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Canary Wharf Hotel’s New Tea Room and Lounge Showcases London’s Two Favourite Sips

October 14, 2014 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

It is said that you can’t please everyone, but the London Marriott Hotel West India Quay may have just accomplished the impossible.

The hotel recently introduced its new G&Tea destination, a space that is part tea room, part bar and part lounge. And in doing so, the stylish property has discovered an enticing common ground for travellers, locals and, that’s right, everyone in between.

In the evening the lights and music shift within G&Tea to reflect its transition to a lounge that easily competes with the best bars in London. But if anyone needs encouragement to enjoy a tipple, the menu’s playful trivia reminds guests that gin was England’s favourite drink until tea stole the spotlight. So it is only natural that G&Tea’s 90 different gins take center stage in the evening.

Elegantly designed to transition from day to evening, G&Tea begins service at 2 p.m. with the quintessentially English experience of afternoon tea. Unlike tea served at many other Dockland hotels in London, however, G&Tea features an exciting selection of Simpsons Tea with options like Fiery Redhead, An English Rose and Hitchcock Blonde.

Complementing the teas is the traditional menu of sandwiches and scones. Guests may also order coffee, espresso drinks, soft drinks, juices and even a gin-and-tonic or a glass of champagne.

Seasonal variations on afternoon tea keep things exciting, as do special offerings like the Mama Tea. Perfect for baby showers and new mums, the Mama Tea offers selections based on personality as much as flavour. Morning Mamas, for instance, might like the ginger-and-lemon herbal tea, while Cool Mamas go for the spearmint-and-chamomile herbal tea.

London Marriott Hotel West India Quay recently introduced its new G&Tea destination, a space that is part tea room, part bar and part lounge. And in doing so, the stylish property has discovered an enticing common ground for travellers, locals and, that’s right, everyone in between.

As the day melts into evening, the lights and music shift within G&Tea to reflect its transition to a lounge that easily competes with the best bars in London. But if anyone needs encouragement to enjoy a tipple, the menu’s playful trivia reminds guests that gin was England’s favourite drink until tea stole the spotlight. So it is only natural that G&Tea’s 90 (and counting) different gins take center stage in the evening.

In addition to an impressive roundup of English, Scottish and European gins, guests of thisCanary Wharf accommodation can choose from some inventive cocktails, including tea-infused options like the Mo-TEA-to and the Cosmogin. And for those wise enough to drop in on Thursdays at 6 p.m., they can sip 2-4-1 cocktails to the beats of a live DJ.

G&Tea’s fun isn’t limited to the indoors, however. The Bar Terrace welcomes informal meetings, evening socialising and even those who want to catch up on work (courtesy of the numerous electrical outlets) with a full menu of authentic British fare. A locally inspired selection of bites is organised according to appetite. So “If You Are Hungry,” you might order a steak toastie. Others might opt for pork-belly bites to share or lime pie to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Those, meanwhile, who want to channel their inner Churchill can take a gander at the cigar menu to find the perfect complement to an evening cocktail. There’s something at G&Tea, in other words, that everyone can toast.

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