London in Lockdown

Both of our current developments are nestled within London’s SW1 postcode – a prime location that’s close enough to the glamour of Mayfair, the drama of the West End and the legacy of British institutions to make it a place of true wonder. Although the area has been a little quieter of late, there is still so much going on that stirs the air and the local spirit. Over the past few months, we have heard many inspiring behind-the-scenes stories from fellow London-based brands. While iconic fashion-house Burberry has spent the time in lockdown heroically creating PPE equipment, the hospitality sector in SW1 has come up with new ways of staying busy and giving back too.

Last month, the Dorchester launched a new delivery and collection service to offer some of the luxury hotel’s most popular culinary delights in the comfort of your own home. Inspired by the virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show that was held over the course of a week, the sale of hamper-packed Afternoon Teas in May raised money for The Royal Horticultural Society. In June, Traditional Afternoon Tea hampers and Make It Yourself hampers from The Grill at The Dorchester will provide all the ingredients and recipe cards to create dishes such as Beef Wellington and head chef Tom Booton’s Lobster Thermidor tart.

For Michelin-starred meals, the world-renowned Hide London was one of the first upscale restaurants to offer a takeaway service during these locked down months to offer an experience that is as close to restaurant-dining as possible. The ‘Hide at Home’ menu is a full à la carte affair with sumptuous ingredients and stunning presentation on all dishes from their roast Huntsham Farm suckling pig to a delicate strawberry and custard tart.

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