‘Seas the day’ – Glass Room’s new dining experience will have you sailing down the River Thames with a wave of excitement, says Emma Blunt
As its name suggests, the all-glass structure of the Glass Room vessel provides guests with uninterrupted panoramic views of London’s top landmarks, from the London Eye to the Tower of London and Houses of Parliament.
Its luxurious interior, designed by famed Tom Dixon has a very appropriate nautical theme laced with a chic and contemporary feel. Think shades of blue, red and white; dark polished wood, leafy plants and bespoke oak cladding.
The open plan layout, combined with the sleek modern furnishings bestow a bright and elegant ambiance for a very unique dining experience.
Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a royal blue bar serving cocktails prepared by experienced mixologists. Tables are adorned with crisp white tablecloths and mushroom style lamps, whilst a grand piano takes centre stage in the floating restaurant.
Live musical entertainment creates a warm ambiance throughout the evening, making Glass Room perfect for a date night, anniversary or any special occasion.
Setting sail at 7.30pm from Embankment, guests enjoy 2hr 45 minutes on the water where they can also appreciate a more intimate view of the Thames with the small balcony at the front of the boat.
Combine this with the impeccable service of the friendly wait staff and a beautiful 5-course menu, and your dining experience will be plain sailing!
The Glass Room offers a variety of packages for its dinner cruise that will float everyone’s boat! We experienced the premium dinner package – a 5-course tasting menu, accompanied by a sparking drink on arrival and a bottle of wine for our table of two.
The menu champions British produce, with ingredients being locally-sourced, chosen based on the season and all courses freshly prepared on board.
To accompany our welcome bubbles was an amuse-bouche – an exceptionally fresh pea and mint velouté with coconut yoghurt and a buttery Cheshire cheese sable. Oh buoy, it was vibrant both in colour and flavour and the perfect palette cleanser.
The starter was a beautifully presented caramelised onion and goat’s curd tart with red pepper essence.
This flavourful combination is a wonderful classic dish and the flavours were balanced perfectly – thin and crisp pastry, rich onions cooked down with balsamic vinegar to enhance their sweetness and a creamy goat’s curd topped with roasted cherry tomatoes meant e very mouthful was a taste sensation.
A main course of free-range ballotine of chicken with an intensely sweet sun-dried tomato centre sat on top a pearl barley risotto with asparagus, broad beans and jus gras.
Using pearl barley for the base of the risotto ensured the dish remained wonderfully light and flavoursome – perfect for springtime.
Dessert was another nod to the changing of seasons, with Bateaux’s take on the classic Eton mess. This version included fresh strawberries, basil and elderflower infused white chocolate.
The subtle pepperiness of the basil cut through the sweetness of the fresh strawberries and white chocolate, all topped off with the crunch of meringue which was delicious.
The Glass Room chefs really knew what they were doing, providing just the right amount of food to satisfy our stomachs whilst leaving enough room to enjoy the following course.
A cheese board finished the meal, accompanied by crunchy crackers, filled with dried fruit to add a welcome sweetness to compliment the chutney and cheese. All washed down with an after dinner coffee before the experience came to a close and the boat docked back at Embankment Pier.
The Wordrobe Verdict
Throw caution to the wind with Glass Room’s unique food experience. The complete on-board package is complimented by luxurious design, flawless service, high-quality food and not forgetting the stunning views – which captures the excitement of the city from a truly special perspective.
For anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion with an air of elegance and a touch of tranquillity, jump aboard the Glass Room and ‘seas the day’ with this memorable dining experience.
Make it happen
Where: Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6NU
How: Please phone 020 7695 1800; email email@example.com or visit – bateauxlondon.com/glass-room.
Words by Emma Blunt, intern