Art Afternoon Tea
The Rosewood Hotel in London has just launched its Art Afternoon Tea experience, where the hotel’s executive pastry chef Mark Perkins takes us on a creative journey with pastries inspired by renowned artists, including Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst, and Banksy.
What could be better than spending the afternoon enjoying the vibrant London art scene? An afternoon eating it.
The Mirror Room
The Art Afternoon Tea is served within in the elegant Mirror Room, to the left of the Rosewood Hotel lobby.
High ceilings, quirky art works and plenty of rose gold set the tone for an afternoon of decadence.
Classic Afternoon Tea with a Twist
The Art Afternoon Tea experience begins in traditional British fashion with a selection of sandwiches and scones.
Maldon smoked salmon with cream cheese and lemon.
Le Madru Ham, Comté cheese with a slither of wholegrain mustard.
The classic, but remarkably delicious, egg mayonnaise and chives.
Freshly-baked scones are accompanied by smooth clotted cream, home-made strawberry jam and zesty lemon curd.
The selection of teas is also impeccable. With a range of white, yellow, green, black, oolong and even pu-erh infusions, tea connoisseurs will not be left wanting.
The staff is very attentive and quick to top you up, or change your tea set for a new flavour.
Edible Works of Art
The pinnacle is of course the edible masterpieces designed in homage of iconic works created by contemporary artists.
Banksy’s Girl With a Balloon, appears on a white chocolate cube filled with a vanilla cream pastry, oozing salted caramel.
Nodding to the recent exhibition by the Japanese sculptor Yayoi Kusama, Chef Perkins creates a baravois inspired by Kusama’s pumkins. But don’t be fooled. As modern as it looks, the pastry tastes like a fruit basket – a timeless blend of strawberry, vanilla cream and shortbread cookie. A lovely touch of the familiar in the unexpected.
Motifs of Damian Hirst’s works find themselves in a berry macaron with yuzu curd and a redcurrant heart. Crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.
Paints down, the best macaron I’ve had in London.
The Art Afternoon Tea is priced at £55 per person (£65 per person with a glass of “R” de Ruinart Champagne or £67 per person with a glass of “R” de Ruinart Rosé Champagne). It is a fantastic option for a special occasion – art lovers and foodies will be blown away.
But don’t forget to wear a loose belt and get that pinky up! This is fancy!