Park Lane is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon, especially when a stand filled with Four Seasons Afternoon Tea delicacies has been gently placed before you. Disclosure: we were guests of the Four Seasons Hotel, but all my musings are very much original.
Inspired by the historic halls of the world-famous arcade, Executive Pastry Chef David Oliver has created five bespoke pastries that take you on a sensorial journey, mirroring the visual experience you would have through the jewellery, watch, fragrance, fashion, beauty and housewares boutiques of Burlington Arcade.
All the better enjoyed with a sparkling glass of Ruinart (Brut, Rose, Blanc de Blanc) or Dom Perignon.
Recognized as one of the world’s most iconic luxury shopping arcades, Burlington Arcade celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2019. Burlington Arcade is home to a portfolio of global and independent luxury brands, offering a truly unique shopping experience.
The sandwiches are a twist on the traditional with a special side, much like Burlington Arcade itself – Persian cucumber, coronation chickent, Portland crab, Lambton and Jackson smoked salmon and curried egg with Montgomery cheddar and truffle.
Warm traditional scones are served with mandarin and cedar pine nut marmalade, and strawberry and vanilla jam, and thick clotted cream – and they were perfect to the bite.
On the top tier of the Burlington Afternoon Tea, are Chef Oliver’s signature creations: the Velvet Hat, Joss Flower, Gold Nugget and Burlington Battenberg cake – and the star of the show, the Burlington Beadle. Representing the world’s smallest police force, this stand-out pastry is modelled on Head Beadle Mark Lord and comprises blueberry cheesecake, made with vanilla, Sablé Breton and blueberry compote.
How gorgeous is the Burlington Beadle with his coat and hat!
Once we’d finished our crowning tier, we were also presented with slices of Battenburg, flavoured with chocolate and bergamot – the perfect end to our really rather lovely Four Seasons Hotel Afternoon Tea.
The Four Seasons is ultra glossy luxury, much like many of the Four Seasons hotels around the world.
What is your favouite tier of an afternoon stand? The savouries, scones or dessert level?
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