|London Underground Tea Service at The Park Lane Hotel in London. (The Park Lane Hotel/Transport for London)
Commuters are being invited to navigate the world's first subterranean subway system from the comfort of a luxury tea room, where pastry chefs have recreated the London Underground in pastry and cake form.
The Park Lane Hotel will be hosting a London Underground afternoon tea to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Tube journey which took place on January 9, 1863, between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway.
Pastry chef Sarah Hartnett's London Underground tea service begins with a cocktail circa 1863 made with Beefeater 24 gin and blackcurrant tea, in tribute to the brand that was born in the same year as the Underground.
Guests will then take a culinary journey to an edible London Bridge, made with egg, crème fraiche, sun-blushed tomatoes and arugula; a leek and asparagus and double 'Gloucester Road' tart; a saffron roulade with Coronation chicken and spinach representing the Circle and District Line, and 'Royal Oak' smoked salmon bagels.
Next stop is a tower of scones accompanied by clotted cream, 'Limehouse' Curd, 'Victoria Plum' jam and brief layovers at stations like Bank, Victoria, and Paddington where travelers will sample hazelnut pound cake, orange Victoria sponge, honey, lemon and pistachio cake and a white chocolate Oreo Swiss Roll, to mark Swiss Cottage.
The London Underground Tea Service will be offered January 9 until February 10 and is priced at £41 (€50).
Meanwhile, Covent Garden in London will also be hosting a slew of events related to the Tube's history, starting January 10.
For more info on Park Lane's tea service, visit http://bit.ly/Xewcx2.