Unlock London: A City in Pictures. Afternoon tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly

Unlock London: A City in Pictures. Afternoon tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly

Le Méridien Piccadilly has recently announced its new ‘Unlock Art’ partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in London.
As part of this exciting new partnership, RIBA has curated ‘Unlock London: A City in Pictures’, an exhibition showcasing a stunning selection of 17 black and white images of London’s most iconic landmarks taken by leading architectural photographers from the 1930s through to the 1960s.


I was invited to attend an exceptional afternoon tea inspired by the eras captured in the ‘Unlock London’ photographs and to partake in a unique photography workshop hosted by a RIBA Photographer.
It was a lovely day and the sun was shining.

The Terrace Bar and Restaurant, where they hold the afternoon tea, was so nice and bright. It used to be where the pool in the hotel was historically.


Just outside on the terrace itself there is a Sipsmith Gin Garden too. Perfect to catch the last of summer. Such a beautiful, quirky roof garden! Just how cute is it! 




 The afternoon tea is inspired by the exhibition, which displays 17 black and white photographs on the walls of the Terrace Bar and Grill, all from different eras. 


The tea served is Jing tea and is such a fabulous selection. I went for the whole rosebuds. What a fantastic rose flavour and so pretty too! 


There were lovely sandwiches, scones and cakes inspired from the exhibition such as a Helen of Troy “Orange and poppy seed” cake. Helen of Troy reminds me of my history classes at school. Took me right down memory lane!
The Carrot cake was seriously dreamy and cream and jam, which accompanied the scones was lush (pictured below).

The menu was fantastic and everything was divine. A really good selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and desserts.


It was presented beautifully too and the perfect venue to indulge and enjoy a cultural afternoon being inspired by the fantastic exhibition.




They even had a gluten free version available as pictured below.

  After spending some time photographing and eating the delicious spread of tasty treats, we were given a overview of the fantastic photographs on display by the representative from RIBA.


It was so fascinating to see the work of photographers from the 1930s to 1960s and the different aspects of London that they chose to photograph.

These ranged from the penguin pool at London Zoo, cinema to the Battersea Power Station. They are all seriously works of art and truly inspiring.

  If you are into photography and/or architecture, this is a splendid exhibition. I learned so much about different styles and angles which I hope to use in my own photography. 

We then went into the Oak Room in Le Méridien Piccadilly and were shown a series of different photos by RIBA. These included photos inspired by angle, lighting, reflection and depth. We picked each of our favourite photographs and then practised the same technique to try and capture our own photo. 

I had chosen a photograph of CanaryWharf  Underground Station taken from the bottom of the escalators looking up. I was awestruck by the grandeur of the room and so decided to play with lights, which had inspired the Canary Wharf Photo.


The photograph above was taken in the Oak Room. 

I had a fantastic time and the afternoon tea was delightful and divine. Would really recommend a visit to Le Méridien Piccadilly Terrace Bar and Grill to experience the afternoon tea and to look at the photographs showcased by RIBA.

If you do fancy going I can offer a neat 20% off the afternoon tea, usually priced at £29 to any of my readers. Let me know if you want to visit.

I really loved seeing photographs in London during different eras and some of the buildings have not got quite the same views today so it is really interesting.

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Art photographs are courtesy of RIBA


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