London’s Como The Halkin serves up a delightful wellness afternoon tea starring Como Shambhala Cuisine

by James Wilkinson

London’s luxurious Como The Halkin offers a taste of Bali to the heart of Belgravia with the property’s delightful afternoon tea featuring treats from the group’s signature wellness Como Shambhala Cuisine.

Located at the classic Halkin Bar, the team have meticulously curated a guilt-free menu comprising a delightful blend of savoury and sweet delicacies, accompanied by refreshing Como Shambhala juices and teas, bringing a wellness-focused twist to this cherished British tradition.

The afternoon tea experience at Como The Halkin, available daily from 2pm-6pm, starts off with guests embarking on a wellness journey with hot towels infused with the signature Como Shambhala scent, creating a sensory ambiance reminiscent of a Como Shambhala retreat.

To further elevate the experience, essence-infused hot stones recreate the soothing setting of the Como Shambhala Estate in Bali, transporting diners to idyllic shores.

In line with the Como Shambhala holistic wellness concept, which seamlessly combines healthy eating, expert nutrition, and pleasurable gastronomy, the team have crafted an afternoon tea that delivers pure, unadulterated pleasure.

Guests can indulge in signature Como Shambhala ginger tea, savour the invigorating Lean and Clean Greens juice designed to boost energy and immunity, or opt for the cleansing properties of the Vitality Boost juice.

Each dish featured in Como The Halkin’s afternoon tea draws inspiration from ‘The Pleasure of Eating Well’, the acclaimed Como Shambhala cuisine book, and the menu showcases a delectable array of savoury creations, including sweet corn and basil soup, ‘Real Toast’ with seeds and avocado, spiced crispy prawns, and marinated chicken lolly with rice salad and pomegranate seeds.

For a guilt-free indulgence, the afternoon tea concludes with an irresistible selection of sweet treats, such as cucumber jelly with apple and avocado sorbet, wholemeal banana waffles with peanuts and yogurt sauce, and mango and passionfruit cheesecake. An absolute highlight is the Zen garden, featuring protein rock, chocolate stone, and matcha cake.

Opened in 1991, The Halkin was the first property in the Como Hotels and Resorts portfolio.

After undergoing a refreshment and re-opening in Autumn 2022, Como The Halkin, discreetly located in the heart of London’s leafy Belgravia, a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, promises an elegant hideaway for discerning travellers exploring the city.

Regarded by loyal regulars as a home-away-from-home, the luxury hotel is famed for its discreet service and timeless design.

The Halkin Afternoon Tea starts from £55 per person and 24 hours booking notice is required.


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