Ooooooooo this afternoon tea treat had been on my to do list for almost as long as the Queen had been in reign!
As I headed to Hyde Park corner I was surprised to find I was among the masses…. Phew, I was relieved to discover they weren’t all heading to The Berkeley! They were off for adrenaline kicks at Winter Wonderland.
The Berkeley, my sanctuary, was safe!
I’d been longing to try the Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea – Like many of the female species, I have a weakness for shoes yet for some reason had a desire to nibble the heels!
The Berkeley’s legendary designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the world of fashion. The menu of couture cakes gets a makeover every six months to reflect the latest catwalk trends, colours and designs. For autumn/winter 2017-18, Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat designed a brand new Prêt-à-Portea collection of exquisite biscuits, bakes and fancies.
From the moment I stepped inside, The Berkeley magic came to life. Not one but two elaborately decorated Christmas trees with baubles and ruffles of flowers, graced the entrance and already I switched to festive cheer. I could imagine beautiful gymnastic and dance doing cartwheels and backflips on the shiny tiles!
After a cheeky glass of bubbles in the Blue Bar, with flutes delicately engraved with the ubiquitous honey comb pattern. we headed for our table in the Collins Room. Of course afternoon tea wouldn’t be the same without bubbles! Then the feast began!
Sandwiches first were nice but we were there for the sweet treats. Then. They. Arrived. Decadent mini parcels of shoes, bags and clothes all scrummily packaged and decorated exquisitely. Ummmmmmm which one to devour first…. Should I nibble Burberry, Miu Miu or Gucci??
My favourite was a tough call…….I’m a huge fan of Anya Hindmarch and her quirky style. Her almond based fox bag was up there, one, two, three, scone!