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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Prêt-a-Portea, a Fashionista’s Afternoon Tea in London

Straight from the catwalk onto a colourful plate, The Berkeley’s afternoon tea is set to wow the fashion crowd this winter season as designer items are turned into cakes, mousses and biscuits. Located in Knightsbridge, the heart of London’s fashion scene, The Berkeley launches its most exciting Prêt-a-Portea collection to date with showpieces including Louis Vuitton’s signature pale pink bunny ears and Mulberry’s must-have leopard print tote. Fashion fans are invited to eat their designer heart out on Matthew Williamson cakes and Dior macaroons after a day of shopping at style temples Harvey Nichols and Harrods!

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley includes fashionista delectables such as a fruity Dior blueberry macaroon boasting deep purple autumn colours and rich textures as well as a gold Christian Lacroix Valrhona chocolate bonbon reflecting the warm metallics everyone will be wearing this winter. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week and the return of Burberry to the London catwalk, Prêt-a-Portea features one of the label’s latest trench coat designs in the form of a cinnamon biscuit with caramel icing.

“The combination of colours and textures this season translates wonderfully into cakes and pastries,” comments Mourad Khiat, The Berkeley’s Head Pastry Chef. “The capital has been in the picture this fashion season celebrating the 25th year of London Fashion Week and we have made sure that young British design talent is represented on our tea stand next to the old-time favourites!”

The Berkeley pastry chefs visit London Fashion Week shows to get their inspiration for the colours and textures of the new collections. Patisserie for the Autumn / Winter collection will echo this season’s trends of radiant gold, black over the knee boots and the combination of pale pinks and beige colours.

For the ultimate fashion touch the hotel has forged links with Thomas Goode of Mayfair who has produced a bespoke collection of Paul Smith fine bone china to be used for the tea and for the icing on the cake, chilled champagne is served in Baccarat crystal flutes.

Prêt-à-Portea gift cards and notelets are also available to buy to give someone special an original present. They are designed and illustrated by fashionable artist Anzu and come complete with pink tissue lined envelopes.

Prêt-à-Portea is served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm every day priced at £35.00 per person. (£43 including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or alternatively for the fashion conscious, £49.00 per person including a glass of couture champagne)

For guests wishing to enjoy the finer things in life and experience London’s top attractions, shopping and culture, The Berkeley is located just moments from Knightsbridge. The Luxury Break at The Berkeley is the perfect deal for those who plan to enjoy a short break in London. Start the day with a delicious English breakfast before hitting the shops in Knightsbridge. From £365 per night, the Luxury Break includes a welcome bottle of Champagne and fresh fruit on arrival and a traditional English breakfast.

To make a reservation for Prêt-à-Portea call +44 (0) 20 7235 6000.
To make a reservation for the Luxury Break in London contact the reservation team on +44 (0) 20 7107 8841

About Maybourne Hotel Group
Maybourne Hotel Group whose headquarters is in Mayfair, London, owns and manages, Claridges, The Connaught and The Berkeley three of the world’s most renowned hotels. Maybourne hotels are committed to delivering authentic and unique guest experiences that reflect the individual nature of its hotels, its guests and its people whilst maintaining a timeless elegance and intuitive service style that are the hallmarks of its properties.

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