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Brand New Heritage Afternoon Tea

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This summer, Rotunda at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square unveils its new Heritage Afternoon Tea, based on the iconic building’s history. As the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, Ten Trinity Square was once at the heart of global trade and the gateway for the tea routes to enter London. Rotunda’s Heritage Afternoon Tea will celebrate the building’s past and the connections between east and west.

Mapping those historic trading routes, Rotunda’s Afternoon Tea will include brews from the foothills of the Himalayas with the finest darjeeling from Makaibari to Earl Greys from Satemwa Estate in the highlands of Malawi. A selection of Chinese teas will include a rare oolong from Anxi and white jasmine and peony teas from the coastal Fujian province, which embarked on the journey to London via the East China Sea. Closer to home, herbal teas grown in Cornwall will balance the international offering, while Champagnes will include Delamotte Brut, Charles Heidsieck and AR Lenoble Rosé available by the glass.

The handcrafted bone china tea service, designed by prominent British designer Richard Brendon, reflects the neoclassical architecture of the building. The intricate design denotes the routes travelled by the globetrotting tea merchants with a nautical compass and a detailed map of the shipping routes from China to Britain. Laden with traditional finger sandwiches created by Rotunda’s new Executive Chef David Greenhill, the tea stands will celebrate British classics including egg mayonnaise with truffle oil; coronation chicken, and the classic minted cucumber. Alongside the sandwiches there will be seasonal pastries such as strawberry and sansho, apricot and verbena in an almond sponge, and passion fruit ganache atop chocolate sablé and chocolate mousse – not forgetting the essential homemade scones with seasonal jams and Devonshire clotted cream.

“Afternoon tea is such a staple of British culture, so we wanted to honour that with a traditional menu, but one that reflects the heritage of our home. We’re incredibly fortunate to be housed within such an impressive and inspiring building as Ten Trinity Square and we’ve drawn heavily on the building’s trade links to highlight age-old tea routes that still fuel Britain’s love of afternoon tea today,” says Executive Chef David Greenhill.

Rotunda’s new Heritage Afternoon Tea is available all week between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.

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These 7 Rooftop Bars Will Elevate Your Mood, No Matter the Season

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Just because summer is ending soon (womp womp) doesn’t mean you need to settle for the indoors when seeking to unwind after the workday or on the weekends. Don’t underestimate the power of a breezy, open-air rooftop in an idyllic location or an indoor urban rooftop with 360-degree cityscape views to raise your spirits, regardless of the temperature outside.

Rooftop bars are popping up in more and more places and offering something for everyone: picturesque skyline views, tasty snacks and sips, and an ideal atmosphere for lounging or mingling with friends, family or colleagues.

The design of these elevated spaces, many of them atop hotels, is also evolving in ways that are allowing guests to enjoy them later into the night and regardless how hot or cold it is outside.

“At Hilton, we’ve built extreme flexibility into rooftop bar designs to be even more creative and competitive,” said Jonathan Wilson, Vice President, Customer Experience & Innovation, Food & Beverage, Wellness for Hilton, which has about 70 rooftop bars around the world from the U.S. to Asia. Through the company’s Wander program, which he leads, Hilton  encourages its hotel owners to incorporate unique concepts into new and pre-existing spaces, and offers them tools and resources to envision and plan flexible designs.

So whether you fancy a perfectly chilled craft beer on a hot day, a fresh fruity cocktail, mocktail, or glass of bubbly on a warm evening, or a steamy hot toddy in cooler weather, there’s a rooftop bar out there for everyone. Check out the following rooftop bars at Hilton properties around the world to find one (or more) that’s the perfect fit for you:

Monkey Board, The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (New Orleans, LA)

In NOLA’s blossoming Central Business District near the Mississippi River, The Troubadour’s rooftop bar, Monkey Board, offers panoramic skyline views across the Crescent City. This rooftop eatery delivers a selection of creative dishes and cocktails, epitomizing the city’s appreciation for after-work fun. Expect a lively atmosphere, live DJs and local flavors –all just a quick stroll from the French Quarter, making this the ideal locale for guests looking to fall in love with the spirit of New Orleans. As the locals say, laissez les bon temps rouler!

LH Rooftop, LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton (Chicago, Illinois)

This hotel features the tri-level LH Rooftop, which boasts stunning views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile along with rare finds on each level of the bar. Floor 21 offers re-imagined American fare and cocktails indoors, floor 22 offers small bites and classic cocktails on its outdoor terrace, and floor 23 is an exclusive Cupola available to reserve for a unique private event or one-of-a-kind proposal.

Agasi 7 Rooftop Bar, Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Agāsi 7 Rooftop Bar + Kitchen offers an expansive menu of locally-inspired handcrafted cocktails and small plates for guests to enjoy as they overlook downtown Little Rock. Featuring an open kitchen design and the perfect combination of bar, pub and lounge seating throughout, this rooftop has become a hot spot for state capital locals and visitors alike.

Waterproof Bar, The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton (Dallas, Texas)

Perched on the 19th floor of the historic Statler Hotel, Waterproof bar boasts stunning and panoramic views of surrounding downtown Dallas and beyond. The indoor/outdoor space is a sunny urban oasis for guests to take a dip in the pool, sip a refreshing craft cocktail, enjoy lunch and watch the sunset. As the moon rises over the city, swimsuits are exchanged for cocktail attire, the doors are open to the public and the fun continues.

Savage Garden, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London (London, England)

Savage Garden is a dramatic destination rooftop bar located on the 12th floor of DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London. This all-day bar and cocktail lounge offers stunning 360-degree views that take in some of the U.K. capital’s most iconic landmarks. Savage Garden’s retractable roof offers both indoor and outdoor options to allow the bar to be enjoyed all year long with captivating cocktails and an innovative all-day food menu.

Sky Blue Pool Terrace & Rooftop Restaurant Sky Blu, Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (Rome, Italy)

Rooftop Restaurant Sky Blu and Sky Blu Pool Terrace at Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton offer authentic and contemporary Roman cuisine and the highest quality and service in a traditional and classy environment. Enjoy dining on an external patio during spring and summer months and a special holiday atmosphere during the winter season.

Horizon Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Pattaya (Pattaya Chonburi, Thailand)
Experience the next level of style, taste and exclusivity at Horizon Restaurant & Bar in Hilton Pattaya Hotel. Chill out to the DJ beats as you sip on signature cocktails and admire magnificent views of Pattaya Bay. Set on the rooftop of the 34th floor, this stylish Pattaya restaurant offers a unique setting to savor delicious cuisine and party with friends.

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Viaggio: The Cocktail Series with Benjamin Padrón Novoa and Jose Luis de Leon

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Viaggio: The Cocktail Series is back with not one, but two award-winning bartenders to join Valentino Longo, Jacopo Rosito and the rest of the Le Sireneuse Champagne Bar team in providing a unique mixology experience for guests at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club.

The next event will take place this coming Monday, July 23, 2018 with Benjamin Padrón Novoa and Jose Luis de Leon. Hailing from Mexico City, Benjamin and Jose are two of the masterminds at work in one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, Licorería Limantour. The establishment and all of its staff keep one foot firmly rooted in old-school traditions, while beautifully blending them with present-day trends.

Join them on July 23 starting at 7:00 pm at Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar to witness some of the world’s most respected bartenders, for one night only, as they bring a little piece of Mexico City to Surfside.

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Lai Heen Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou Awarded its First Michelin Star

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Lai Heen, the signature Cantonese restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou has earned its first Michelin star in the inaugural Michelin Guide Guangzhou 2018. It is one of only eight restaurants in Guangzhou to receive this coveted award.

“We are very privileged that Lai Heen has been awarded a star in this first edition of the Michelin Guide Guangzhou,” said Matthias Vogt, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou. “It is a testament to our commitment to culinary excellence in a city known as the food capital of China. This is a well-deserved recognition for the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, from our culinary teams to our restaurant operations teams, who dedicate themselves to crafting memorable and exceptional dining experiences for our guests every day.”

Helmed by Chef Gordon Guo, the cuisine of Lai Heen accentuates the freshness of seasonal ingredients and showcases exquisite Cantonese delicacies through careful balancing of colors, aromas, textures and tastes. Chef Guo has over two decades of experience in Cantonese cuisine and is famed for his creativity, as well as his passion for personally selecting and  bringing fresh natural ingredients to the table.The menu at Lai Heen is constantly evolving, with classic and contemporary favorites such as Poached Sunflower Chicken, Braised Shrimp With Okra in Homemade Sauce and Steamed Crab Custard.

Lai Heen welcomes guests into a luxurious, jasmine-scented world of sophisticated dining. The restaurant’s muted burgundy-and-silver color scheme evokes the ambiance of old Canton. On the tables, silver-tipped ebony chopsticks and delicate bone china hold the promise of an extraordinary culinary experience for guests.

Lai Heen is the ninth restaurant from The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Asia-Pacific to receive a Michelin star rating. Other Ritz-Carlton restaurants with this honor include the 2-star Tin Lung Heen at The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, with its spectacular views from the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Center. Ritz-Carlton restaurants in the Asia-Pacific region with one-star each are: Tosca at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Summer Pavilion at the The Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore, Lai Heen at The Ritz-Carlton Macau, Jin Xuan at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong, Azure 45 at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, La Baie at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka and Tempura Mizuki at The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.

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