Palm Court Strings return to The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

By Natalie Blachford

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is welcoming back one of its most popular regular events for 2018, as Shelley van Loen and the Palm Court Strings return for Sunday afternoon tea.

The highly-renowned quartet will be performing on Sunday 25 March, as well as the last Sunday of the month in April and May.

Guests can book a sumptuous afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches, sweet treats and scones with jam and clotted cream, and enjoy two hours of musical arrangements dating back to the early 1900s.

Established in 1982 by Shelley van Loen, the Palm Court Strings have performed at Laurence Olivier’s 70th birthday accompanied the BAFTA ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall, but count The Grand as one of their favourite venues.

Shelley van Loen said: “We are very proud of our residency at The Grand because traditionally it is an extremely important place in the history of Palm Court music with various bands and groups playing there since 1903. The Grand is the perfect setting for this style of music as The Great Hall has some of the best acoustics in the country.

“Guests should visit The Grand because it is simply spectacular. The events offer the chance to sit in a beautiful traditional English hotel, enjoy a very high standard of musical entertainment and indulge in an outstanding afternoon tea –  for value for money it really doesn’t get better than that.”

Afternoon tea with the Palm Court Strings will take place on Sunday 25 March, Sunday 29 April and Sunday 27 May, starting at 2.45pm. Costs £32.50pp or £41pp with a glass of Champagne.

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