By Angela Green, Content Executive, H&C News: Ultimate Experience & Historic Royal Palaces announce launch of The Glass Rooms.
Ultimate Experience, the seasonal venues and events specialist that is part of CH&CO, announces the launch of The Glass Rooms – a collection of twelve glass dining pods along the iconic London riverbank. Created in conjunction with ‘Superbloom’ at The Tower of London, this unique experience will be available from June to September, for one summer only as the nation celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
With panoramic views of the River Thames, Tower Bridge, The Shard and The Tower of London itself, Ultimate Experience will open 12 exclusive and intimate ‘Glass Rooms’, comfortably seating a maximum of eight. Guests can enjoy a menu inspired by British growers and farmers all in the privacy of their own private dining space in one of London’s most prestigious locations.
Arriving at the riverside entrance at the East Gate of the Tower of London, guests will be escorted to their private Glass Room with the perfectly posed backdrop of the River Thames and Tower Bridge. Each shaded Glass Room will be cooled by the natural river breeze through the rooftop opening and will have its own sound system, so what plays in the pod stays in the pod!
Offering a menu inspired by local suppliers and producers, with growers and farmers stretching across the UK, the menu will change throughout the summer to reflect the seasonality of the produce. Menus are priced at £60 for two courses and £75 for three courses.
Guests will be able to enjoy dishes such as Evesham asparagus, girolles, summer truffle and sorrel, followed by Dover sole, warm potted shrimps, champagne butter sauce, new season potatoes, served with daily changing vegetables. Barbary duck breast with ancient grains, apricot and glazed heritage carrots is also on the menu, as is 35-day aged native beef rib, smoked potato, grelot onions and crushed green herbs. Seasonal cheeses are available to follow, the selection curated by Paxton & Whitfields, London’s oldest cheese shop.
Stand-out desserts include gianduja chocolate mousse, gooseberry caviar and banana ice cream, along with the Vanilla soaked Rum Baba, Chantilly and summer berries.
The drinks menu will include a selection of classic cocktails and mocktails including a ‘Superbloom’ signature cocktail. The Glass Room is also delighted to partner with Laurent-Perrier, the largest family-owned Champagne house and holders of a Royal Warrant from HRH the Prince of Wales, in recognition of its commitment to environmental sustainability. Finally, the expertly curated wine list has been prepared in partnership with Ellis Wines, a family run business with a 200-year history.
CH&CO is a diverse hospitality and catering business with a Royal Warrant for catering services to Her Majesty The Queen. It also holds the top 3 Star Rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and this guides its approach to sustainability, via three pillars: Sourcing, Society & Environment. CH&CO sources locally and seasonally, working to increase the meat to vegetable ratio throughout menus, whilst sourcing fish and meat responsibly. The result is balanced menus, using cooking methods that support wellbeing.
Carly Mitchell, Managing Director of Ultimate Experience said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Historic Royal Palaces to open our first seasonal dining experience at The Tower of London, alongside the stunning ‘Superbloom’ that marks the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. This is sure to be one of the season’s most sought-after dining experiences. London deserves the ultimate summer of celebration and we’re honoured to be part of it.”
The Superbloom installation at The Tower of London is set to be London’s biggest tourist attraction for 2022. An immersive floral display will create a spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers to fill the Tower’s moat from 1st June to 18th September. Over 20 million seeds have been sown in the moat from carefully designed seed mixes. Throughout the summer, the flower display will erupt into new colours and patterns creating a dramatic and engaging experience.
The Glass Rooms will be open Wednesday – Sunday each week for lunch and dinner between 1st June – 18th September 2022