04/09/2011

Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley

If there is one English tradition I adore, it has got to be afternoon tea... It is the perfect excuse to indulge in eating sweet little pastries on a normal day, and though I don't have much of a sweet tooth this is something I love doing from time to time. But mostly what I enjoy about afternoon tea is how it seems to be the ultimate experience in civilised dining, with delicate china, elegant pastry trays and monogrammed cutlery. My favourite places for afternoon tea in London include of course The Wolseley, The Dorchester and now... The Berkeley.


A friend of mine, writer of one of my absolutely favourite blogs, Deux Armoires, was in London for a couple of days with her family, and she organised this little outing for a few of us. I was joined by Hubby Dearest and Monsieur Baby, and we all had an amazing time. By the way do head to Deux Armoires and check out her amazing pictures and travel reviews, it is totally worth the click.

The Berkeley's afternoon tea is slightly different: hosted in the Caramel Room, it draws inspiration from fashion (let's not forget London is one of the fashion capitals of the world) and is called Prêt-à-Portea... Each pastry, 'verrine' and biscuit is created with a designer's collection in mind (we had a little Victoria Beckham handbag, a Jil Sander panacotta with creme de menthe...) and even the china is high fashion, designed by Paul Smith. It is delicious, though I have to confess we all broke down in fits of laughter when listening to our waiter's accurate description of each of the inspirations, he couldn't have looked less interested in fashion himself but he did a stellar job of explaining everything! The two babies in attendance were totally fascinated by his speech...


The whole experience was lovely, and I particularly enjoyed the fact that the whole atmosphere is lively and totally unstuffy, and our babies' antics didn't disturb anyone. I'll definitely come back here! The only things I missed were a linen table cloth (that's always nicer than little placemats), and perhaps a stronger brew of tea, as my Lapsang felt a bit bland.


Fashion Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley
Daily 13:00 to 18:00
Prêt-à-Portea £36.50
Champagne Prêt-à-Portea £46.50

http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/
Wilton Place
London SW1
0 207 235 6000

4 comments:

Black is the New Black said...

How fabulous! Will have to check it out the next time I'm in London.

deuxarmoires said...

It was great meeting up with you, Monsieur Baby and your hubby. You've got a lovely family. =)

LittleS said...

@deuxarmoires, thanks! We had an amazing time and loved spending time with you and your adorable family. Please do let me know when you are next in London.

Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

LittleS, I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to meet you, L, DA and J. Let's organize another one when DA is in town. It sounds like all of you had a ball.