There are many excuses to indulge in a delicious aromatic gin. Sun’s out? Have a gin. Good day? Have a gin. Bad day? Gin.
World Gin Day, however, has got to be the best reason of all to enjoy a cheeky tipple. Join in with the global celebration of all things juniper at Corus Hotel Hyde Park on Saturday 9th June 2018, where we’ll be serving a festival for your taste buds with our NEW Gin Lovers’ Afternoon Tea accompanied with live jazz music!
Ginspired (ahem) by the fabulous diversity of the classic G&T and all the summery feelings it evokes, our Head Chef at Corus Hotel Hyde Park got his gin on and crafted the ultimate Gin Lovers’ Afternoon Tea. With surprising citrus twists, light refreshing flavours, a subtle nod to aromatic herbs and lip-smacking sweet treats, this is an absolute must-try for anyone who considers themselves a gin fan.
Take a seat in our conservatory restaurant opposite leafy Hyde Park and watch the world go by as you sample Hendrick’s Gin & mint-cured salmon on caper berry bagels, peppery pastrami with horseradish and wild rocket, lime & cucumber mousse macarons (trust us, these are amazing) and mini key lime pie with a hint of Gordon’s. . .
It wouldn’t be afternoon tea without freshly baked scones, of course, and our buttery triple-citrus treats are a heavenly lemony alternative to the traditional scone. Perfect with a refreshing cup of tea or our sublime Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Cocktail (we've shared the recipe below!).
New trends are something to get excited about and add a pop of wow to your wedding. Make your “I do” one to remember with floral displays that capture the imagination, vibrant colours to add a bold splash, and creative place-cards that get everyone talking…
At Burnham Beeches Hotel, we love a wedding, and no-one more so than Sarah, our fantastic wedding co-ordinator. After nearly a year and a half of making couples’ dreams a reality at Burnham Beeches, she’s in the know when it comes to the art of the happily-ever-after.
With peak wedding season about to kick off, she’s been taking a look at what’s hot for this year and is sharing her best trend tips for the most stylish wedding of 2018 (after Harry and Meghan’s, of course).
1. Go Ultra-Violet
OK, maybe not ultra-violet everything, but this amazing colour can be incorporated into your wedding theme if you want to have Pantone’s Colour of the Year make an appearance at your big day. Last year it was all about shades of green, which made for some beautifully fresh looks, but in 2018 we’re loving pops of purple. Think shining agate place cards that add a natural vibe to your tables, bouquets of iris and orchids, and purple embellishments on your wedding cake.
2. Food for Thought
The 2018 wedding is centred around being bold and doing what you love, and that includes the food you serve at your wedding breakfast. This year is all about going a little bit out-there. Experiment with exotic cuisine, surprise your guests with tacos, sushi or a banquet of curry. In the evening, go for gourmet crowd pleasers, get quirky with a food van or set up a create-your-own gin bar. If you prefer to keep the main courses traditional, go wild with your cake and introduce metallic effects and fantastic flavours such as chocolate mocha or cookies & cream (so long, vanilla). More of a savoury kinda couple? Why not opt for a cake made of layered cheese, adorned with cascading grapes and ripe figs – following the rules is so last year.
3. Bright & Bold
Bouquets are expected to be bold, dazzling and beautiful this year. Single stem bouquets are striking and elegant – think a statement tropical stem for a summer wedding, or a large-headed bloom such as a peony. Go dark, moody and dramatic with vintage purples and burgundy. When it comes to decoration, play with height and create space on your tables with hanging displays and clouds of baby’s breath. The popular greenery theme from 2017 continues, with couples opting for rustic-looking potted plants lining the aisle and bohemian wedding wreaths made from wild flowers and sweet-smelling woods to symbolise eternity.
Sweep her off her feet for Mother's Day on Sunday 11th March with a trip to London town! From delicious dainty treats to dazzling days out, the capital is the perfect place to spoil the person in your life who deserves it most.
1. Embrace the fresh air and seek out the sprawling green spaces in London for a springtime stroll. Hyde Park (our neighbour and our favourite, of course!) is one of the largest of London’s Royal Parks, boasting London’s oldest boating lake, The Serpentine. Wherever you are in London, you can take in beautiful spaces and stunning views as you enjoy a peaceful afternoon with your mum.
2. Mother's Day Jazz Afternoon Tea at Corus Hotel Hyde Park is the ultimate on-trend treat. Sit down with a glass of rosé champagne and watch the world go by before sampling tempting savoury bites and exquisite cakes (the mini dark chocolate & orange tart is to die for!). Complemented by a range of refreshing teas and ambient notes of live jazz from our fantastic duo, your mum’s afternoon will be one of absolute bliss.
Corus Hotels were created with the belief that warm, friendly hospitality, personalised experiences & inviting settings are essential to a well-travelled life.
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