Afternoon tea is a common thing in London. After all, this age-old tradition has commenced on British soil. But despite its long existence, it’s popularity is not waning. Instead it has actually become a regular offering in many hotels. The Berkeley in Knightsbridge is one hotel that takes pride in their own version of the afternoon tea, dubbed as Prêt-à-Portea, and it will surely delight every fashion-inclined travel glutton.
For 41 British Pounds (GBP) per person, joining the Prêt-à-Portea is like getting front row seats to a showcase of the latest and finest designs in fashion, only that the entire collection is edible. And just as the fashion seasons change, the fashionista’s menu also changes. In Prêt-à-Portea’s case, every six months.
Prêt-à-Portea’s Spring/Summer 2014 selection includes “Christian Louboutin’s chocolate biscuit Pigalle Spike heel with fresh turquoise hue icing and signature red sole” and “Miu Miu exotic skin tote bag with chocolate pecan moelleux”. Other designers are also featured: Oscar de la Renta with “flirtatious summer pistachio sponge cake dress topped with poppy seed parfait and edible flower”; Victoria Beckham with “graphic geometric cherry and white chocolate mousse shirt”; and Simone Rocha with “pineapple and coconut Savarin shirt dress with a “wow” lime punk spun sugar”. Drinks are not only limited to a wide array of tea choices. Guests can also treat themselves to some champagne, though charged additionally.
The tea party happens every day from 1pm-5:30pm. This leaves you plenty of time to explore Knightsbridge, an upscale area in West London. There’s Hyde Park where you can put your rowing abilities to the test, Harvey Nichols and Harrods for shopping, and the Natural History Museum for some science action – all not very far from The Berkeley.