Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday will be one of the highlights of 2016 and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London invite guests and Londoners alike to join in the festivities to celebrate the historic milestone.
Throughout April and May, a Royal Afternoon Tea will be held in TĪNG Lounge on level 35 of the hotel, a celebratory cocktail made with the Queen’s favourite spirits on offer in GŎNG, the hotel’s destination bar and lastly, a collaboration with Paul A. Young, the UK’s leading Chocolatier, on an original range of hand-made ‘Royal’ chocolates to be sold in LÁNG, the hotel’s patisserie on the ground floor.
Paul A. Young Royal Chocolates in LÁNG
Shangri-La Hotel’s acclaimed patisserie, LÁNG, has partnered with the UK’s leading chocolatier Paul A. Young to create an innovative range of entirely hand-made and natural fine chocolates, in celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday and her 63 year reign. The range takes inspiration from standout moments as well as Her Majesty’s favourite ingredients over the past six decades, with highlights including:
1950s Coronation: a chocolate filled with a clotted cream ganache, strawberry jam and coated in scone crumbs to mark The Queen’s annual tea parties within the Palace grounds
1970s Silver Jubilee: a Chocolate Cake and Darjeeling Tea chocolate made with a cake and tea ganache and a chocolate cake crumb coating to commemorate The Queen’s favourite tea and cake
2000s The Golden Jubilee: a gold-foiled, Crown Jewel Caramel decorated with opulent and colourful jewels
90th Birthday: a Gin & Tonic Truffle – a homage to Her Majesty’s favourite aperitif – a Gordon’s Gin, Schweppes Tonic and lemon ganache
Having trained as a chef before moving into the world of chocolate, Paul’s passion for his craft and his cutting edge creativity have won him numerous awards including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the World two years running and led to him being ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers. Paul A. Young now has three chocolateries in London, including a flagship store on Wardour Street in Soho. For more information visit www.paulayoung.co.uk.
Royal Afternoon Tea at TĪNG Lounge: 8th April – 19th May
Afternoon tea is a daily fixture in the Royal Household and is a quintessential ritual for the Queen and her guests. The pastry chef at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London has created a royal-inspired menu of delicate sandwiches and pastries favoured by the Queen herself including classic Smoked Coronation Chicken with apricot and toasted almonds and roasted angus beef with English mustard butter, topped with Winchester watercress. Pastries include a Lemon Meringue and Cream Éclair, a Strawberry Tartlet and an Earl Grey Tea Chocolate Layer cake, as well as a Victoria Crown Cake.
The Royal Afternoon Tea is priced at £54 per person or £62 with a glass of champagne. Bookings can be made in advance by visiting www.ting-shangri-la.com; emailing [email protected] or calling (44 0) 207 234 8108.
Queen’s Way, the Queen’s Birthday Cocktail in GŎNG
The Queen has also been known to enjoy a snifter on occasion and has long been a fan of gin and Dubonnet. Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London invite guests to drink in the iconic London skyline with a modern interpretation of Her Majesty’s favourite drink. GŎNG, the hotel’s trendy destination bar on level 52 of the hotel, has created a bespoke celebratory cocktail of Dubonnet, Beefeater 24, Ratafia and two dashes of liquorice bitter, served on the rocks with grapefruit peel, appropriately called the Queen’s Way.