The Art of Apericena
It is exactly 17:00 hours and I am walking out the door of the office. London is basking in glorious sunshine. It would truly be anything but ungracious not to.
Nestled between Hamilton Place and Old Park Lane is the partially secluded garden - The Terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane. Somehow, the car engines and tooting on either side have no overbearing effect on the peace and tranquillity bestowed by this beautifully shaded space. Satisfactorily quiet to enjoy a wonderful conversation but sufficiently lively to remind you, you are in Central London. It is atmospheric and that leaves you wanting to longer.
Some cosy seats in the corner on the upper level of the Terrace, a glass of Aperol spritz, black pepper crackers and mixed nuts later and this is already proving to be a superb decision.
After work drinks, catch up with your SATC crew, a first date, this location is ideal! With London busy getting on with itself outside, settled for the Apericena; intriguing conversation and laughter inside, it's difficult to tell which I am enjoying the most. Or is it all just complimenting itself.
Apericena I'm told is a 'combination of the Italian aperitivo and cena (dinner) which offers more substantial dishes than those traditionally eaten for aperitivo.' And shortly follows focaccia with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, bruschetta with tomato pulp and basil Pecorino Sardo and fresh peas Parma ham and melon.
Available every day from 5 pm to 8 pm this is an inclusive offer. On Thursdays however, there is the added extra of shucked oysters. Proven or not, I chose not to find out and so avoided the pleasures of an oyster for the evening.
Slightly more subdued, the smell of burning cigars as this area attracted a clientele of cigar smokers.