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Coinciding with the horticultural (and London) favourite that is the Chelsea Flower Show, InterContinental London Park Lane have just launched their Scents of Summer afternoon tea.

Executive Chef Ashley Wells has joined forces with Edward Bodenham (9th generation of British Family Perfumers Floris London) to create a tea, which as the name suggests, is inspired by the floral scents of summer. 

Served in the Wellington Lounge, the tea begins with strawberry pearl wheatgrass and citrus mist palate cleanser before moving onto sandwiches which are served in the way perfumes should be smelled. So they start with a light top note of rose pickled cucumber with mascarpone before moving onto salmon and bergamot in lemon bread. A spicier combination of pink peppercorn and thyme chicken is followed by a rich honey roast pumpkin with crumbled feta served on spinach bread.

Traditional scones are given a floral twist with Earl Grey infused butter and pink peppercorn lemon curd, don’t worry if this all sounds a little too alternative, as you’ll also find the traditional clotted cream and strawberry jam being served too (although maybe work on expanding your palate too).

To finish Pastry Chef Luis Meza has worked his magic to design a collection of cakes that champions the quintessential English Garden as well as signature notes from the classic Floris fragrances. You’ll find jasmine tea cakes decorated with edible flowers sitting alongside bergamot and blackcurrant flower marcaroons; peach melba mousse and a grapefruit and almond tart with violet cream, whilst fresh summer berries and chocolate garden stones refresh between the flavours.  

Think of it as the answer to when you perfume that smells so good you want to taste some, you foolishly do (don’t deny you haven’t done this at some point in your life) and are sorely disappointed and left with a burning tongue. 

The limited edition Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea is priced from £45 and will be available from May 18 through Sept. 27th 2015, Monday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Bookings are essential and can be made on 020 7409 3131.