MAJESTIC MEDLEY: London’s Berkeley hotel is marking Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, adding a royal twist to its traditional English afternoon tea.
The Queen, whose birthday is on April 21, is the latest muse for the luxury hotel’s Prêt-à-Portea project.
Prêt-à-Portea — The Royal Collection takes its inspiration from hats, jewels and bags worn by the Queen and the royal family. It includes a range of biscuits, choux buns and other assorted treats.
Highlights include the Queen’s coronation crown in the form of a vanilla biscuit with edible diamonds and the Launer London cake handbag that she donned to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding.
A blueberry cake with sugar roses takes its cue from a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat worn by the Queen. Other royal-inspired treats include designer Angela Kelly’s Canadian maple-leaf hat done as a strawberry panna cotta macaron as well as Princess Beatrice’s Philip Treacy fascinator.
The afternoon tea will be available from April 18 to 24. The menu ranges from 45 pounds, or $64 at current exchange, per person to 58 pounds, or $83, including a glass of Champagne.
In addition to the special menu, the Berkeley will host a Prêt-à-Portea — The Royal Masterclass from April 16 to June 30, where guests can learn how to make a selection of regal pastries, including the coronation crown biscuit, with head pastry chef Mourad Khiat and his team. The class is priced at 150 pounds, or $216, per person.
Khiat said that 2016 “is an exciting year for London, as we celebrate this very special birthday of Queen Elizabeth and her years of dedication to our country. Our fashion-inspired afternoon tea has always been a favorite with visitors and Londoners alike, and we felt this was the perfect way to join in the nationwide celebration. The Berkeley is only a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, and I will personally be making a celebratory afternoon tea delivery to mark this special occasion.”
Launched in 2006, Prêt-à-Portea is a fashion-inspired tea offering that takes cue from designs seen on the catwalk. The selection is updated every six months.