With 14 years at the (literal) top of London’s food scene, Galvin at Windows is now taking afternoon tea to new dizzying heights. Our girl Hannah Tan-Gillies got a sneak peek at the refurbished 10 Degrees Sky bar on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane to sample Galvin at Window’s revamped afternoon tea offering.
Don’t expect a run of the mill afternoon tea at Galvin at Windows, because their afternoon tea experience, curated by Head Chef Marc Hardiman, offers up taste, bubbles, style and ambiance in true elevated style, befitting its equally elevated location.
Galvin at Windows’ afternoon tea was crafted in collaboration with one of the world’s finest artesian tea companies, Canon Tea; and set amongst the lush tropical interiors of the relaunched 10 Degrees Sky Bar. The refurbed bar is art deco meets bold tropical flair, but the pièce de resistance has to be the unbeatable views of the London skyline.
Guests can choose from three indulgent Afternoon Tea menus: The Classic, The Gin, and The Champagne, with plenty of delectable vegan alternatives to choose from.
We (of course) sampled the wonderfully decadent Champagne option and started our experience with a perfectly chilled glass of bubbles. We began with a quartet of sandwiches which included roast ham, tomato & Pommery mustard, tapenade and basil on beetroot bread and of course the quintessential coronation chicken.
We also highly recommend trying out the seasonal brews from Canton Tea. The Vietnamese Black tea in particular, was an excellent cinnamon-blended infusion perfect for colder winter weather. In true Galvin at Windows style, the pastries arrives in a golden bird cage serving up three tiers of confectionery perfection.
We indulged in the chocolate gateaux opera, green apple mousse, baked apple vanilla panna cotta, and the refreshingly crunchy forest berry teacup. Don’t forget to dig into in the freshly baked scones too, and slather on a hefty amount of the cashew nut & vanilla cream and apple & cinnamon compote.
And if the afternoon tea wasn’t enough to take your breath away, then the panoramic views of London, particularly during the golden moment when the sun is 10 degrees off the horizon, certainly will.