Fashionista inspired tea @ The Berkeley

 

What’s the best way to celebrate your birthday in style? Easy. Champagne afternoon tea of course! 

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My flatmate (and fellow birthdate buddy) and I, had been researching places all over London for the past couple of months and with such a vast selection to dig through, we finally narrowed it down to one fabulous hotel located in Knightsbridge – The Berkeley’s FASHIONISTA’S AFTERNOON TEA.

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Prêt-à-Portea is their latest and greatest creation. With an assortment of colours and themes inspired by the worlds finest fashion designers. If you’re a fashionista then this would be right up your alley. 

After being seated on a luxurious caramel coloured leather chair, we were welcomed with of complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier bubbles and some brightly coloured green menus awaiting our our perusal. 

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Leading designers such as Jimmy Choo, Alexandra McQueen, Valentino and my favourite man of fashion at the moment, Moschino have all been used to create some mouthwatering cakes, elegant canapés and fancies for your tasting pleasure. 

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A selection of tea sandwiches were bought to the table first, followed by a beautifully presented three tier cake plate. 

A vintage tea pot of Opulent orange chilli tea was ordered and we were all set to go. All the china here is designed by Paul Smith, so quality has not been spared. 

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We came up with a divided strategy to eat 1-2 savoury then change it up with something sweet. Its all about life balances as they say 🙂

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Matthew Williamson Macaroon 

 

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Moschino ‘Yellow M’ handbag of blood orange and victorian sponge cake 

 

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The freshest fish with the smallest and most delicate mushrooms ive ever laid eyes on!

 

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Creamy than creamier goats cheese and chutney 

 

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Dolce & Gabbana’s whimsical owl with blackcurrant flavours of the forest and milk chocolate sprinkles 

 

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I just couldn’t get enough of this beauty of a cake – dark chocolate, gooey caramel centre with red and pink polka dots. Seconds please!

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Alexandra McQueens chocolate shortbread shoe with glittery icing 

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…and just in case this wasn’t quite enough for one sitting, we were each given a ‘Happy birthday’ plate with fresh fruit. A ‘special touch’ for two very lucky ladies. 

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Everything is constantly replenished, so as to be expected, you will no doubt over eat and why not I say, it cant be helped when you are surrounded by such good looking pieces of food art.

Another option is to bundle up the left overs in a cutesy fuchsia cardboard bag to take away with you. Just another glamorous touch that the Berkeley has to offer. 

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Top notch service, sophistication and pure elegance. A wonderful way to spend a birthday or any afternoon for that matter. Don’t forget to take a few snaps in the front foyer before you leave. Their flowers are designed by Mcqueen’s and I believe, are some of the best arrangements around. Just gorgeous! 

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