to the savoury and sweet courses or let you choose your own. I chose the Silver Needle Chinese Tea, a delicate tea but still full of flavour. If you so desire, you can also add a glass of Bollinger NV or Bollinger Rose to your afternoon tea service. Champagne is extra but I always like to start off the afternoon with a glass of bubbles. Service as always was top knotch, anticipatory but not invasive or obsequious, they really make you feel more...

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Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

Mar 31, 14 Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

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Now that Spring has sprung, that means that the RHS Chelsea Flower show is just around the corner. The show was first held in 1913 on the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital and except for gaps during both World Wars, it has been held there ever since. It used to be the biggest flower show until it was overtaken by the Hampton Court show. It is still, however the most prestigious with members of the Royal Family attending Opening Day every year. Laurent Perrier is taking part for the 16th year in the Chelsea Flower Show. I was invited to preview the Laurent Perrier Garden at the flower show as well as the launch of The Dorchesters Afternoon Tea series with Laurent Perrier in The Dorchester’s Penthouse and Pavilion. The Penthouse has fabulous views of the city with the London Eye and other London landmarks clearly visible for miles on a clear day. The Dorchester will be running a Rooftop Afternoon Tea Series with guest speakers during Chelsea Flower Show week from 19 – 25 May 2014. Please visitwww.dorchestercollection.com for further details on speakers. The tea will be served at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. The tea will include a glass of Grand Siècle champagne and an exclusive gift on departure representing a flower from the Chelsea Flower Show garden. Priced at £75 per person. The 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 20-24 May. The Penthouse and Pavilion are sumptuously decorated and the finger sandwiches and pastries, developed by The Dorchester’s pastry team were delightful. I have to say though, the scones were my favourite. I love clotted cream and strawberry jam. The big debate around the table being, of course, which goes first, the cream or the jam? I’m firmly in the clotted cream first camp but there was plenty of disagreement! All in all a wonderful Afternoon Tea with amazing views and that wonderful Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle to go along with it. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh – My Birthday Treat

Mar 24, 14 Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh – My Birthday Treat

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As we touched down in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, I was full of anticipation for the next few days and my stay at the Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh and not only because it was my birthday that week 😉 I’ve stayed at a few other Four Seasons resorts around the world but I’d never been to the Red Sea and couldn’t wait to get out into the sun and onto the beach. I had been looking for a warm and sunny place to spend my birthday and when Four Seasons suggested I stay with them, I jumped at the chance. I love the Four Seasons resorts. Although they are a luxury hotel chain, all of them have a distinct charm and each one has it’s own boutique experience. The entire experience begins at the airport where we were greeted by our driver and car and whisked to the resort. The car had wifi which meant we didn’t waste anytime waiting to tweet about our holiday The Sharm el Sheikh property is set on a hill which slopes down to the Red Sea. There are 4 pools at the resort along with with a long stretch of sandy beach and a jetty that juts out over the reef to where it is safe to swim without getting yourself cut by the coral. The Waha Pool Bar and Restaurant is situated beside the main pool and serves European style cuisine. The first night we arrived, it was the bi-weekly Fish Market night at Waha. The resort offers different themed cuisine nights at each of it’s restaurants. The restaurants take it in turns to host the themed evenings. The Fish Market had an array of fresh fish and shellfish to choose from and it was then grilled or prepared to our specifications. As well as the themed cuisines in the restaurants, the hotel also features Bedouin Night where we dine under the stars on a beachfront sandy outlook by the sea. The food was terrific. I...

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Seattle and San Digeo over the holidays

In a previous post, I told you all about the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card and all the wonderful things that you can use your Starpoints for – such as hotel stays, flights, experiences, merchandise,etc. Well, AmEx and Starwood decided to really show me what you can do with Starpoints and that’s how I ended up with 100,000 Starpoints to use on a destination of my choosing. My sister recently moved to Seattle and when I plugged in “Seattle” in the Starwood website, one of the hotels available was the W. There is a cool W here in Leicester Sq., which I’ve been to, so I knew I’d be in for a treat. I knew I wanted to visit Seattle but I thought if I’m going all the way to the West Coast, might as well make it worth my while. I went to university in San Diego and of course, there is a W in downtown San Diego. A quick search on the Starwood website and I was booked in for both hotels. 5 days in Seattle and 7 in San Diego – all courtesy of my Starpoints. I’d never been to Seattle so I really wasn’t sure what to expect other than rain and coffee but Seattle is a great city. Even though I arrived at Christmas time, there was still plenty to do in the city. The first thing we did was check into the W – located a few blocks from Pike’s Market and the main shopping district, it was in a great location. Walking in, I was wowed by the high ceilings and vast lounge, the ‘Living Room’ that all W’s have. This one had a fireplace that was centre stage in the Living Room and made for a cosy welcome whenever we returned to the hotel. Our room was on the 22nd floor and we had a great view of the cityscape as well as the sea at the end of the road. As I was...

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Four Seasons Koh Samui, a luxury tropical hideaway

What better time to talk about beach vacations then now,when we’re battling the snow and ice of a January in London. Last month I went off to Thailand to escape the snow but looks like I came back a bit too early. I do, however, have some great memories from my trip, one of the highlights being a stay at The Four Seasons Koh Samui. Although the island may be known as a party place, the Four Seasons there is tucked away on a private hillside which is only accessible by  a long and winding path up a hill. Once you reach the top of the hill and after a quick check in, a golf cart is summoned to take you to your very own villa. While you’re a guest of the Four Seasons all transport around the hills is by deluxe golf carts. You just call reception and they send a golf cart to chauffeur you to the beach, the restaurant or the spa. The Four Seasons Koh Samui only has private villas which are scattered on the hillside, each with their own private infinity pool and views of the Gulf.  The back of the villa doesn’t have proper walls, only glass walls and sliding glass doors. There are also private residence rentals which are great for families. The villas are big, a good portion taken up by a veranda with a double lounging bed, dining table and of course, a deck which is part of the infinity pool. The cool sound of running water, courtesy of the pool fountain made for a very relaxing stay. The bedroom was huge with big comfy beds and mosquito nets. Those buggers were buzzing about but the mozzie nets worked really well. As did the air conditioning, although at night it cooled down with balmy breezes blowing across the veranda. While we were there, we were treated to a spa treatment in the hotel spa. It’s set in a coconut grove with 5 salas which are covered...

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Malmaison’s Olympic cocktails

Jul 27, 12 Malmaison’s Olympic cocktails

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Just  a quick post today seeing as it’s the beginning of the Olympics. If you find yourself in Clerkenwell and fancy an Olympic themed cocktail, head over to Malmaison Hotel. They’ve come up with a string of cocktails for their guests. Going for the gold? Try the Gold Martini, vodka based with elderflower cordial, it’s finished off with a garnish of edible gold powder.  Second prize goes to the Silver Martini, a very fresh gin based cocktail, it reminded me of alcoholic lemonade and was waaaay to easy to drink. Although it’s called the Bronze Martini, it was my favourite, a whiskey based cocktail, it was very similar to my favourite –  a Manhattan, and was garnished with edible bronze powder. There were also a few other cocktails on the list, including the Olympic Flame, a long,tall and quite fruity drink, the very pretty Team GB Martini and, the most enticing to me, although I didn’t order them, the 5 Olympic shots – pretty much pure liquor shots. If you’re curious, here’s what they’re made of… Blue: 15ml Blue curacao, 20ml Absolut vanilla Black: 35ml Patron XO Cafe Red: 15ml Grenadine, 20ml Absolut Citron Yellow: 15ml Galliano, 20ml Absolut Mandrin Green: 15ml Midori, 20ml Absolut Apeach Malmaison will be running these cocktails throughout the Games so pop in if you’re around Clerkenwell. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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