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High Tea
High tea

Berkeley Hotel High Tea

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Berkeley Hotel overlooks Hyde Park and is within easy reach of Knightsbridge and London's famous shopping, and an easy walk to many of London's acclaimed museums and landmarks.

The Berkeley pool is one of only two rooftop pools in London and has a retracting roof and wonderful views over Hyde Park. It has a fitness room, spa and massage facilities.

Extensive renovations have added to the glamour and style of this five star hotel. The hotel offers a variety of meeting and banqueting facilities, which can accommodate from eight, boardroom-style in The Wilton Room, and up to 250 people theatre-style in The Ballroom.

Pétrus Restaurant and Bar offers fine dining — all food and beverage at The Berkeley is overseen by Marcus Wareing, one of London’s most admired chefs.

The Boxwood Café décor was inspired by a classical English garden and the menu reflects ingredients which would be found at a traditional British market. It offers the best service in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Blue Bar is a madly chic, 50-seat bar created by David Collins, a much admired English designer. The bar is white onyx, the floor is black crocodile leather print and everything else is Lutyens Blue. They have more than fifty whiskies, champagnes, wine by the glass and mix classic and modern cocktails. Savoury and sweet tapas are served and a Grape and Smoke menu has been designed to pair cigars with wine.

The Caramel Room was designed by New York designer Alexandra Champalimaud. It has subtle lighting, chocolate wall coverings, faux-crocodile fabrics, all coming together to create a beautiful ambience. It is where people sit at bare-topped woodgrain tables, sip Moët & Chandon from Baccarat flutes and enjoy afternoon tea served on fine bone china.

They offer a selection of loose leaf teas and herbal infusions including English breakfast, jasmine, Earl Grey, Ceylon, lapsang souchong, blue flower, violet with leaves, vanilla and boysenberry.

Angela Esparza is the very talented creator of Prêt-à-Portea, a very clever slant and twist on the traditional British afternoon tea. Her cakes and pastries are inspired by the world of high fashion and are almost too beautiful to eat.

Some of her delights are a Gucci bikini biscuit, Manolo Blahnik high heel tuille, Dolce & Gabbana tropical éclair, Emanuel Ungaro white coconut shimmer meringue, Yves Saint Laurent vivid yellow mango pannacotta with sugar swirl and Paul Smith floral red berry cream slice. The doughnut menu has a selection of homemade miniature doughnuts with fillings from red fruit to Valrhona chocolate, bitter orange to mango, traditional crème patissiere or just dusted with sugar or cinnamon.


Knightsbridge in London


The Berkeley Hotel Prêt-à-Portea costs around $75 per person.

Flight Centre has return airfares to London valid for sale until October 10, 2005 in Sydney and October 31, 2005 in other cities. Valid for travel from Sydney between October 2 and November 24, 2005. Valid for travel from Brisbane between October 1 and November 11, 2005 and January 16 and March 31, 2006. Valid for travel from Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide between October 4 and December 04, 2005. Fares include taxes and conditions apply.
  • Sydney $1561
  • Brisbane $1585
  • Perth $1744
  • Melbourne $1750
  • Adelaide $1762
    To book call Flight Centre on 131 600

    Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

    More information

    The Berkeley
    Wilton Place
    London SW1X 7RL
    Ph: 0011 44 020 7235 6000
    Fax: 0011 44 020 7235 4330
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