This best part of this little ole blog of mine is the interaction with readers. Canadian Sarah contacted me 8 months ago as she planned her amazing trip to London and Paris with her super cool mum Sheila. Imagine my delight when they invited me to join them for Afternoon Tea at Knightsbridge’s très chic hotel, The Berkeley. My London life just keeps getting better.
Many a night has been spent sipping champagne in the Blue Bar at The Berkeley hotel but this very unique afternoon tea in the cosy Caramel Room was a new experience. I’m not going to lie, the idea of afternoon tea without scones and clotted cream didn’t exactly tickle my fancy but what a pleasant surprise. Not only was the service welcoming, complete with a wee table name keepsake for Sarah, and the champagne flowing, lovely Sarah was surprised with a birthday dessert, candles et al! Perfection!
The attention to detail was there from the beginning with our little cakes served on crockery by famed British designer Paul Smith for Thomas Goode (add it to your wedding lists ladies!). The Prêt–à–Portea afternoon tea features biscuits and cakes from the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection from some of the world’s top brands including Valentino, Miu Miu, Jill Sander, Lanvin and my personal favourite Bottega Veneta. They’re so pretty; the idea of destroying them almost kills you, but your taste buds will thank you! Have you ever seen anything so pretty? The sherbet coloured goodies screamed sugar but much to my surprise, the sugar levels balanced well. It goes without saying that I’m going to have to return each season just to check out the latest fashion (desserts). I tell you, the things I do for this blog…
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