At The Plaza's 'Downton Abbey' Exhibition, Spend an Afternoon like an English Aristocrat
Limited-edition tea and cocktails will celebrate the show's iconic characters.
If you’re an anglophile, a devoted Downton Abbey viewer, or you just want to experience what it’s like to live life among the upper crust, you’ll probably be thrilled to learn that The Plaza hotel has partnered with NBCUniversal International Studios to bring Downton Abbey: The Exhibition to The Palm Court.
From November 18, 2017, through January 31, 2018, The Palm Court will offer guests a chance to live a day in the life of the aristocratic Crawley family during its Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Tea, which will part of the restaurant's famous Afternoon Tea service. The Downton Abbey-themed tea will serve an exclusive blend of loose leaf tea from St. James tea garden in Sri Lanka. The tea has “light and copper color, an almost chocolaty aroma, and will delight those who love full-bodied teas,” according to a statement from the hotel.
The hotel will also be serving a curated cocktail menu which pays tribute to the show’s iconic characters, including, “The Earl of Grantham, made with Earl Grey tea and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, The Dowager Countess, made with crème de violette and St-Germain, and The Branson, with hot apple vanilla tea, mulling spice infused Hennessy VSOP, and Allspice dram liqueur.” Downton Abbey-inspired shortbread cookies will be served with the tea and cocktails.
Guests can continue their immersion tour of the Downton Abbey universe at 218 W. 57th Street, where an exhibition highlights the history and culture of post-Edwardian England, as well as the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run.
Sounds like a fitting tribute to Downton Abbey: Treat yourself to a lavish, indulgent day of tea and cocktails at The Plaza—just as any self-respecting wealthy English aristocrat would do in her downtime—and then finish off your day with some actual historical background the era in which the show takes place. Playing dress up never sounded so classy.