Located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s is the epitome of timeless elegance, and considered to be one of the best 5-star luxury hotels in the world. The team at Claridge’s is proud to have preserved both the physical and spiritual aspects of its unique heritage whilst adding all the modern luxury flourishes a guest could wish for, all bound together by impeccable service. There are many reasons that we love this property, but these three highlights of the entire Claridge’s experience are worth featuring…
1. CLARIDGE’S: THE COOKBOOK
Claridge’s: The Cookbook is co-authored by Claridge’s executive chef Martyn Nail and food writer Meredith Erickson, and published by Octopus Publishing. This gorgeous book includes a carefully chosen collection of some of the hotel’s best-loved dishes and drinks from the Foyer & Reading Room, Claridge’s Bar and The Fumoir. Savor the prized recipes of their acclaimed chicken pie, the legendary lobster risotto, The Flapper for cocktail hour and even the secret techniques that make their scrambled egg so light and fluffy (if you have experienced these scrambled eggs, you understand!). With chapters covering everything from ‘Elevenses’ and ‘The Art of Carving’ to ‘The Magic of Christmas’, the epicurean spirit of Claridge’s is brought to you with the turn of each page.
2. AFTERNOON TEA AT CLARIDGE’S
If you enjoy the art of Afternoon Tea, Claridge’s is a must-experience, and one to add to your to-do list. Claridge’s has been observing this delightful aspect of the United Kingdom’s culinary heritage for the best part of 150 years. The Executive Chefs have remained faithful to the classic combination of finger sandwiches; scones served warm; and sweet pastries. Their tea connoisseur, Henrietta Lovell, has scoured the world to collect delicious tea from small, little known producers. Set in the splendor of Thierry Despont’s magnificent Foyer, inspired by the 1930s’ heyday of art deco, Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s is truly a magical experience. During the Holidays, be sure to also inquire about their Festive Afternoon Tea (you will thank us later!).
3. INTERACTIVE DINING
For foodies out there, you have to inquire about this opportunity when you are next at Claridge’s. It provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Claridge’s prestigious kitchens with executive chef, Martyn Nail. He shares some of the secrets behind the preparation, cooking and presentation of Claridge’s menus, whilst preparing a number of dishes with the practical help of some members of the class. To make it even better, each dish selected for the dinner will then be served to the class with complementing wines chosen by Claridge’s Sommelier. Designed with gourmets and foodies in mind, this is a truly unique and exclusive experience.