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“Truly spectacular panoramas across Buckingham Palace” (The Queen has, it is said, never forgiven them for building this place) make this 28th-floor dining room a big romantic favourite; and similarly, if on business, “clients can’t help but be impressed with the outlook”. With its “lovely” cooking and “excellent service” it’s hard to fault generally, other than that, predictably, “it’s not very competitively priced!” Top Tip: cheapskates can get all the view for the price of a cocktail in the adjoining bar.
“The view would melt anyone’s heart” at this 28th-floor eyrie, overlooking Buckingham Palace’s gardens and Hyde Park. But whereas many fans see it as a “fantastic all-rounder”, particularly for business or romance, refuseniks rail at food that’s “somewhat pedestrian” and service that’s surprisingly “hit ’n’ miss”. Top Tip – the neighbouring bar actually has a better outlook!
“To wow a client”, or to create an ambience “conducive to seduction”, the “stunning” panorama from this 28th-floor park-side Mayfair chamber is – say fans – “unbeatable”. “It’s the view that makes it” though, “not the Identikit hotel decor”, while the “decent” cuisine is in something of a supporting role. Top Tip – enjoy a better vista for the price of a cocktail at the adjacent bar!
“For a spectacular business lunch” (or date), this 28th floor perch – with a “perfect vista” over Buck House and Hyde Park – still has many fans. It has seemed more “machine-like and touristy” of late however, and – at the sky high prices – can too often seem “decidedly average” nowadays. (Top Tip – skip your meal: head over the hall to the bar, where the view is actually better!)
Galvin at Windows, Park Lane London Hilton Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Great setting celebrating a Noughty Birthday! Sipping a cocktail whilst looking at a great city is special. Set lunch deals excellent value. Selection covers most tastes. Staff know their stuff and are friendly and professional. The panoramic postcards are a fab bonus!"
"Was taken for a meal here as a birthday present. Had one of the special menus which was good value as it included half a bottle of wine, bottled water and cofee in the price. They even produced a cake with a candle and Happy Birthday on the plate which was a nice touch."
|Wine per bottle||£47.00|
Galvin at Windows, Park Lane Hilton Hotel W1
Over the years, Chris Galvin has put in honourable service at both the Orrery (for which we won a star) and the Wolseley (which he helped launch). But for most diners, his name only became known with the opening - in partnership with his brother Jeff - of Galvin's ('Bistro de luxe') in Marylebone last September. Now, in double quick time, he's helping put the family name above the door of this potentially spectacular dining room (though the actual head chef is André Garrett).
Tastefully, if neutrally, revamped in brown and taupe, the room occupies the entire 28th floor of the only major London hotel the Queen has never visited. When you see the spectacular aerial view of her garden, you can understand why she wasn't that keen on its construction. Indeed, the room's panoramas of the West End - and, after the recent relocation of the bar - the City, really are extraordinary.
Cue warning bells and klaxons: surely great views and great cooking are mutually exclusive? Well, it's early days - in fact, I was the place's first paying customer - but the early signs are encouraging. Apart from the setting, strengths included some very good - if not especially ambitious - dishes, such as a perfectly judged pavé of organic salmon, and a very tasty trio of chocolate desserts.
That's not to say there were no quibbles. Service was generally solicitous, but might it not have been polite to mention that that unspecified glass of 'Bollinger' was vintage, and was going to cost £28.50? Also bread was a non-event and filter coffee came with cold milk. When bills could so easily reach a ton a head, these are the sort of details it would be good to get right - however favourable one's initial impressions.
22 Park Ln, London, W1K 1BE
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||11:45 am-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||11:45 am-3 pm|