The premier designer boutique hotel with a fine private garden
Imagine a stylish and sophisticated hotel with 50 individually designed rooms, suites and apartments that feel more like an exclusive boutique residence. The Hempel offers an intimate and elegant hideaway in the fashionable heart of West London. One of the very few hotels in London with its own private garden, guests are invited to enjoy the peaceful surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Unwind in H-Bar, one of London’s best kept secrets amongst savvy clientele, serving exotic cocktails and exquisite seasonal snacks. Alternatively hire No. 17, your very own event and conference venue with private entrance and terrace, ideal for mixing business with pleasure. The novelty factor? If you happen to live in London, you can enjoy a quick fix of indulgence in your home city by visiting this hotel for a “nano break”. The “one night stand” is the new “long weekend” in times of a credit crunch.
No. 35 Restaurant
In the chic location of Notting Hill, enjoy a meal that is as artful as the location. Head Chef Mike Carter creates masterpieces both visually and palatably. Using specifically sourced independent suppliers, the menu is a blend of British and European, related to the seasons. Dishes reflect the latest trend of Nouvelle cuisine, light and delicate with an emphasis on presentation. And if you like to start a meal with an aperitif or end with a nightcap ask for Joel behind the No.31 lounge bar who can mix up just about anything you desire and does a fantastic Appletini.
Luxos Recommends: Loin of Jurassic Coast lamb with baby artichokes, aubergine caviar, crisp polenta and for dessert, Carpaccio of pineapple with passion fruit & lemongrass syrup, coconut ice cream
No.31 Lounge Bar
Stylishly paying tribute to the appeal of Zen minimalism, increasingly popular nowadays, No.31 Lounge Bar has become a chic yet unique venue for Londonites as well as tourists. Perfect for a morning coffee with friends, a business lunch or light evening meal on a romantic night out, this lounge bar is ideal, with relaxed minimalist décor offset with candlelight and a fireplace. Alternatively, start your night out in London’s trendy Paddington district with No.31’s tantalising signature cocktails crafted by their head barman.
Afternoon tea at The Hempel, London
English afternoon tea is a fascinating ritual in itself, and even more so when it is combined with Zen concepts to enhance the experience. The Hempel London has dedicated meticulous attention to detail, from guests escorted to their table, to the delectable culinary preparations that accompany the quintessentially British beverage.
The “Zen Garden Tea” adds three elements to Afternoon Tea to make it a unique experience. “Zen” takes the form of subtle influences from the Far East, in the mood and style of food. “Garden” is represented by the use of herbal and floral elements in the pastries and garnishes. “Tea” is not just the beverage, but it is also included in the savoury and sweet elements of the dishes.
The leaf tea selection also includes all these elements. The service reveals a new level of attention to detail
and adds a 5-star feel. Guests arrive and are escorted to a table. The menu is presented and the order is taken. A cold or hot towel is provided to recreate the relaxation typical of Zen principles. The fragrance of the towel takes the guests on a metaphorical journey to the Far East (lavender, jasmine, lemongrass…). The hot/cold towel is cleared, and freshly brewed tea and hot water is served.
A selection of hot and cold savoury treats is served on a individual plate: Ginger pork goyza with a chive and soy dip; Shredded duck wrap, cucumber and pomegranate hoi sin; Lapsang souchong marinated salmon lime crème fresh; and Green papaya salad, lotus root on a betal leaf.
After the plate is cleared, a new plate is placed in front of the guest, and The Hempel patisserie stand is presented, inviting indulgence on specialities that include – on the top tier – Lychee and rose mousse served in a cone, and Coconut and mango panna cotta served in a glass. The plate is decorated with edible flowers that recreates a garden. On the middle tier, there are home-made plain and sultana scones served in a folded napkin, while the bottom tier has a selection of pastries and cakes including Green tea and sesame cake, white chocolate and jasmine tea macaroon, and Dark chocolate, earl grey and kumquat tart.
Last but not least, strawberry and hibiscus jam and clotted cream are served separately from the stand.