Here at House of Coco we’re champions of women doing it for themselves. Whether that’s building a business of their dreams, living life on their terms or dining solo. Ok, so the latter might be a little less obvious than the others but for some, dining solo is up there with their fear of dying. Luckily for our Bossbabe Gina Buckney, she’s often frequenting the best places to work, eat and sleep solo and recently we sent her to the Four Seasons Hotel at London Park Lane to do just that. She indulged in their latest experiences, here’s how it went….
The Negroni Experience
Stepping into the Amaranto Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, is like the kind of meeting place you only ever see on films – smart and sophisticated, but a little bit mysterious. The whole bar is black and red, with Tudor paintings flanking the back bar (an impressive selection, may we add) and bottles of vintages behind thick shiny glass, furnishing the walls.
The Bar Manager and expert Mixologist Ivan Arena is presenting the Amaranto Bar’s latest offering – a personalised guest drinks experience. A vintage suitcase transforms into a Negroni Trolley, offering six different house-blended vermouths and cocktails, inspired by Ivan’s world travels. Perfectly showcasing his love of classic drinks mixed with fresh twists on iconic cocktails, each negroni cocktail is created with artistry, driven by taste and personalised for each guest. A must-try? The Smoke Signal, an innovative rift on a classic Negroni.
Is there anything quite as quintessentially British as having afternoon tea? No. Is there anywhere more quintessentially British to take your afternoon tea than in the heart of Mayfair? Also no.
And is there anywhere better to take afternoon tea than the Four Seasons? You guessed it, no.
The Amaranto Lounge’s plush surroundings in the iconic Park Lane setting provide the perfect backdrop to your afternoon, with grand decor and floor-to-ceiling windows.
But let’s talk food. Delicate finger sandwiches (no crusts, of course) with fillings like Cornish crab with granny smith apple, brown crab mayonnaise and a brioche bun; or corn-fed chicken, tarragon and watercress. Fresh baked scones are served piled high with strawberry and basil jam with Devonshire clotted cream (which one first? Let’s not start that one).
The pastries are a true piéce de resistance – they even have a strawberry and champagne caviar tartlet – can you get more elegant than that? Served with pineapple, coconut, and lemongrass delice; along with classic cakes like strawberry and lemon Battenberg, all washed down with a glass of Champagne. Or of course you could go for the namesake, tea. They have choices of tea from JING – who source only the most exceptional teas from Asia for the most sophisticated and discerning guests across the world. The savoury and sweet dishes are lovingly created by newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef, Yam Lok Hin and if you want to get excited about what else is on offer, you can find the new menu here.
The seasonal afternoon tea can be enjoyed daily from £58 per person and quite frankly, it’s worth every penny.
If brunch is more your thing, then the new Sunday Brunch, which is now running every Sunday from 12pm-3pm, should be right at the top of your to do list. Taking place in the Amaranto Restaurant, you’ll be spoiled with new signature brunch dishes, vintage champagne and a new espresso negroni cocktail available exclusively at brunch. If that’s not enough, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is currently partnering with chef Carlo Scotto on a one-month residency (until 30th April) to showcase his experimental seven-course tasting menus alongside classic wine pairing, available Tuesdays – Saturdays only. Elastic pants at the ready!