SW3 3QX Travel Guide
For those moments when you need to socialize and detox, there’s a genteel catch up over a cup of tea… and then there’s Tanya’s Café at MyHotel Chelsea, which opened in August serving raw food and superfood cocktails.
We popped in last week for post-work drinks. First surprise: it was buzzing. And the clientele didn’t seem to be hotel guests either, but locals – particularly slender, clear-skinned, unbelievably young posh locals – think Cara Delevigne-types (Cara lives nearby in Belgravia).
Second surprise: it was expensive. £10.50 for a cocktail is fine, but a plate of chips & dips for £17.50? Nope. Also, surprisingly, there were only snack-style platters available in the evening – the proper meals are daytime only.
Third surprise: lawd, it was good. Here’s what we tried:
”Raw food” and “superfood” aren’t words that generally go well with “alcohol”, so props to MyHotel Chelsea for showing that you don’t have to be goody goody to eat well.
The hotel just opened Tanya’s Café in the conservatory, run by raw food enthusiast Tanya Alekseeva. It’s open from 7am for breakfast on weekdays (8am on weekends), and serves lunch 11.30am-3.30pm, and cocktails – woohoo – from 4pm-11pm Tuesday through Saturday. The kicker? They have vegan wine, too.
According to Tanya’s website, the menu “is designed to reflect your busy schedule and provide loving nourishment at all times of the day.”
The menu looks pretty intriguing, with a slew of juices, smoothies and shooters, along with an extensive lunch menu of everything from pad thai to tacos and a “plant-based burger” on onion bread. There are also plenty of desserts and chocolate. Because raw doesn't mean neglecting the sweet stuff.
It’s absolutely bloody freezing in London right now but there’s no need to fear the cold if you’re staying at myhotel Chelsea – because look what the rooms come equipped with!
Yes, we present to you the fluffiest, softest, most strokeable hot water bottles in the history of bedwarmers.
We had a nosey round the hotel a couple of weeks back, and while there were lots of things that we liked (free fairy cakes at check in, mostly) these were what we fell head over heels in hearts with.
It’s the lead up to a very special day at the moment in London. Not the General Election, sillies, but the la-di-dah Chelsea Flower Show, which unleashes itself on the capital on 25 May.
And while, if we’re being honest, we’re not totally bowled over by the idea of watching posh people sniff dahlias, we are pretty jazzed by the idea of CFS-inspired cocktails. Especially if they’re champagne cocktails, as myhotel Chelsea is currently serving.
There are four cocktails to choose from, with gorgy names like Lavender Bubby Tenderness, Blossom & Spice and Wild Hibiscus Imperial (which comes with a hibiscus flower floating in the drink, which blooms as you’re waiting for it to brew), all based around Perrier Jouet champagne, and they sound, look, and, we bet, taste, divine.