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Maybourne HotelPrêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley.

Mouth-watering Prêt-à-Portea delicacies with a fashionista twist.

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The fashion world has served to even inspire afternoon tea, like the one served at the Berkeley. Their Prêt-à-Portea menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion, following the latest styles and colours of the world’s fashion pinnacles. This year, the Spring/ Summer 2015 Prêt-à-Portea collection takes inspiration from a selection of renowned fashion designers.

The Berkeley has included two of Alexander McQueen’s most iconic designs to its afternoon tea collection to celebrate the launch of the Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The ‘armadillo’ shoes are transformed into a heeled chocolate biscuit whilst the feather Butterfly Hat by Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer Collection in 2008 is now a deliciously dark chocolate mousse with a chocolate miroir and a delicate red sugar butterflies.

The collection of cakes and savoury canapés include:

Giambattissta Valli mini tower of light pink joconde sponge ruffled with raspberry crème suprème and topped with a dramatic pop of pink spun sugar.

Oscar de la Renta’s iconic princess gown of coconut and lime mousse set on a sablé Breton with delicately placed green leaf icing.

Jean Paul Gaultier Crème de Menthe cremeux with dark chocolate ribbon and mint jelly finished with white orchid meringue, rhubarb crisp and edible purple petal.

Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen’s butterfly hat with chocolate glazed gianduja mousse.

Emilio Pucci’s summer coat of light cheesecake and apricot Emanuel sponge finished with bold dark chocolate buttons.

Elie Saab’s Red Degrade Silk Georgette dress duo of blended strawberry and mango bavarois with mango compote, topped with flame like sugar frill.

Alexander McQueen’s “Armadillo” vanilla shortbread shoe with cream icing and edible sparkles.

Anya Hindmarch’s Big Eye Collection handbag of blueberry victoria sponge wrapped in light blue chocolate with candied cartoon eyes.

Lisa Marie Fernandez’s chocolate shortbread ‘Alexa’ bikini with green icing and sweetly trimmed cream ribbon.


Straight to the palate. Products as delicious as they are hard to come by cooked or bottled, in limited series, under the supervision of the finest experts.

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