By Sylvie Berthiaume - At destination
People who have refined taste are satisfied even prior entering very chic Berkeley Hotel, on Wilton Place, in Knightsbridge, London. The doorman wearing the frock coat and a bowler hat assists the guests arriving in their Rolls Royce, Bentley and other Maserati.
Be reassured, he will welcome you with just as much deference if you arrive by taxi or walking…
In the Collins Room full of daylight, mirrors, clear grey armchairs, and white-yellow-lilac China tea wear, the waiters spin around with the Gold or Rosé Champagne flutes on silver trays and the delicate displays of petits fours.
Guests sitting at the next tables - business people or families dressed in a luxurious casual way - murmur their ecstasy as Chef Mourad Khiat elegant and funny pastry creations are brought.
Indeed, at Berkeley Hotel, "Afternoon Tea” gains freedom from tradition, under the "Prêt-à-PorTEA" signature.
Dresses, bathing suits, bags, shoes, as beautiful as tasty
At first glance, saliva is activated! Sweets steal the limelight to small salted sandwiches, which are modernized as well.
Regular clients return at least every six months, to admire the new biscuits, cakes and mousses reproducing forms and fetish colors of the great international designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Versace, Ellie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, etc. Some even represent exquisite theatrical productions: why not a French Cancan!
The Berkeley Hotel also moves away from English tradition, when it comes to liquid smells and flavors. The tea and herbal tea menu presents at least a dozen of choices, from around the world.
It also suggests "tea-fancies pairings", as for wine and food.
And you can choose between the hot and the cold drink.
When and how?
Every day, from 1H00 PM to 5H30 PM. From 52 to 72 Sterling Pounds, depending on your preference for Champagne region or color, and tea plant or country. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.
Even the Doggy Bag is superb. Most people make sure to keep a few bites to leave with it, to show off their chance and extend their own pleasure at home.