The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane recently underwent refurbishment and rebranding. They’re also keeping things interesting with their cocktail menu, which focuses on drinking etiquette.
The hotel is 90 years old, and has been a celebrity hangout for many of those years. In particular, it was a favourite haunt of the Bright Young Things set during the 1920s.
The cocktail menu, launched in September, focuses on this history, helping guests to explore different periods through each drink. Titled The Golden Age of Cocktails, it has been curated by the hotel’s drinks historian, Rebecca Seal. It also looks at the drinking etiquette of the time and the stories behind the drinks. Each cocktail is given a time of day, from 2pm to midnight (no drinking before 2pm, obviously).
They include the Classic Champagne Cocktail, a drink traditionally served with afternoon tea, which probably originates from the early nineteenth century.
The etiquette notes with the cocktail point out that it was just fine and dandy for women to keep their gloves on while drinking a cocktail, but they should remove them at mealtimes. Men should take off their hats, of course.
There’s also the Sazerac, an after-dinner digestif and the last drink on the menu. When it’s starting to get late into the evening and you’re a little tipsy, the best advice the Sheraton can offer you is to be on your best behaviour.
Of course, there’s no need to make your way through all the cocktails on the menu. But if you’re up for a challenge, you can space them as suggested by the Sheraton Grand. You’ll have time to recover from each one, plus you can sit down for afternoon tea or dinner in one of the hotel’s restaurants or bars, including their afternoon tea lounge.
Sip on some classy cocktails on your next visit to the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. Whether you have one or all of them, you’ll finish your drink feeling intrigued by the hotel’s history.
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