British food is hardly known to be incredible, but if there is one thing they do first class it’s high tea. The Berkeley’s Prêa-à-Portea, to be a bit more exact. It is what I like to call “Instagrammable” food at its best and brings out a playfulness in its guests like a little girl with her Barbie wardrobe. After you have chosen your champagne (obviously) and tea (I recommend the Berkeley blend), the afternoon tea is divided into two parts. The first one consists on rather standard finger sandwiches (which you take a bite to try, but don’t waste precious stomach space on). Part two is when the tower of colour arrives. Each little biscuit, macaron, jelly and mousse is inspired by a fashionable item from the big fashion maisons of the season. I have eaten the Burberry trench coat, Moschino’s red and yellow MacDonald’s handbag and Diane von Furstenberg’s orange mousse dresses, only to name a few. I have actually been to this high tea over ten times over the past years. The best part is that they refill the plates for you (especially if you have been fighting your best friend for the macaron). I know they do a “Lanvin’s almond sponge, honeycomb and chocolate mousse” at the moment that I’m dying to try!
Rules of engagement: You have to book early (sometimes months!) and you need to find somewhere to leave your husband for a couple of hours as this is not a manly session… I have seen a couple of brave male second halves trying to put on a brave face whilst eating pink striped handbags in marzipan. It just doesn’t work. Ask for a table near the windows as the light is better for photos.
Price: GBP52 without champagne and GBP62-70 depending of choice of champagne. The house champagne is Laurent-Perrier and it comes in brut and pink.
Location: The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL