Hunky Dior-y: The Christian Dior Exhibition Gets Extended

By a woman smiling holding a drink in black and white Emily Gray |
12th March 2019

It’s the biggest exhibition of the year, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A and news just in has revealed that the sell-out extravaganza has been extended to run until the 1st of September. The V&A will release additional exhibition tickets on the 15th of each month, for the month ahead – so exciting – and the first batch are officially on sale and can be found here.

To celebrate the legendary designer these five hotels have created limited edition cocktails, afternoon teas and menus and the chance to get your hands on tickets which are selling as fast as Dior’s latest collection.

The Berkeley

The Berkeley

The most fashionable afternoon tea, The Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkley has been reinvented for the Dior exhibition. You’ll 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.

Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Website: www.the-berkeley.co.uk

The May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Hotel

As the official of Hotel of London Fashion Week the May Fair naturally had to celebrate the biggest fashion exhibition of the year. Alongside their Christian Dior overnight experience which offers an overnight weekend stay for two and two tickets to the exhibition, they also have a Dior cocktail collection. Based on three of the designer’s most famous dresses, the cocktails are available individually or as a flight, and includes the Pérou made from Hennessy Fine De Cognac, honey, sage, lemon and Moët et Chandon Brut. It’s time to raise a glass to one of the world’s most influential designers.

Cocktails available until the 30th March 2019. Christian Dior overnight stay available until 14th July 2019

Where: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, W1J 8LT
Website: www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

The Franklin Restaurant

The Franklin Restaurant

Just three minutes from the V&A is boutique hotel, The Franklin who is celebrating the exhibition with a menu in partnership with La Fête inspired by Dior’s life and brand. Start with the Éclair Cousu-Main, a cheese and truffle éclair, that pays tribute to Dior’s self-penned cookbook, La Cuisine Cousu-Main. Tuck into sandwiches which pair the traditional with the unusual just as Dior’s designs do, we’ll be going for the smoked salmon with courgette and soy sauce. Pastries include, J’Adore, a peanut sponge with dulcey chocolate cream and vaporized Calvados perfume spray and The Pink House, a lemon pink macaron, referencing his childhood home in Normandy.

Available now until 1st September 2019

Where: The Franklin London - Starhotels Collezione, Egerton Gardens, London, UK
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.4 miles)
Website: www.starhotelscollezione.com

K Bar at Townhouse Kensington

K Bar at Townhouse Kensington

Taking inspiration from Dior’s first collection in 1947, La Ligne Corolle (The Flower Line), the K Bar at Kensinnton Town House has created the Corolle cocktail. A twist on the classic French 75, it’s made from Martell XO Cognan and Perrier-Jouët “Belle Epoque” 2011. Whilst the majority of us might not have vintage Dior, we will be able to have these cocktails, not quite the same admittedly but life isn’t fair.

Where: Townhouse Kensington at The Kensington, 109-113 Queen's Gate, SW7 5LP
Website: www.townhousekensington.com

Baglioni Hotel London

Baglioni Hotel London

Whilst they aren’t creating a dedicated Dior afternoon tea, the Baglioni can guarantee you a ticket to the exhibition which is said to be sold out for the next couple of months, it’s that sought after. After visiting the hotel for their Italian meets English afternoon tea where you’ll find the likes of Sicilian cannoli, tiramisu and scones with cream and both jam and Nutella, you can then head to the museum to see the exhibition.

Available until the 31st March 2019

Where: 60 Hyde Park Gate, London, SW7 5BB
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.6 miles)
Website: www.baglionihotels.com

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