LONDON: There are not many places that make you feel comfortably at home the minute you enter through the sliding door. The Beaumont Hotel in London, a former sports club, is one of the exquisite places that still have the wonderful sense of old school but a contemporary feel at the same time. It feels like you are in a gentlemen’s club and everything that is associated with it. The bar is right behind the lobby in dark hues, mahogany walls and the best chilled champagne in the country. You have to pass the bar when having lunch or dinner at The Colony, the Beaumont’s restaurant, which is fantastic for a long business lunch when it is rainy and grey outside. The waiters just do it perfectly right, the Chardonnay is chilled and the sole Meunière with peas and potatoes just tastes too good. To complete perfectionism order an espresso or a homemade sundae ice cream where you mark your toppings with a pencil on a fill-in ice cream form.
But don’t forget to try The Beaumont Punch while you are there, perfect before you go to the restaurant. Visiting the Powder Room is another must-do we suggest while having lunch, as the British are best in creating an atmosphere where a lady likes to powder her nose. The Beaumont is a perfect lunch venue before Christmas and always for a cocktail at the bar.
THE BEAUMONT PUNCH
30ml Pineapple juice
30ml Lemon juice
15ml Elderflower liqueur St German
15ml Sugar syrup
10ml Fino Dry Sherry
Champagne to top
Slice of cucumber and seasonal berries to garnish
Add ice to a wine glass
Shake the gin, pineapple juice, elderflower liqueur, sugar syrup and sherry in a cocktail shaker
Pour through a strainer over the ice
Top up with champagne
Garnish with the slice of cucumber and seasonal berries