London’s Most Fashionable Afternoon Tea Returns

By Lottie Hulme |
15th February 2019

It’s known in the fashion and food community that if you’re hunting for a designer-based afternoon tea you’re going to want to strut your sassy stuff down to Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley. The hotel’s pastry chef, Mourad Khiat, has turned to some of the most influential fashion designers in the world for inspiration, creating iconic arvo-tea’s that look so good we just don’t even want to eat them! Trends seen on the catwalks made their way into past tea’s in the form of a Gianduja chocolate mousse garnished with an individual farfalle pasta bow (Dolce & Gabbana) and a chequered chocolate and vanilla Battenburg cake inspired by Stella McCartney’s covetable chequerboard summer pumps.

Now? It’s the turn of ultra-famous fashion designer Christian Dior just in time for the arrival of the much anticipated Dior exhibition at London’s V&A Museum. Dior designs – that you’ll recognise if you’re a sucker for a catwalk – have been sown into creatively crafted cakes and patisserie to bring another outlandishly awesome afternoon tea into our lives for another year. 

So who are the stars of this Christian Dior show? Well, the Bar Suit comes to mind; synonymous with Dior since it first took to the catwalk in 1947 as part of Christian Dior’s debut collection. This will be designed as a rich chocolate biscuit embellished with cream royal icing… and we’ve just gone to cake heaven, if there were such a place that is!

Not finishing there, you’ll also discover fancies such as a red velvet cake inspired by that famed 1995 Lady Dior Handbag which was gifted to Princess Diana, a bottle of Miss Dior Eau de Parfum inspired by the designer’s own sister, Catherine and Christian Dior’s 1954 Muguet dress, inspired and named after his favourite lily-of-the-valley blooms into a delicate pavlova topped with coconut marshmallow and a white sugar bow.

The fashionable afternoon tea will be served in the Collins Room at The Berkeley from 1pm – 5.30pm every day at Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL, www.the-berkeley.com

Take a look at Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Victoria Beckham afternoon tea here or if you’re into fashion just as much as we are then here are 28 catwalks to see at this year’s London Fashion Week.

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