It is 150 years since the first Underground line – Metropolitan – was inaugurated in 1863.
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the tube, London Transport Museum and Art on the Underground have launched a number of exciting events, including a ride on the steam train Locomotive No.1 pulling the ‘Jubilee’ carriage, Tube art exhibitions and talks on the history of the Underground.
I was so lucky to win a couple of tickets for the opening night of the Poster Art 150 exhibition, a showcase of 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced, selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300.
Strongly recommended! Take a look at some of my photos of my adventure with A.
From 15 February to 27 October 2013. Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission to the Transport Museum.
That same weekend, A – another A – and I met to sample the Tube themed afternoon Tea at the Palm Court Lounge – Park Lane Hotel. Our visit didn’t start very smoothly, as A was late to the Underground tea, having been stuck in the Underground for 35 minutes!
When we finally managed to sit down at our table, we started relaxing. Tea is served in a beautifully grand Art Deco setting, with a harpist playing in the middle of the room, decorated in pale green and gold leaf and Japanese-style bird patterns on the walls.
Our welcome drink was a stiff Metropolitan 1863 cocktail, a potent blend of Beefeater 24 gin and blackcurrant tea, named after the first tube journey ever on the Metropolitan line, followed by Rose Tea.
Five different sandwiches and savouries were then served, ‘Gloucester Road’ tart; saffron ‘Circle and District Line’ roulade with coronation chicken and spinach and mini ‘Royal Oak’-smoked salmon bagels.
The next stop was a selection of hearth shaped scones served with ‘Limehouse’ Curd, ‘Victoria Plum’ Jam and clotted cream.
Followed by these pretty mini cakes, Orange Victoria sponge, a ‘Paddington’ honey, lemon and pistachio cake; white chocolate Oreo Swiss ‘Roll’ Cottage, and a walnut Bank cake.
My verdict, ambiance is fabulous, service a little disorganized, the afternoon tea menu: average sandwiches, good stones, really pretty and yummy cakes.
Disclaimer: I won the afternoon tea on Facebook, therefore I didn’t pay. Price per person was £41.
We then headed for a walk in Hyde Park to watch the sunset. A lovely Sunday.