All That Glistens is Gold at St Matin's Lane this Christmas
There’s more than five gold rings in Covent Garden this festive season as St Martins Lane hotel has been transformed into a glitzy world of golden glamour in partnership with Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne. If it can be draped, painted, or decorated in gold, chances are it’ll be found behind the sophisticated doors of this boutique hotel.
The golden wonderland begins at the hotel’s entrance, which has been adorned with clusters of metallic-hued, sequined Christmas trees. Guests then enter the lobby, which has been transformed by a festive Midas touch – textured golden foil swathes the pillars and the check-in desk, creating the impression that the hotel has been wrapped up like a glittering Christmas present. Festive lighting has also been created through an array of candles arranged on top of the reception.
Blind Spot has also received a similar golden makeover. The iconic gold hand that marks the entrance to the renowned speakeasy bar gestures towards the hotel’s decorative tea wall, newly wrapped in golden paper. A few cubby holes are exposed like doors in an advent calendar, revealing a host of miniature golden Christmas trees. Inside the bar, columns have been handsomely dressed in big golden leaves and candles piled around the bases of the pillar, creating a cosy atmosphere that is perfect for reclining on one of the comfortable chairs topped with gold sequinned cushions and ordering a gold-themed cocktail.
The golden cocktail list in Blind Spot oozes luxury, as it is based around Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne. Carol-themed offerings include Figgy Pudding (Grey Goose vodka, fig cordial, clarified lime juice and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne) and Gold Rings(Maker Mark’s bourbon, green apple cordial and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, all topped with gold dust) – both £14.
Exotic golden botany is rampant in The Den, too, where a gold themed afternoon tea is available from 25 November to 5 January. The savouries focus on Christmas flavours, including a turkey and mushroom quiche and rye bread with smoked salmon, lemon crème fraîche and apple, before a series of glittering sweets including a glistening choux bun with vanilla and hazelnut and a sparkling panna cotta flavoured with cinnamon, candied walnuts and golden sultanas.
Prices start at £35 for signature tea, £45 with the addition of a Signature Den G&T, or £48 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne.
The Den also hosts a festive sundown cocktail tea, featuring the same seasonal spread plus three signature cocktails including the indulgent Once Upon a Time (apricot brandy, Malbec, Pimm’s, orange shrub and bitters) and the fruity The Fun Starts Now (Ketel One vodka, vanilla and salted caramel syrup). It is available from 25 November to 5 January and will be priced at £39.