After the tea, I reflect back on the experience and recall the conversation and ambience perhaps more than the food.
I think that’s exactly why St James Hotel and Club works so well though – and has done for generations.
It’s mid-summer and I’m meeting one of my favourite gender-issues, culture and lifestyle writers, Rachel Hills, for afternoon tea. In anticipation of intimate and candid conversation, I select the discreet five-star, heritage-rich St James Hotel and Club for our catch up.
Tucked away in Park Place near Piccadilly, the Club offers a nice break from the mad bustle of London and is just a short walk from Green Park tube station. Priced reasonably for this location, traditional afternoon tea sets us back £19 each and includes a selection of sandwiches, homemade scones (colossal in size) served with clotted cream and strawberry jam as well as a selection of pastries.
We take a seat in William’s Bar & Bistro, a glam yellow and back decorated room filled with a fine collection of artwork. Chef William Drabble runs the show here and you can see from the photos some of the taste bud highlights of our visit. An assortment of Jing Teas are available and I go with my usual, peppermint. Our host Benedetta is very attentive and gives us a tour of the lovely private rooms at the rear of the building – perfect for special occasions or groups. Bookings are essential and can be done online or over the phone.
St James Afternoon Tea Menu:
- Selection of sandwiches
- Homemade scones served with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam
- Selection of pastries
After the tea, I reflect back on the experience and recall the conversation and ambience perhaps more than the food. I think that’s exactly why St James Hotel and Club works so well though – and has done for generations (Sir Winston Churchill was a regular), it’s such a top notch place to enjoy engaging conversation or chillout after some solo shopping.