Fashionista’s Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley

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 PrêtàPortea 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…

The Berkeley
Wilton Place
+44 (0)20 7235 6000

You can find more of my Afternoon Tea recommendations here


  1. 7 February 2012 / 21:26

    Love the Paul Smith dinnerware! How cute!

    • 8 February 2012 / 07:11

      It really worked well for the menu and setting, and I just love that added British touch.

  2. 7 February 2012 / 21:44

    i must go here milla! the little cakes look amazing!!
    xoxo, kristina

    • 8 February 2012 / 07:10

      Yes, you must! Real art work for dessert and such decadent surroundings.


  3. 7 February 2012 / 22:41

    Wonderful photos!! That afternoon was 4 hours of utter bliss!! That was such a great introduction to the high life in England (minus the scones and cream) and now that I’ve had a taste, I can never go back!! It was definitely hard to destroy all that pretty food but it was worth it! It was so great to finally meet you in person and I know Mum really enjoyed it as well!! Amazing food, outstanding service and incredible company–an afternoon I won’t forget! Thanks for helping make that possible! P.s. I’m still convinced you had a hand in my lovely birthday surprise 🙂

    • 8 February 2012 / 07:08

      Thank you Sarah! I still cannot believe we were there for 4 hours! They made us very welcome, non? The two of you are so lovely – what a treat to meet you. This may just be our local when you move here… Yes, once you go up the culinary mountain, there’s no way back down (thank heavens!). Start as you mean to go on, that’s the way I see it!

      Seriously though, I’m innocent. It wasn’t me! 🙂

  4. 8 February 2012 / 00:20

    Absolutely divine!!!


    • 8 February 2012 / 06:53

      That it was! x

  5. 8 February 2012 / 09:05

    Ah my sister told me about this – I’m dying to go ! Looks like you had fun & love your dress in that last pic!


    • 10 February 2012 / 13:56

      Next time you’re in London, you must try (but book in advance). Thanks very much for the compliment Kate!

  6. 8 February 2012 / 09:53

    Oh, more delectable tea and pastries! Ahem yay for Miu Miu!

    PS: Oh, so the address was for this post 😉

    • 10 February 2012 / 13:55

      I dedicate this post to you – jeez, HTML is not my friend!

      I actually thought of you whilst at tea. In fact, every time I see Miu Miu, you come to mind. 🙂

  7. 8 February 2012 / 12:19

    I agree, Pret-a-Portea is a special experience. And I saw from your picture that you had Gorgeous Ginger Fruit Infusion! Hope you liked it..The Caramel Room is a wonderful place to sample all of our wonderful flavours.

    Karen & Louise

  8. 8 February 2012 / 14:01

    I agree….Pret-a-Portea is sensational!!! I saw you had our Gorgeous Ginger Fruit Infusion… Hope you liked it.

    Karen & Louise x

    • 10 February 2012 / 13:53

      Oh, it was delicious and the ginger was nice and strong.

  9. 8 February 2012 / 18:10

    Yummy! Love high tea. Thanks for sharing Milla

    • 10 February 2012 / 13:52

      Do you have such places in NZ? x

  10. 8 February 2012 / 18:37

    how cool, meeting up with fellow Blogger lovelies! looks like you had a stylish and elegant evening out! x

    • 10 February 2012 / 13:52

      Very cool indeed!

  11. 8 February 2012 / 21:20

    What fabulous readers you have Milla!! I confess, I have never had a scone with clotted cream, is this some type of cardinal sin? What is clotted cream? It sounds delicious either way!!

    • 10 February 2012 / 12:25

      Blogging really has introduced me to some amazing people! Lani, I adore you but what’s this business about never having tasted clotted cream? It’s a quintessential British component to scones. Unfortunately, most places around the world serve scones with double/whipped cream (I think it has to be made here and doesn’t keep for very long). If you ever visit the UK, be sure to have scones with the real deal. Rich and creamy!

  12. 9 February 2012 / 13:52

    One of the coolest things about blogging is all the people you meet along the way. 🙂

    • 10 February 2012 / 11:47

      It really is, and I’ve met some truly amazing people. I’m even travelling across the Atlantic to meet two amazing women next month, just in case you didn’t know 🙂

  13. 11 February 2012 / 16:11

    Wow that looks like a quite the sweet feast! How lovely from the delicious looking treats all the way down to the fabulous dinnerware. The Berkeley will definitely be a stop on my next trip to London 🙂 xoxo

    • 14 February 2012 / 10:31

      Understated glamour at its best. What a delight and so pretty as well. I would have never considered such crockery, but it really worked (and added a very British touch).


  14. 11 February 2012 / 20:16

    This tea just looks the best. I really need to book!! I think it’s amazing that it changes with the fashion seasons, too.

    Loving the London Life posts Milla!

    • 14 February 2012 / 10:46

      I highly recommend it – next time you’re in town, we’ll go.

      London life is the best, as you already know! 🙂

  15. 12 February 2012 / 14:51

    What a perfect way to spend the afternoon and love that you got to see blogging buddies!! Happily following ~

    • 14 February 2012 / 10:50

      Spending the afternoon with like-minded people is always nice but combined with such good food and service = perfection!

  16. 13 February 2012 / 22:27

    Ah, the blue cake, and the cake with the bow on – adorable! 🙂 Looks like a very pleasant lunch, and sounds like an interesting hotel to have tea at, or maybe spend some nights at.

    • 14 February 2012 / 09:35

      Thanks Nina! Very feminine and tasty as well. The Berkeley is a very nice hotel right in the centre of London – great stop post-shopping!

  17. Anna
    22 February 2012 / 10:52

    oh my…how did I miss this post!! it reminds me of afternoon tea at Langham…everything looks so delicious!!

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