If you ask me, there’s never too many Christmas celebrations… Even now that it’s over I’ll be soaking up every little bit of festivity until it’s all been taken down. As part of that, we nipped into Four Seasons London’s Hennessey’s Winter Garden for a few festive warmers…
Having enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Veuve Cliquot Secret Garden last summer, I was excited to see how the beautiful terrace had been decorated for its festive edition.
The terrace is one of the most magical hideaways in Mayfair – just far enough away from Piccadilly, it’s a quiet spot to relax, have a few drinks and nibbles.
The winter terrace has been decked out with fluffy pillows, hampers of blankets and the cutest little cabins…
We visited for a late lunch after some Christmas shopping, and immediately felt relieved to be away from the chaos of Christmas shopping on Oxford Street! I never enjoy it, but I never feel festive until I’ve seen Selfridges all decorated for Christmas!
As I admired the glittering snowflakes and other, beautiful finishing touches, Andy was much more preoccupied with the menu..!
Luckily, as we arrived, the couple sitting in Hennessey’s Lodge left, and so the waiter re-set the little cabin as I wandered around the terrace, soaking up all the festive cheer. A perfect setting for a winter date – but I can imagine it would be even more special at night, when all the lanterns are lit.
Being a cold December day it took me approximately 10 seconds to cosy under a sheepskin rug and start thinking of the mulled wine that I was about to order..
As always at the Four Seasons, the little touches are always taken care of, including the sweet little menus, tied together with string as though it was itself a little Christmas present.
By this point, we were thoroughly hungry and craving some warm food. Opting for a Lidgate Butcher’s sausage (pork with thick, crispy slices of bacon for me and lamb for Andy) was a great choice.
I’d make sure you’re hungry when you order these as the portion sizes are quite something! Tender, soft meat and a delicious slightly sweet brioche bun made for a perfect lunch time treat.
Full as I was…. There was no way I was leaving without having tried the truffle croque monsieurs! There’s very few ways to make a croque monsieur better, but one way is certainly with shavings of deep flavoured truffle.
I loved the crunch of the bread and the contrast of the melted cheese and with each mouthful ending in a hint of truffle.
Talk about festive indulgence…
Though I had arrived thinking of mulled wine, I couldn’t help myself but order a hot chocolate with Bailey’s instead.
Thick, creamy hot chocolate can only be improved (for me) by the extra creamy and warming taste of Baileys.
And if we could find any more room for a nibble or two (which we almost always can!) a tray of sweets was brought.
And these are no ordinary sweets – the mince pies were probably the best I had this year!
Even if the Hennessey Lodge has been taken, every seat is covered with a sheepskin and more rugs than you could ever imagine.
So grab a mince pie, a hot chocolate with a twist…
…and while away an afternoon or evening in one of the cutest and most luxurious pop ups in London this season.
…’cause there’s still time to enjoy a few more festive favourites this winter!
In even more exciting Four Seasons news, I can’t wait for Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square to open next month!
We were guests of Four Seasons London.