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London is considered one of the most important cities in the art world; it’s home to galleries people travel miles to visit, it’s home to some of the world’s best art schools and it’s produced some of the world’s best artists. The ever burgeoning art scene is exactly what has inspired Rosewood London’s Head Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins’ ‘Art Afternoon Tea’.

The tea celebrates 5 of today’s most iconic artists: Yayoi Kasuma, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Banksy. The Yayoi Kasuma chocolate and passion fruit dessert evokes Kasuma’s recent exhibition at the Victoria Miro galleries, you know, the one you’ve seen all over Instagram. Alexander Calder is known for his wire sculptures and so taking inspiration from that, Perkins has created a red chocolate glazed cake that, indeed, resembles a Calder sculpture. The boldly coloured coconut and raspberry sponge was of course inspired by abstract impressionist artist Mark Rothko. While the colourful, spotty white chocolate tart took inspiration from Damien Hirst’s pharmaceutical-style series of spot paintings. Finally, inspired by Banksy’s iconic ‘Girl with a balloon’ is the white chocolate cube that features a miniature replica of the artwork itself. As with all traditional afternoon teas, there’ll be finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and homemade strawberry. A harmonious meeting of traditional and contemporary, we’d argue.

The afternoon tea is to be served in the hotel’s Mirror Room; the atmospheric, lowly lit, mirrored room makes for a perfect spot to host an art inspired afternoon tea. As well as the little art pieces on your plate, admire the 3D artworks by Simon Bingle that adorn the wall. Rosewood London itself has an established reputation as leading exhibitor of contemporary artists and is also the hotel partner of Frieze London. It’s no surprise the art has made it’s way into the kitchen*, and as it turns out, it tastes pretty great.

*not to say food isn’t an art!

Rosewood’s ‘Art Afternoon Tea’ launches next month