You might dress like a fabulous diva but do you dine like one? The trendy hotel W London has launched a Fashion Power Tea in collaboration with London’s Design Museum for Women Fashion Power, an exhibition that celebrates female fashion as a form of self-expression through the ages.
The afternoon tea begins with classic sandwich options like Cucumber & Greek yoghurt and Roast chicken & lemon butter, notably served on a ceramic cake stand that was designer themed shoes with a flat tray on top – our shoes were the classic black and white Chanel heels but I also spied some mega Gaga platforms. The currant scone served with clotted cream and jam had a wonderful, crumbly texture and was clearly fresh out of the oven. The main attraction of the afternoon tea was the desserts though where the fashion side comes into it.
There’s great fun to be had in recognising where each piece got its inspiration from, for example there is a slab of marbled red and white velvet cake with a strip of marzipan and red GAGA stamp which imitates the singer’s infamous meat dress that she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The next is the Vivienne Westwood: a rich milk chocolate mousse encased with tartan chocolate and orange candy floss on sticks to mimic the wild crop of hair the designer famously sports. The final piece is Coco Chanel, playing on Champagne and pearls, as a ring of Champagne truffle dotted with white chocolate pearls and a champagne parfum spray in the middle which can be spritzed or unscrewed and drunk.
The tea is very aesthetically pleasing as you would imagine given it is a fashion tea and the serving trays are gorgeous – where do I get one?? Although the portions are small, by the end I was feeling stuffed, perhaps due to the richness of the chocolate desserts. All in all, the Fashion Power Tea was a great experience and the W Hotel is the perfect fashionable setting to enjoy it in.
The Afternoon Tea at W London costs £27.50 and is running alongside the exhibition at London’s Design Museum until 26th April 2015.