We check out St James’s Hotel and Club’s It’s All In The Game Afternoon Tea which encourages you to disconnect from the online fast-paced world by reconnecting with traditional board games
Looking for somewhere unusual to take clients in London? Try the ‘It’s All in The Game Afternoon Tea’ at St James’s Hotel and Club. Designed by executive head chef William Drabble and in partnership with Hamleys toy store, the experience is based around traditional board games including backgammon, Monopoly and Scrabble.
Guests are encouraged to log off and spend a long, relaxing afternoon indulging in treats and a game or two. Over several games of snakes and ladders, we tucked into a selection of sandwiches and scones, dark chocolate orange Monopoly top hat, a Battenberg dice and white-chocolate shortbread dominoes – all washed down with loose-leaf mint tea and glasses of Ruinart Brut champagne. For the nostalgia of playing the games alone, it’s well worth the visit.
As part of the partnership, St. James’s Hotel and Club and Hamleys have created an exclusive experience for a family of four. It’s All In The Game at St. James’s Family Package includes a night’s stay for two adults and two children with continental breakfast and It’s All In The Game Afternoon Tea for four people.
Guests also get a VIP tour of Hamleys flagship Regents Street store where they will learn about the store’s amazing toy history and how it has evolved over the past 255 years with cake and goodie bags. They will also receive a 10 per cent discount voucher at Hamleys store.
The original St. James Club, founded in 1857 and still a core part of the brand, has a historical connection with board games and was regularly frequented by famous characters such as Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming. The board game Backgammon was a popular pastime in the Club where large sums of money were won and lost over time.