Set in a typically British stately home environment with views overlooking Hyde Park, the Park Room at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, is an idyllic, Central London location to enjoy the quintessentially British tradition of Afternoon Tea.
With the design inspired by its close proximity to the Royal Park, the tranquillity of the Park Room offers welcome respite from the shops and sights of Park Lane and Mayfair with a varied menu; featuring Afternoon Tea as well as a la carte options and a creative Cocktail and Champagne menu at the bar.
With 20 years of experience across hotels and restaurants in the USA, the UAE and London, Dale DeSimone joined Grosvenor House as Executive Pastry Chef in June 2015 where he now leads a team of nine pastry chefs. With a passion for chocolate, pastry and creating extravagant desserts, Dale has put his mark on the Park Room’s famous Anna’s Afternoon Tea, enhancing the pastry offering in keeping with the new style and design of the Park Room.
The tradition of Afternoon Tea dates back to the early nineteenth century. Around this time Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon, to overcome this feeling a light meal consisting of tea (usually Darjeeling) and cakes or sandwiches was served.
From this want, the Afternoon Tea ritual was born. However, it should be noted that it was traditionally only a small bite that has now evolved into a tradition that is frequently celebrated.