You might have noticed there’s been numerous exhibitions, films and pop-ups inspired by the famed artist Vincent Van Gogh popping up across the capital this summer. From the Sunflower documentary that delves into the mystery behind his most famed masterwork to two (yes, two!) immersive exhibitions dedicated to the life and work of the artist, London can’t get enough. And well, it’s only set to get even more Van Gogh involved with the arrival of this new afternoon tea…
That’s right, Hotel Café Royal has jumped onto the Van Gogh movement, launching an afternoon tea inspired by his most famed works.
Launched last week, the Soho hotel announced an exciting new exclusive partnership with Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition, an immersive series bringing the famed artist’s work to life through two-story projections. The Van Gogh afternoon tea hopes to take guests on an equally immersive journey through food inspired by his works.
The hotel’s Head Pastry Chef, Michael Kwan, has meticulously crafted each item to draw inspiration from Van Gogh’s iconic paintings, from his Sunflowers through to Two Crabs, following a private viewing of the show.
Guests are invited to start with sumptuous sandwiches of crab and dill planted onto lemon bread, nodding to Van Gogh’s 1887 painting, Two Crabs, before munching through light-as-air scones.
For sweet treats, there’s the Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, a sunflower seed praline and salted caramel; The Starry Night, a pink grapefruit compost with orange marmalade; and a pecan crunchy, coffee mousse with taro sponge, drawing on the Van Gogh Self-Portrait, that’s served on its very own easel. Vegan, gluten free and halal options are all available too, so there’s something for every Van Gogh fan. Paint up the night and opt for the Champagne option to really level up the experience.
The Van Gogh afternoon tea hopes to take guests on an equally immersive journey through food inspired by his works.
The tea will be served in the Oscar Wilde Lounge, a room that’s seen it all over history. It’s where the likes of Wilde fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas, Aubrey Beardsley debated with Whistler and David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust, so, you know, you’ll be dining like the stars when flocking here.
The perfect stop off after exploring the Van Gogh: The immersive Exhibition, art lovers won’t want to miss out on this tea spot.
Hotel Café Royal’s Vincent Van Gogh afternoon tea runs 22nd July – 5th January 2022
Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, Soho, W1B 4DY