This year in the UK, marks 40 years of Punk. With this in mind, the W London – Leicester Square has announced special film screenings in partnership with Doc n’ Roll and a punk inspired Anarch-Tea. I was luckily enough to head down to the W London, to check it all out.
My friend and I hadn’t been to the W London before and I must say it’s a gorgeous hotel. Definitely the perfect location for a punk inspired afternoon tea that doesn’t conform to normal afternoon standards. Starting with a Lust For Life’ cocktail (Cachaça with lime, sugar and passion fruit), we waited patiently for our Anarch-Tea to arrive. This cocktail is amazing, I seriously could have spent all day drinking it. So refreshing on a warm summer’s day.
Finally the moment we’d been waiting for came and our Anarch-tea arrived. Served on a cake tier of Vinyl Records, it looked amazing. The colours of the Lips and God Save The Queen Cake are so vivid that it feels like a crime eating them.The menu consisted of God Save the Queen- Sex Pistols (vanilla and almond Battenberg cake), Shut Up- The Stranglers Red Lips (frozen strawberry and basil parfait), The Mohawk (raspberry and lime mousse), Going Round in Circles- Alternative TV Silver (studded dark chocolate roulade, Gang Of Four (Fingers Sandwiches) and The Jam (Scones, clotted cream and jam.
This afternoon tea is definitely for the sweet tooth as its very dessert heavy. I personally would have preferred a few more savoury options, as the sweetness of the marzipan in the Battenberg cake and chocolate roulades were a tad over powering at times. Our favourites were definitely the God Save the Queen Battenberg Cake, the Scones and the finger sandwiches. The Red Lips that looked too good to eat were slightly unusual as the basil was a bit overwhelming. Despite this, the strawberry flavour was pleasant and we had no trouble finishing them.
After our delicious afternoon tea, we stayed to watch the documentary of the Clash – The Rise and Fall in the W London’s state-of-the-art screening room. As we were the only two people in the room and it was such a nice day outside, we did end up leaving early to walk off the numerous calories we’d consumed during our afternoon tea.
If you’re interested in trying out the afternoon tea or watching documentaries on your favourite punk artists, the W London has a large number of packages available from Seat, screening and a box of popcorn – £15, Seat and Sip, screening, popcorn and a ‘Lust For Life’ cocktail from the W Lounge bar – £20 and Seat, Sip and Share (for two), including screening and Anarch-Tea – £75. The next two films being shown are on the 20th August 2016 – The Punk Singer(2013) and the 3rd September 2016 – End of the Century: The Ramones(2003). If watching documentaries on the UK Punk Scene isn’t you’re thing but you still want to enjoy the dessert filled, Anarch-Tea it’s available for £30pp. Make sure you head down to the W London to get that sugar rush, you know you want.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon – Toogs1 (Instagram and twitter)
W London – Leicester Square, 10 Wardour St, W1D 6QF