Fashion and the world of afternoon tea goes hand in hand like matching outfits. Current trend in this delectable world is to create eye catching cakes and fancies in the shapes of accessories and shoes to resemble latest collections of fashion brands. We have seen afternoon teas designed in collaboration with the likes of Jimmy Choo, Anya Hindmarch and Miu Miu. This Spring/Summer season during your travels, make plans to enjoy designer afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkley Hotel London. They have once again teamed up with fashion houses to offer you world’s best designer afternoon tea.
From the house of Alexander McQueen they have borrowed two iconic designs. First is the “armadillo” heeled shoe made of delicious chocolate biscuit. Second is the feather butterfly hat made by Philip Treacy for McQueen in 2008, it is now made of delightful dark chocolate mousse, chocolate miroir and delicate sugar butterflies. Both these McQueen creations are part of the ongoing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Other delights include a Giambttissta Valli inspired mini tower of light pink joconde sponge ruffled with raspberry crème suprème and topped with a dramatic pop of pink spun sugar. Coconut and lime mousse set on a sablé Breton and placed finely between green leaf icing to resemble Oscar de la Renta’s iconic princess dress. Contribution from Jean Paul Gaultier is a Crème de Menthe cremeux with dark chocolate ribbon and mint jelly finished with white orchid meringue, rhubarb crisp and edible purple petal.
For cheesecake fans Prêt-à-Portea has made one inspired by Emilio Pucci’s summer coat with light cheesecake and apricot Emanuel sponge, decorated with bold dark small chocolate buttons. How about a sweetened drink inspired by Elie Saab’s Red Degrade Silk Georgette dress? Enjoy the strawberry and mango blended bavarois with mango compote, and it comes topped with flame like sugar frill.
Anya Hindmarch, one of Prêt-à-Portea’s favorite designers has allowed them to use her Big Eye collection handbag, edible version made from blueberry Victoria sponge comes wrapped in light blue chocolate with candied cartoon eyes. Final fashion contributor to Spring/Summer 2015 afternoon tea is Lisa Marie Fernandez. Her eatable “Alexa” bikini is a chocolate shortbread draped with green icing and sweetly trimmed cream ribbon.
The designer afternoon tea also include savory skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and tea sandwiches. Menu consists of teas, coffees and champagnes (on request). Price is £45 per person plus 12.5% service charge. You can make reservations online from here.
Source: Berkeley Hotel