Ideal for a bellyful of pre-Christmas indulgence, Kellie Erm visits the slinky surrounds of 10 Degrees Sky Bar to try Galvin at Windows’ new afternoon tea
One of Mayfair’s most award-winning restaurants, Galvin at Windows has recently launched an all new Afternoon Tea experience in their luxury 10 Degrees Sky Bar. On a Saturday afternoon I find myself seated in the luxury 10 Degrees Sky Bar at the Park Lane hotel, overlooking some of the Capital’s most iconic landmarks.
I was there to enjoy what one can only describe as a very quintessentially British afternoon – with a delicious afternoon tea in store, complete with the view of a rainy London.
Set on the 28th floor of the Iconic London Hilton on Park Lane, one gets a breath taking 360º view of the capital. It’s these sweeping views that has made Galvin at Windows a London staple, and the perfect place to treat your date.
It feels very welcoming, as it has a less flashy feel than the rest of the Mayfair sky bars. Instead, there’s certainly an old-school, understated elegance, with a few quirky accent pieces spread around the bar, such as little copper Kiwi birds.
Guests can choose between three ultimate Afternoon tea menus, all lead by head chef Marc Hardiman: The Classic at £49 per person, The Gin at £59 per person, and for a wonderfully decadent experience – The Champagne, at £63 per person.
We opted for the Champagne, as it was Saturday after all, enjoying a crisp glass of champagne while taking in the view of the city and building up the appetite for the feast to come. But of course, we were not there for the Champagne, we were there for the tea, and with the weather outside, a warming cuppa was just what we needed.
We ordered a pot of the Earl Grey, which is a combination blend from both China and India, which was the perfect complement to the treats.
The quintessential British afternoon tea comes with your classic sandwiches with delicate modern twists including roast ham, tomato, and pommery mustard on white bread; pickled cucumber and cream cheese on granary bread; and Burford brown egg mayonnaise, gherkins, and mustard cress in a soft brioche bun.
You are then presented with the piece de resistance – a large bird cage hanging from a tree branch is placed in front of you, overflowing with treats. Two warm scones each, plain and with raisins are served first, with silky clotted cream and an absolutely moreish apple and cinnamon compote that I ended up eating directly by the spoonful.
Moving up the birdcage, you’ll find beautiful patisseries, such as vibrant green apple mousse, backed apple and cinnamon, all in the very convincing shape of an apple, as well as a very rich Valrhona chocolate gateaux to finish.
Afternoon teas are traditionally a little meal to see you through from lunchtime to dinner time, but with the number of treats that the Galvin Afternoon Tea serves, you’ll be set until breakfast the next day, sadly without the views of course.
I was unable to finish it all, so if you are anything like me, you are in luck as they will happily pack you a little bag to take home and enjoy from the comfort of your own living room.
Make it happen
Where: 22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE
How: To find out more and make a booking, please visit galvinrestaurants.com/galvin-afternoon-tea/.
Cost: Prices from £49 per person.