There’s a pure joy in taking afternoon tea with a good friend, no, it’s not joy. That’s too rambunctious a word. Bliss. (Thank you for adding embedding this phrase into my psyche, Katherine Mansfield.) Disclosure: we were guests of The Lanesborough Hotel for their homage to Cruelle De Vil, but all literary metaphor excitement is purely my own.
Bliss is the best word, as afternoon is a little touch of magic to the ordinary day. There are champagne bubbles dancing in your glass, you have lovely company to chat the afternoon away with, and delectable tiered delights arrive on your table.
The Lanesborough Hotel is a magical place. The sunshine shimmers through through the vaunted ceiling, softly reflecting on glossily laid tables and
“It’s A Little Bit Mad” pairs one of London’s most beautiful dining settings under the naturally illuminated domed glass roof of Michelin-starred Céleste, with a striking, sophisticated black, red and gold-hued tea inspired by the glamorous pop-culture icon. Expect a stylish celebration of fashion and rebellion, blending traditional patisserie expertise with an unexpected, modern aesthetic that is utterly Instagramable and “a little bit mad” – just like Cruella herself.
The newly released (at the time of writing) the Cruella movie is set against the backdrop of 1970s London with hints of punk rock, Disney’s most notorious, super chic villain is back on our screens, with more attitude than ever.
The savoury selection is deletable: sandwiches with egg & cress mayonnaise, smoked salmon with cream cheese & dill mint yoghurt, & cucumber Coronation chicken accompanied by a luscious prawn & lobster tartlet which was the perfect ratio.
Our beautiful scones are titled “out with the old, in with the unexpected.” They are chocolate chip and dried cranberry scones baked square, served with clotted cream and strawberry jam served in individual glass vials
We couldn’t decide between which of the sweet tier was our favourite;
Runway Diva | Treacle tartlet with whipped dulcey ganache garnished with red lips
Fashion Makes Art Makes Fashion | Black and red chocolate and raspberry Battenberg cake with cranberry jam
Rebel Heart | Fragmented black heart with white chocolate feuilletine base, yoghurt raspberry mousse and liquid hibiscus centre
Modern Masterpiece | Gold inside out lemon cheesecake with blueberry compote and a blackcurrant and violet injection
Totally Unexpected | Red choux bun with caramelised banana and pecan nut crema
Perhaps if pushed, it was the delectable Anarchy Reigns – Millionaire shortbread presented on a mini artists easel.
It was all immaculately present, beaufitfully executed and the team couldn’t have been lovelier. Bliss. That’s what it was.
And the doesn’t even mention the signature cocktail – but I’m going to leave something for you to discover yourself, turn your own page as it were.
There were even enough to take home & enjoy the next day.
When you go, don’t forget to relax in the wood-panelled Library Bar, where the pianist plays you happy birthday as you sip cocktails with your friends, feeling like you’re amongst the pages of a Jane Austin novel.
The sheer joy of food memories. *Sighs like a 19th Century heroine*.