The Shangri-La London has again turned pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, with vibrant pink décor, pink-inspired artworks and a rather special Pink Afternoon Tea at @tinglondon Restaurant. [Disclosure: we were guests of the Shangri-La London hotel but all enthusings are very much my own.]
This wonderful afternoon tea is as delicious and luxurious as befits a Shangri-La creation and the fact that the Shangri-La team continuously supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with rose-hued dining, means so much.
My family has been directly affected by breast cancer and I’ve had the honour of working with charities in the sector – I know all too well how badly it can affect families.
What’s more, a portion of the proceeds from the pink provisions available at TĪNG Lounge and Restaurant will be donated to the breast cancer ward of Guy’s Cancer, the hotel’s charity partner.
Shooting up in the lift to the 35th floor, we we greeted by a beautiful pink floral display and the beautiful angel wings that artist Niki Pilkington (whom I’ve loved for years) has painted over the city vista.
Walking through from the foyer to Ting, we were welcomed to our seats and handed sanitised iPads (in lieu of paper menus) so we could peruse the extensive tea menu.
It began with a flourish; the cool palate cleanser tea was presented on a bed of dry ice…
…swiftly followed by a glass each of rosé champagne.
The savoury tier is a symphony of selection – an intriguing cucumber, cream cheese & Sriracha sandwich; a chicken, cranberry & sage ‘‘sausage’’ roll slice; ‘‘pink’’ roast beef sandwich with horseradish; smoked salmon on rye; and a beetroot, stilton & walnut quiche.
The design of the delicate and delicious pastries were chosen by four brave women from Guy’s Cancer, who joined forces with Head Pastry Chef, Emma Watts to inspire the new creations this year.
Claire’s Courageous cherry Macaron, Claudette’s fig & hazelnut tart, Clare’s raspberry Crémeux with pink peppercorn & lemon ganache and Fortune’s lychee & rose sandwich were all lovely.
We also loved the pink scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and a zingy pink grapefruit curd.
So very pretty in pink.
The afternoon tea is delicious, and a very special way to show support by sharing time with some of the lovely ladies in our lives. Oh, and argue over whether it’s cream then jam, or jam then cream. Which way do you lean? I prefer cream then jam myself.
And the view is ok I guess. [BE STIIL MY HEART.]
This Pink Afternoon Tea at Ting in the Shangri-La London is available throughout October.
Ps. while breast cancer screenings were temporarily paused in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vital service has since resumed. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity for all people to prioritise their health and that of their loved ones. Please check yourself.
So, jam then cream, or cream then jam?
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