From Harper’s Bazaar to The Telegraph to Vogue and beyond, everyone is raving about the fashionista tea hosted by the Berkeley Hotel in London’s upscale Knightsbridge area. Oftentimes when I hear an excessive amount of praise, particularly by the media, I become hesitant. This hesitance vanished when I began reading bits and pieces of the menu. Shoe cookies inspired by Alexander McQueen, cakes inspired by one of Moschino’s most recent collections, Dolce & Gabbana inspired panacotta….it really is just as amazing as it sounds. The best part? You can keep asking for more! Want to know how much of a glutton I am? I went through several rounds and asked for a fresh set to go. How cute is the display? Even the menus and take away boxes are fantastic.
I somehow attempted to justify my gorge eating by walking everywhere. Honestly, it probably didn’t cancel out, but it was well worth it.
The Carmel Room’s staff is incredibly accommodating and courteous, and the ambiance gives off both a tradition elegance and modern funk. It was an incredible experience, and I deem it a must-do for anyone living or traveling to the city. One thing I should caution you on is the price. It is not cheap, so if you fast beforehand, you can get your money’s worth. 🙂
One aspect of the high tea at the Berkley is the changing of the menu with the fashion seasons. It keeps things fresh, fun, and fabulous for the locals, and the thought and detail that goes into each piece is pretty incredible. I often find that cakes that are too pretty taste rather disgusting. This is definitely not the case here. My two favorites from the array were the Moschino and Jimmy Choo inspired cakes.
Having also made plans to marvel at the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the V&A (more to come on that in a future post), it was amazing to see McQueen’s infamous “Armadillo” shoe come to life in shortbread form.
Ernestine Ulmer summarized my thoughts best when he said, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”