High Tea Or G&T? Why Not Both at the Le Meridien Piccadilly
August 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Taking high tea at a London hotel is one of the city’s classic experiences, and one that leaves you with plenty of options to choose from.
Just in case you were torn between high tea and doing drinks, Le Méridien Piccadilly has you covered by introducing a new twist on the concept: Gin & Tonic Afternoon Tea.
Served at the Terrace Bar & Grill, and at £32 ($50) a person, there are six fruit- or herb-infused gins to choose from, including Hendrick's with cucumber, Gin Mare with sweet basil stirred with rosemary, and Beefeater 24 with Japanese green tea. Your drink will be accompanied by a selection of finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, as well as a range of pastries. Should you want to skip the tea and head straight for drinks, or be inspired by the afternoon tea to keep on drinking, one of the largest selections of Gin in London is available at the bar.
Le Méridien Piccadilly is, as the name suggests, within spitting distance of Piccadilly Circus. It's about as far west from Piccadilly Circus as its Starwood-sibling the W Leicester Square is east. The restaurant is a few stories up from the street, with a curved glass roof offering a view of St James's. The menu focuses on locally-sourced meat and fish and has been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence.
If all the gin and the food have you looking for a place to crash that is just an elevator ride away, there are four different room types, ranging from Classic Rooms to Executive Suites, decorated in neutral whites and grey with splashes of red. Rates for a Classic Room start from £219 ($344). For a refreshing dip, Le Méridien offers one of the largest indoor hotel pools in London at 50x35 feet.
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