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Cocktail hour with a twist

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Young Gentleman About Town, James Crawford-Smith enjoys cocktail hour with a difference...

Cocktail hour just got a new twist at the Strand Palace Hotel along one of London's busiest streets. Built in 1900s the Strand Palace has seen movie stars, foreign dignitaries, royals and rebels- but today is frequented by a gentler set; the tourist, the businessman and the party girl.

The Strand Palace Hotel has stood proudly in the heart of London for over a century and since its opening has seen face-lift after face-lift, so don't expect to see any grand Edwardian saloons or even any original features. While it is a shame that in modernising the interiors, the history of the hotel has been lost there are two spectacular remnants of the Palaces hedonistic past hidden just below street level. As you walk down an unprepossessing staircase you are met with a breath-taking art deco set of stairs, with geometric shapes and inset lighting. To the left of the staircase is the ladies room, which has remained untouched since the days of ladies powdering their noses and recovering from an evening spent doing the Charleston - these two features are a must see.


Upstairs in the hotels Gin Palace Bar, a new take on the afternoon tea has just been launched. The G&T With a Difference, features a selection of delicious Gin cocktails created by the hotels new mixologist showcasing a wide selection of Gins from around the world. To accompany the cocktails the hotels chef has developed an accompanying 'tea', featuring; teriyaki salmon with ponzu sauce, chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce, crab cakes with sweet chilli sauce, lamb kofta with mint and coriander sauce, tempura vegetable with teriyaki sauce, and vegetable spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce.


While the Gin Palace's décor may leave something to be desired, the attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere more than made up for it. The G&T with a difference was fantastic and since the hotel is one of the biggest in London (with over 800 rooms!!) it is worth considering for a night in town.


The Strand Palace Hotel's central location and relaxed ambiance makes it an ideal stop on the way to the theatre - so if you're looking for a pre-show treat, pop in and have a G&T!

Gin cocktails are available for £13.95 each. Tea to accompany comes at £17.00 for the sharing menu:
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