Its fair to say that Prêt-À-Portea have created the ultimate afternoon tea experience by combining food and fashion, two of the top things most girls coo over, whilst throwing in a sophisticated backdrop within the Caramel Room of the Berkeley Hotel for good measure (its safe to say its worlds away from my usual haunts, Starbucks and cosy club anyone?!) Recently the boyfriend and I reached a pretty big milestone (we've been together four years if you were wondering) so to mark the occasion we decided to celebrate in style during our trip to London this past weekend by indulging in the creme de la creme of afternoon tea. No trip to London is complete without a trip to Knightsbridge. Please tell me im not the only one who walks through the designer accessories room in Harrods and people watches the millionaires purchasing x amount of items?! So with the Berkeley just a hop, skip and a jump from my dream location (have I also mentioned that SpaceNK is just within reach) made the experience all the more exciting.
Once seated we were greeted by the most beautiful Wedgwood china, a bright pink high heel shoe with my name on it and presented with a folder explaining the menu, and how each item related to a designer accessory. Firstly we were presented with a plate of sandwiches, which were demolished within seconds after a hectic day of shopping, and a pot of tea. With an array of flavoured teas to choose from, we both opted for Vanilla, a personal favorite thanks to Laduree. This was swiftly followed by the piece de resistance, three tiers of pure afternoon tea delight. My personal favourites included the Jason Wu Coconut Hatbox and Manolo Blahnik Chocolate Biscuit, whilst Tim happily consumed the Tory Burch Magenta Bikini, Alexander McQueen Honeycomb Cream and Dolce & Gabanna Pistachio Panna Cotta.
After several helpings, we were presented with a little handbag full of sweet treats to take away. So full we could burst its hardly suprising that these weren't looked at till the next day. Its safe to say that we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Okay, theres no denying that Pret a Portea is a little pricey (£39 per person) but when your plates are continuously topped up with scrumptious pastries and savouries remnant of the work of your favourite designers, to the point that you may explode at any minute, then id say that its worth the price.
Since our visit friday the menu has changed to the Autumn/Winter collection, so if your planning a girly shopping trip to London, or just fancy a treat, then I would definitely recommend reserving a table in the Caramel Room for Burberry Trench Biscuits, Saint Laurent Victoria Sponge Cake Bags and Vivienne Westwood Mint Green Macaroons. Have you guessed that im dreaming about a second trip already!!
Have you experienced Prêt-À-Portea??