The new season Prêt-à-Portea has arrived
First served in 2005 The Berkeley’s fashion-themed tea has had a longer career than most models. Hell, a couple more and it’ll be too old for Leonardo DiCaprio.
The London hotel’s playful couture cakes take inspiration from the world’s leading designers, and it’s become a favourite of fashion-lovers and afternoon tea-lovers worldwide.
The new season’s collection opens with Loewe’s Anthurium dress – a viral sensation, apparently – this time made from Sacher sponge, espresso caramel and Valrhona 70% chocolate mousse, set on a croustillant base and topped with a chocolate flower.
After that, comes a tribute to Vivienne Westwood: a Madagascar vanilla biscuit portrait, complete with red hair.
Hermès’ tasselled bucket bag appears in the form of Victoria sponge with apricot jam, wrapped in chocolate and finished with a chocolate feather plume, the while Moschino tribute – tropical mousse with a banana and passion fruit centre, set on Sablé Breton biscuit – comes finished with a meringue flamingo.
Making the Prêt-à-Portea debut are Zimmermann and Thom Browne. For the former, it’s a cylinder of joconde sponge, filled with blueberry bavarois, topped with a chocolate skirt and wafer thin biscuit legs, akimbo. For the latter, it’s an avant-garde fraise des bois tart with strawberry crémeux, topped with a lime and mint truffle and red chocolate hat.
Bringing the show to a close is Kenzo and a cake made to share: velvety citrus cream with lemon confit and coconut gel, set on a Sablé biscuit base and topped with sugar flowers.
The Spring/Summer season of Prêt-à-Portea is available now, and is served from 1pm – 5.30pm every day, priced from £80 per person. For reservations, just click here