Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley - Prêt-à-Portea

by - 11/07/2017

Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley - Prêt-à-Portea
Hi pinups! Something a little different for you today, but I couldn't resist sharing some images on my blog seeing as I took so many... but hopefully you'll see why!

For my sister's 30th birthday me and my mum wanted to visit her in London and take her somewhere special. Afternoon Tea was the first thing that came to mind, but we didn't want to do anything too traditional. So I searched online to find some more contemporary and fashionable Afternoon Tea options in London. That's where I came across The Berkeley.

"The Berkeley’s legendary designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The menu of mouth-watering delicacies with a fashionista twist is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion."

A delicate collection of cakes and fancies inspired by the world’s finest designers. With this being Spring Summer 2017. Below are some of my highlights...

Miu Miu’s retro bikini lime biscuit – the must-have swimwear making a splash on the seaside this summer season.

Balenciaga’s new perspective on street style, recreated as a raspberry bavarois and blueberry compote, topped with a kinky, slinky pointed stiletto biscuit.

Charlotte Olympia’s high-kicking ‘Chiquita’ banana pump biscuits to channel your inner Carmen Miranda.

Mulberry’s ‘it’ Pembroke bag in a Valrhona ivoire chocolate-glazed cake, inspired by British collegiate stripes.

Ralph & Russo pain de Gênes dress cake with velvet lavender cremeux and beriolette jelly, romantically topped with a showstopper sugar frill. // Emilio Pucci’s playful colour-blocked jumpsuit  reimagined as a caramelised pineapple compote with coconut jelly and strawberry bavarois, crowned with a psychedelic chocolate wave.
Everything was visually STUNNING. It's impossible not to take photos of the food when you visit a place like this. Looking around, everyone was doing the same with lots of 'oooos' and 'ahhhs'.

We started with a cocktail in the bar as we were early for our 2pm reservation and were greeted with complimentary bar snacks and an extensive drinks menu. I ordered what I think was an ultra fancy pina colada which was of course too drinkable and delicious.

Then we headed to our table for the Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea. Firstly the customer service was wonderful. It's easy to feel out of place in a setting like this when it's not your usual habitat, but we were made to feel really comfortable and relaxed. The menu was explained to us in clear detail which we certainly needed!

The menu starts with a glass of champagne, veloutés and sandwiches, which then led on to the main event. Not only was every single item served beautiful to look at and skillfully created, literally everything was delicious. We'd also mentioned at the start of our meal we were visiting for my sister's birthday, not to expect or request anything, but the waitress had asked if it were a special occasion. We were then delighted that my sister was served with an extra special birthday plate with chocolate writing and an extra treat. A really lovely and unexpected touch.

Overall, we had a wonderful experience having Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley. It surpassed all my expectations and I would certainly visit again. With the Prêt-à-Portea menu changing every 6 months, there's reason enough just to go back and visit to see what beauty they create next! It was a shame we just missed the new line up (which is now advertised on the website), and it felt a little odd to be celebrating Spring Summer 2017 on Halloween weekend. But even more reason to go back ASAP!

To find out more about Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley and the Prêt-à-Portea, visit their website HERE.

Where would you recommend visiting for Afternoon Tea?
Thanks for reading, pinups!

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  1. What a wonderful place to take your sister for high tea! If I'm ever visiting London I'll find my way there for sure :)