Christmas is a magical time and the delightful St. Ermin’s Hotel near St. James’ Park and Westminster, which is so pretty any time of the year, is really embracing the season. The trees on the outside, decorated in citrus colours lead the way to the entrance and inside even Ebenezer Scrooge’s cold heart would melt in an instant. The red and white theme, incorporating the sweeping curved stairs festooned with big red bows; the beautiful Christmas trees decorated with wooden ornaments including miniature skis, sledges and skates, the life-sized wicker reindeer and its sleigh laden with gifts – it is like stepping into a Christmas movie.
But St. Ermin’s is adding some extra zing this winter. The hotel has furnished their wonderful terrace on the first floor with heaters, comfy sofas, cosy blankets and has partnered with The King’s Ginger liqueur to serve a selection of specially created drinks along with Scottish inspired dishes.
The King’s Ginger was created by Berry Bros and Rudd for King Edward VII, after the Royal Physician became concerned for the King’s health, as he was known to enjoy endless drives through London in his horseless carriage – a Daimler car – whatever the weather. Containing ginger, cognac brandy and citrus this high strength liqueur would warm and revivify His Majesty. (Let’s just hope he only drank it after one of his excursions)
Try a King’s Hot Chocolate, King’s Negroni or King’s Fizz, or, if ginger is not your thing, there is Mulled Wine, Spiked Tea or Doctor du Miel (made with St. Ermin’s honey from the bees on the rooftop) if you like it hot or try a Matcha or Turmeric Latte. You could also treat your self to the Whisky Flight with three different Scottish whiskies.
Food includes seasonal favourites such as baked Vacherin Mont d’Or or small plates of game terrine, as well as Arbroath smokie fish cakes, Scotch scallops with black pudding & apple and lam & haggis meatballs in whisky sauce. You should also try the warm Dundee cake and there is even St. Ermin’s take on the infamous ‘deep fried Mars bar’.
Afternoon Tea is also available on The Terrace, for those who want to enjoy this indulgent treat in the open air.
Open: 11am – 9pm (last orders 9pm)
St. Ermin’s Hotel
2 Caxton St, Westminster, London SW1H 0QW