May, 2010

May 10

‘Sex And The City Par-Tea’ at London’s Hyatt Regency

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London ladies, please take out your Smythson leather diaries and open to 28 May, 2010. There you should already have written down one very important appointment – the release of Sex And The City 2! That’s right, it’s finally here and we are getting reports that it is even better than the first one – definitely a cause for celebration! We even get to see Carrie running through a souk in a Dior t-shirt and ball gown skirt. Does it get any better?

Well, yes, it does get better. Or at least that’s what I learned yesterday when I visited London’s Hyatt Regency on Portman Square. I was invited to be one of the first to sample the new Sex And The City Par-Tea, which the hotel has created in honour of the four ladies we love the most: Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha! This is a tea they would go ga-ga over. In fact as I sat there, with my guest Miss Tara B, I couldn’t help but imagine the four ladies sitting in our place. The setting is total glam-squad: lovely huge crystal chandeliers and white linen tablecloths adorned by white blooming roses. I should also mention I have never been so tempted to clip an entire set of china. You’ll see in the pics what I mean – gorgeous!

This isn’t your typical afternoon tea – although the Hyatt Regency does serve those as well (and they looked absolutely delicious). Surrounding guests were looking on our table with great green eyes. I believe several women were wondering what they had to do to get a Cosmo as a starter and a lovely pink chocolate stiletto on the top of their tea tower! Sorry ladies, this was just a preview. However,  from 28 May everyone can indulge in this afternoon delight.

So, let’s start from the beginning. Upon arrival we were presented with two menus specially designed for the occasion and asked to select a cocktail of our choice from the four offered. You can choose from a Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Martini or a Flirtini. I think that was the most difficult moment of the entire afternoon. They all looked so delicious. We opted for Flirtinis and our lovely aid for the afternoon, Stefano, was kind enough to bring us Cosmos as well. He could tell we were struggling to decide on just one. You are then asked to choose a tea. The hotel has specifically chosen four teas, one for each character in the movie that accurately reflects their personality. I went with the Organic Silver Needle White Tea as it was light and refreshing and not too strong.


As we sipped our cocktails we looked towards the open-plan kitchen and saw a gathering of waiters at the front counter. Our tea treats were being put together and it appeared as if the head chef was instructing the assistants on the creation of the delectable goodies. Suddenly it dawned on us that we really are some of the first people to enjoy this event! What a humbling moment.

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will know that I am an American living in London. So you can only imagine that when the tea service arrived with plates covered in mini burgers, hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches and more I went absolutely mad with happiness! It was New York’s finest sitting on my table, right there in front of me! I am pretty sure I shed a tear and didn’t know whether to be horribly homesick or unashamedly nostalgic and happy. The moment passed, I regained composure, and reminded myself that I was a professional journalist. Get it together, girl!

Here’s the rundown on what was served, working from the bottom to the top of the tower (or savoury to sweet)…
Bottom: Pastrami on rye, mini smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, and cucumber sandwiches.
Analysis: Wouldn’t change a thing. I’d just also like to note one very important thing. They toast the bagel with the salmon and cream cheese! That is paying attention to detail as it’s a big NYC tradition! It’s the only way to do bagels.
Middle: Mini burgers and mini hot dogs.
Analysis: Both were fantastic and I think will be enjoyed by all. I would have added cheese, ketchup and a pickle on the mini burgers, but that’s just me. The hot dog was also not an American-style hot dog but rather a mini sausage of sorts. This, however, is a plus point! You don’t want a real American hot dog sitting in a ritzy hotel – the sausage is the way to go!
Top: Strawberry chocolate pink stiletto, mini doughnuts, mini cupcakes and an appletini jelly.
Analysis: Heaven on a plate. I am sitting here still drooling over the thought of how good these little gems were. They may have been mini but they packed a powerful punch!
I will be recommending this tea to all of my friends – that includes all of you, dear readers. And here’s a great idea (which, I can’t actually take credit for as it comes from Tara B): gents – why not surprise your lady by booking this tea for the two of you? You’ve never seen so much food at an afternoon tea in your life! A man would love this tea! We could barely finish what was in front of us – yet we managed to somehow and couldn’t even eat dinner that night we were still so full!
Here are the nitty-gritty details:
Hyatt Regency London
30 Portman Square
London W1H 7BH
020 7486 5800

The Sex And The City Par-Tea will be served every day between 3pm and 6pm from Friday 28 May to Tuesday 31 August, 2010. This special afternoon tea is available at £39 per person and parties of up to six people are available. Sex And The City Par-Tea including a ticket to see SATC 2 at the Everyman Baker Street cinema and a chauffeur-driven car to the cinema is priced at £55 per person, subject to availability. 

All reservations for the Sex And The City Par-Tea must be made in advance; credit card details will be taken for confirmation. For reservations please call +44 20 7299 2037 or email: Each reservation will be confirmed only when each guest has given their credit card details and received written confirmation from The Montagu.

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