Classic yet not outdated, elaborate yet not uptight and beautiful, just simply beautiful – the recently refurbished Park Room at Grosvenor House leaves little to be desired. The new space has been so tastefully decorated with soft grey undertones and striking green statement pieces complemented by elegant panelling. My hat truly is off to the interior designer. It certainly makes a change to the previous look which somewhat resembled a bulky mish-mash of furniture and colours you’d only find in your great aunt’s country house. Anyway, let us leave the past in the past!
On walking into the room, one is filled with a certain airy freshness that instantly lightens the mood and puts a smile on your face. This, coupled with the spotless new layout and sparkly lighting accents, really do transport you into a fairy tale setting in the centre of Park Lane. And even still, I don’t feel like I’m doing it justice. Clearly you will just have experience it yourself to appreciate it fully but I hope I’ve at the very least, whetted your appetite.
The room is just so pretty and quaint, I almost think the setting makes it harder to hear the raging traffic just a few metres away. That, and the fact that there is an extremely talented pianist playing the most wonderful pieces during your dining experience. Imagine listening to a faultless rendition of Ludovico Einaudi whilst sipping on a crisp glass of champagne and nibbling on a delectable cucumber sandwich – heaven. Grosvenor House really have given birth to the perfect setting for afternoon tea in the heart of London.
We were first presented with a tiny rose coloured drink topped with white chocolate and popping candy which lead to smiles all round to begin our afternoon tea. Subsequently, and following traditional procedure, we chose our tea from the very exhaustive list. The variety is unparalleled – a tea lovers paradise.
Very shortly after, our champagne, tea and tier of sandwiches and pastries arrived, also accompanied with a choice of additional open-faced sandwiches. Not to mention, a fresh selection of warm scones baked to perfection and six different jams to follow! And if all of the above hadn’t quite satiated you (highly unlikely), the servers are more than happy to replenish the tier should supplies seem to be running low. Fantastic! Favourites included the chicken and tarragon sandwich, chocolate and honey log and of course, the scones, which, may I add, might have been the best I have ever had!
Our time spent at the Park Room was outstanding. The service they offer is truly impeccable and I will most certainly be trying to find an excuse to re-visit in the near future. It looks like our old Park Lane friend decided to catch up with it’s fellow comrades and might even be leading the way, meaning, Grosvenor house is most certainly back on the menu!