The Waldorf Hilton, situated on the tree-lined thoroughfare of Aldwych, is stepping back in time to offer guests a contemporary twist on the Argentine Tango teas that the hotel was famous for in the early 1900s.
Celebrating 100 years since the Argentine Tango was performed at The Waldorf Hilton, the hotel is launching the Tango Supper. Starting on 8th July, every month (excluding August and September) through 2012, The Waldorf Hilton will host its Tango Supper in the hotel’s English Heritage protected, Palm Court, the very room that inspired the ballroom of the Titanic.
Upon arrival guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of Fantinel Rose before a 45 minute dance class with Argentine Tango professionals, Leonardo Acosta and Tracey Tyack-King, who have a combined teaching experience of 48 years. Leonardo comes from a traditional Argentinean family and was introduced to the Argentine Tango from the age of seven when his father taught tango in Buenos Aires. Tracey has danced most of her life and has a background of Ballet, Ballroom and Latin American dance.
Following the dance lesson, guests will be treated to the Tango Essence cocktail. Created by mixologist, Daniel Carvalho, at the hotel’s Good Godfrey’s bar, the cocktail is a blend of Martin Miller’s Gin, Mandarin Napoleon, forest tea, fresh lemon juice, vanilla sugar and a dash of rose water.
Guests will then sit down to a dinner whilst Leonardo and Tracey take centre stage in Palm Court and perform their Argentine Tango, inviting diners to take to the floor as well. After an evening of fine food and exquisite dance, guests can retire to their room at The Waldorf Hilton for an overnight stay and breakfast the following morning.
The UK’s first performance of the Argentine Tango took place in 1910 at the Gaiety Theatre across the road from The Waldorf Hilton and caused an overnight sensation. The dance quickly gained popularity and The Waldorf Hilton was one of the first venues to host Tango Teas – teaching London the sultry moves of this iconic dance.
The Waldorf Hilton’s heritage dates back to 1908 and the hotel is undergoing an extensive project, including a multi million pound refurbishment, to bring back the hotel’s art deco character and style.