On good authority from Lady Whistledown, a social event not to be missed is coming to the ton this season…
Are you a fan of the popular Netflix sensation Bridgerton? If so, then read on, as the afternoon tea currently on offer at The Lanesborough in London should be on your list.
It was launched a couple of months ago to coincide with series 2 of the period drama, which tells the (mostly love) stories of a number of rich and famous families in a fantasy Regency England. I have watched some bits and pieces but in truth, cannot really get into it (perhaps too much true crime in my life right now?), yet it’s a fascinating concept where royalty and nobility are racially quite diverse; the costumes and the settings are exceptional, colourful and sparkly so it’s for sure a feast to the eyes.
And just as colorful and excellent is the Bridgerton Afternoon Tea I was invited to experience (I wrote about it for an italian magazine).
When we visited, I had coincidentally recently watched a TV show where Monica Galetti and Giles Coren visit unique hotels in the world and take up ‘position’ (albeit temporarily); in The Lanesborough episode Monica and Giles were concierge to the very wealthy clients staying at the hotel; I was excited at the prospect of spending a couple of hours in the stunning dining room, a Regency icon, beneath the original sky dome there is bas-relief artwork meticulously cast from 250 different mouldings, and Wedgwood china mounted on the walls.
Afternoon Tea with a difference
Carefully crafted by the hotel’s pastry team in collaboration with the show makers Netflix and Shondaland, the tea experience pays tribute to the key families in Bridgerton and is composed of a selection of finger sandwiches and brioche sliders, scones, cream and jam, and five signature sweet treats.
First thing first, we picked our brew from a fairly extensive selection of signature teas, and I went for my favourite Earl Grey. The drinks menu also feature bespoke cocktails and champagne (which we of course enjoyed!)
Then the tea caddy arrived, a visually colourful and attractive selection of classics and original items. The finger sandwiches were delicate and enjoyable, our favourite being the Coronation chicken; worthy of note was also the roast beef mini slider, really delicious.
The sweet treats were truly a work of art, each paying homage to a family or a character from the show. A lot of chocolate work in each of them, in the shapes of quills or cammeos to customise them accordingly, our favourite sweet item was the pistachio mousse and financier called the Lady Whistledown.
The final piece was so beautiful, and to share, aptly named All is Fair in Love & War – a cheesecake with raspberry compote and dusted in light blue cocoa butter with a bee motif, which is of course, the Bridgerton family’s emblem.
Sadly, very sadly (I am still regretting not asking for a doggy bag) we were too full to try the warm scones served with clotted cream and jam.
While the experience is not cheap (from £65 pp), it is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon and – especially if you’re a fan of Bridgerton – a memorable one for sure.
Make haste! It ends 1st September.