Afternoon tea

Prêt-à-Portea: the Couture Cakewalk

Arriving perfectly dressed for the new season, the Spring/Summer 2022 Prêt-à-Portea collection showcases couture cakes inspired by designers from Lanvin to Gucci. A contemporary twist on afternoon tea, this playful and stylish edit is set to become another favourite for sweet-toothed fashionistas.

This season’s collection opens with Oscar de la Renta – a striking orange gown crafted with apricot bavarois, salted Manuka honey and apricot ganache, topped with a meringue frill. A hero handbag from Michael Kors – whose bags were seen filled with flowers on the catwalk – has been created as a Victoria sponge with fresh strawberry jam, wrapped in an Opalys chocolate cylinder with flowers intricately piped with lime butter cream.

Gucci’s pink silk tuxedo has been reimagined in bourbon vanilla mousse and Emmanuel sponge, layered with peach compote and glazed with shimmering pink icing. This is finished with a thin chocolate jacket and bow tie. Meanwhile, Lanvin’s towering floral platform heels will stomp down the cakewalk made from chocolate biscuit, painstakingly piped with royal icing.

Schiaparelli’s couture golden mini dress combines caramel sponge, dark Valrhona chocolate and hazelnut praline, all topped with a shimmering, chocolate oversized collar. Richard Quinn’s buttercup yellow gown is immortalised in ice cream – chocolate wafer cones are filled with fresh fruit compote and pineapple and star anise sorbet, topped with bright yellow chocolate waves.

Finally, the Prêt-à-Portea pastry team have created a showstopper of a cake – designed to share – paying homage to Saint Laurent’s floral jumpsuit. An oversized red rose made of lychee mousse with fresh raspberry is set on a glossy white coconut cake, and finished with a green chocolate leaf.

As always, your tea also includes elegant canapés and sandwiches, with a selection of loose-leaf teas from our extensive collection.

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Platinum Jubilee Edition

Platinum Jubilee Edition

From Monday 30th May to Sunday 12th June, Prêt-à-Portea will be served with three special creations, each representing one of Her Majesty’s most iconic fashion signatures. First, one of the Queen’s most summery hats has been crafted with lime cheesecake, fresh lemon compote and almond sponge. This is finished with a flowery garnish.

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The perfectionist behind the pastry

The perfectionist behind the pastry

Following in his pâtissier father’s footsteps, the art of afternoon tea is personal for Head Pastry Chef, Mourad Khiat. Drawing on culinary traditions and catwalk collections from around the world, each delicate creation is an expression of Mourad’s impeccable taste. Balancing beautiful flavours with intricate designs for the ultimate statement piece.

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Time for tea, at home

Time for tea, at home

Bring the style of The Berkeley home with our couture china tea set, availabe to purchase from our online shop. Capturing the sartorial style of Prêt-à-Portea, this set features the same indigo, yellow and lilac palette you’ll find in the Collins Room and is made exclusively for The Berkeley by Bernardaud.

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High-fashion bakes and biscuits

High-fashion bakes and biscuits

'Prêt-à-Portea: High-Fashion Bakes and Biscuits' was published to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our iconic afternoon tea with 20 recipes and baking techniques from the hotel’s Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat.

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