Love it or loathe it, this year marks the 150th birthday of the London Underground. Whilst most of us here at Aesthetic HQ are unanimous in our hatred of the Tube at rush hour, we’re all agreed that it’s by far the easiest (and quickest) way to get from A to B – something that is especially impressive, considering that London’s Underground network was the first operational metropolitan subway system in the world, when it opened in 1863. And, in this very special birthday year, what better way than to celebrate with some tea and cake?


To mark the Tube’s 150th anniversary, The Palm Court at the Park Lane Hotel in Picadilly is serving a very special London Underground themed afternoon tea. Featuring a selection of sandwiches including a Royal Oak-Smoked Salmon, Capers & Sour Cream bagel and a Honey Roast Ham (for Paddington Bear!) Toasted Muffin served with Piccadilly Relish and Micro Cress, this is definitely ocassion eating with a twist. Amongst the cakes and pastries you’ll find a White Chocolate Oreo Swiss Roll Cottage and a mouthwatering Hazelnut Pound Cake, especially created to symbolise Bank station. Once you’ve navigated your way around the culinary delights of the Underground via a selection of sweet treats, you’re welcomed to a Metropolitan 1863 cocktail, a blend of Beefeater 24 gin and blackcurrant tea- so definitely advisable to take the Tube home after you’ve sampled the menu!

Needless to say, we’re already planning to incorporate a trip to The Palm Court into our next team meeting!

London Underground Afternoon Tea is served at The Park Lane Hotel, The Palm Court Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX, priced at £41 per person. Advance booking on +44 (0)20 7290 7328 is required.

Sarah Farrell is a fashion and lifestyle blogger at My Sentimental Heart. A regular contributor to Aesthetic Magazine, Sarah’s main interests lie in baking and style. Sarah is also the Features Editor of Aesthetic Online. She Tweets @sarah_sentiment.


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