It is said that you can’t please everyone, but the London Marriott Hotel West India Quay may have just accomplished the impossible. The hotel recently introduced its new G&Tea destination, a space that is part tea room, part bar and part lounge. And in doing so, the stylish property has discovered an enticing common ground for travellers, locals and, that’s right, everyone in between.
Elegantly designed to transition from day to evening, G&Tea begins service at 2 p.m. with the quintessentially English experience of afternoon tea. Unlike tea served at many other Dockland hotels in London, however, G&Tea features an exciting selection of Simpsons Tea with options like Fiery Redhead, An English Rose and Hitchcock Blonde.
Complementing the teas is the traditional menu of sandwiches and scones. Guests may also order coffee, espresso drinks, soft drinks, juices and even a gin-and-tonic or a glass of champagne.
Seasonal variations on afternoon tea keep things exciting, as do special offerings like the Mama Tea. Perfect for baby showers and new mums, the Mama Tea offers selections based on personality as much as flavour. Morning Mamas, for instance, might like the ginger-and-lemon herbal tea, while Cool Mamas go for the spearmint-and-chamomile herbal tea.
As the day melts into evening, the lights and music shift within G&Tea to reflect its transition to a lounge that easily competes with the best bars in London. But if anyone needs encouragement to enjoy a tipple, the menu’s playful trivia reminds guests that gin was England’s favourite drink until tea stole the spotlight. So it is only natural that G&Tea’s 90 (and counting) different gins take center stage in the evening.
In addition to an impressive roundup of English, Scottish and European gins, guests of this Canary Wharf accommodation can choose from some inventive cocktails, including tea-infused options like the Mo-TEA-to and the Cosmogin. And for those wise enough to drop in on Thursdays at 6 p.m., they can sip 2-4-1 cocktails to the beats of a live DJ.
G&Tea’s fun isn’t limited to the indoors, however. The Bar Terrace welcomes informal meetings, evening socialising and even those who want to catch up on work (courtesy of the numerous electrical outlets) with a full menu of authentic British fare. A locally inspired selection of bites is organised according to appetite. So “If You Are Hungry,” you might order a steak toastie. Others might opt for pork-belly bites to share or lime pie to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Those, meanwhile, who want to channel their inner Churchill can take a gander at the cigar menu to find the perfect complement to an evening cocktail. There’s something at G&Tea, in other words, that everyone can toast.
About the London Marriott Hotel West India Quay
Towering above the Canary Wharf district, the London Marriott Hotel West India Quay cuts an imposing figure on the skyline. Visitors arriving at this 5-star hotel will find themselves near London’s biggest event venues, including the O2 Arena and ExCeL, as well as numerous restaurants and shops. But the service within is what truly stands out. The hotel offers 279 guest rooms, 22 suites, 20 meeting rooms, four concierge levels and one state-of-the-art health club for the ultimate in guest convenience. Two dining options, Manhattan Grill and G&Tea, feel at once cosmopolitan and distinctly British thanks to the strong emphases on contemporary style and locally sourced food. The 20 meeting rooms afford more than 8,500 square feet of event space for conferences, parties and weddings; and guest rooms celebrate luxury with 300-threadcount linens, flat-screen televisions and, in the case of the seven Curve Suites, breathtaking panoramic views.