Good Monday, Downton Divas! (SPOILERS FOLLOW BUT NOT ON A DRAMATIC SCALE)
As we all know now if we watched this Sunday's episode of Downton Abbey, the 1920's are really getting a showcase this season. Cousin Rose (she of the blushing complexion and wayward ways) keeps convincing Granthams to go to London and to hell in a jazz age handbasket, complete with gin & tonics and glittering flapper outfits.
In this episode, they all went to the Lotos Club (a real club, now demolished in 1920's London), where Rose set her cloche cap on a handsome African American lead jazz singer whilst her possy looked on in pre-Civil Rights-era horror. We all know that this will likely cause a stir back at home and lead to more drama later on but for now, lets all bask in the glow of 1920's London and its hallowed halls of hospitality.
One of our favorite 20's era London watering holes is the venerable Palm Court at the Park Lane Hotel. The hotel was built in 1927 and has wonderful Art Deco detailing throughout. We love the Palm Court's fabulous pink champagne afternoon tea. Rose and her new beau would adore it! Couldn't you just see them nibbling cucumber sandwiches while friends and relatives from the beau monde passed out over their Lapsang Soochang?
This impressive 1920's tea room has also hosted Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore who broke up here in the soooo sad 1930's era melodrama, The End of the Affair. The Palm Court is also open for drinks late into the evening so Lady Edith can stop off here after her sordid Notting Hill flat assignations with her new literary lover. (And by the way, if we all know Lady Edith we know that can't come to any good!)