Dress Code Etiquette; Elegant smart casual; no shorts, vests, sportswear, flip-flops, ripped jeans or baseball caps. Burberry Trench Optional
Always an avid fan of the Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea at the The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge for many years now. The Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea gives a scrumptious brand experience like no other British establishment, that takes you on a journey from start to finish.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of its afternoon tea, once only available for mummy, daddy and adults alike, To mark this anniversary it is now providing the Pret-A-Portea Tea for Little ones. Priced at a purse friendly £20. The tea provides a mini fashionista tea like no other destination in the heart of London.
For those unbeknown; The-Pret-Portea afternoon tea is a legendery afternoon tea like no other. The Berkeley’s legendary designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. Featuring Christian Louboutin, Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Moschino, Lanvin and Jason Wu to name a few. The Afternoon tea celebrates Designer fashion by turning our favourite fashionable items into cakes and biscuits.
The menu is on rotation every 6 months to celebrate the changing elements of the fashion world through culinary taste. The menu of mouth-watering delicacies with a fashionista twist is transformed each season to follow the changing trends in fashion.
Curious to see the new revamped hotel And the new Children’s afternoon tea, I went with my minis to experience the new Pret-A-Portea experience. On a rainy British afternoon in London we headed to the beautiful Berkeley Hotel, located in Wilton Place Knightsbridge. I was transfixed by the transformation. The tea room had kept its traditional decor of the original Caramel Room whilst updating its interiors with a modern twist. Now located in the new Collins Rooms, the afternoon tea is served in a decor of splendidness. You could be in Paris, but your not in Paris. You are in the middle of Knightsbridge close to the Mecca of shops Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Sloane Street.
The new revamped tea room also features a sweetie installation that makes me feel like I am in New York at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Walking into the tea room is an experience like no other and it is breathtaking. Teenage girls with their families take court at the centre taking selfies and snapshots of their Burberry Trench coat cookies and Lanvin delicacies. The Pret a Portea experience is enhanced by the staff and the fact they are so extremely welcoming to children and happy to serve even when there is a tantrum over orange juice with bits:)
The staff are happy to serve you and are well trained in there descriptives of the menu and the history of the brands that you are about to eat. The staff and the clientele at The Berkeley are happy to see children and they smile as we enter mentioning how cute they are (watch out they haven’t eaten the Burberry cookies yet). As we sit down with our beautiful lilac Menus our server a lovely waitress explains the whole concept behind the menu, her stealth & knowledge of the brands and cakes is overwhelming.
The Berkeley Hotel pride itself on being a traditional British Hotel brand much like its sister counterpart in Mayfair; Claridges. It captures traditional British Heritage & culture through the the art of their impeccable eye to detail, quality cuisine and Immaculate service through the eyes of The Marylebone Hotel Group.
The history of the Berkeley is one that is very interesting, it was once located on Berkeley Street London and the corner of Piccadilly. It was the base for the drivers of mail coaches travelling to the West Country, it was initially named the Gloucester coffee house. As a by product of its popularity it began to expand, and became a hotel for travellers both to and from London who were travelling on the mail coach services.
With the invention of the railways in 1897 the building was formally renamed The Berkeley Hotel, and it became a location trusted by the parents of debutantes to keep an eye on the reputation of their daughters. As a result the hotel began to expand and eventually moved to its current building on the corner of Wilton Place, Knightsbridge in 1972, designed by the British architect Brian O’Rorke. It is the only hotel in London to boost a rooftop pool.
London’s original fashionista tea, Prêt-à-Portea began at The Berkeley in 2006. In celebration of this milestone anniversary the collection for AW16/17 features the 10 Greatest Hits of the collection.
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary the Berkeley Pastry chef Mourad Khiat has chosen 10 of his favourite creations from the past 10 years: fashion moments from an array of distinguished designers, recreated as exquisite biscuits, bakes and fancies.
This seasons Menu consists of the following cakes and Assortments:
- Dolce and Gabbana’s duo of blackcurrant bavarois and star anise pannacotta, topped with chocolate owl dress design.
- Jason Wu’s romantic cherry bavarois and coconut cream topped with playful pink skirt and biscuit heel.
- Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi quintessential pointy toe stiletto ginger biscuit.
- Burberry’s classic trench coat chocolate biscuit with creamy royal icing.
- Charlotte Olympia’s dramatic cinnamon biscuit boot with black and red icing.
- Simone Rocha’s ethereal embroidered tulle dress vanilla éclair filled with salted caramel crème patissière.
- Nicholas Kirkwood’s pearl pump sachertorte layered with raspberry, chocolate ganache and Valrhona crémeux topped with delicate silver pearls.
- Jimmy Choo’s glittery gala pointed-toe shoe velvet praline cream cake with hazelnut croquant and sweetheart bow.
- Lanvin’s almond sponge, honeycomb and chocolate mousse draped with a light meringue ruffle.
- Moschino’s blood orange Victoria sponge ‘yellow M’ handbag encased in red chocolate
Tea Selections include the following;
- Savoury Loose Leaf Tea Pairings
- Nilgiri Frost, Bohea Lapsang, Ceylon & Rose, Assam Breakfast, Earl Grey
- Whole Peppermint leaf, Whole Chamomile Flowers, Lemongrass & Ginger
- Jadesword Green
- Sweet Loose Leaf Tea Pairings
- Earl Grey
- Wuyi Oolong
- Jasmine Silver Needle
- Blackcurrant & Hibiscus
The waitress recommended the Rose Ceylon Tea, also explaining the seasonal selection of cakes and biscuits that we would be having. The reasons behind the menu and the designs are the inspiration behind the Autumn Winter 2016 collection.
There is no afternoon tea like this in London. If you are in London and want an afternoon filled with edible Lanvin, Burberry and Moschino. Head to The Berkeley Hotel. You are also given a goody bag featuring your delights and goodies to take home. The Bathroom has a changing table and nappies and the hotel is extreme in being child friendly.
The Prêt-à-Portea service is served daily from 1pm – 5.30pm. To book a place online:
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