From May 19 to 25, 2014, three of Red Carnation's London properties are offering distinctive floral themed afternoon teas to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Egerton House Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge, offers guests three versions of the Floral Afternoon Tea: the original floral tea, a floral tea with Champagne and a gluten-free alternative. The aromatic tea is made from flower tea buds that stew in hot water for approximately one minute before bursting into bloom, resulting in a sensational cup of tea.
Floral afternoon teas include freshly cut sandwiches, homemade cakes with forget-me-not sugar flowers, and freshly baked plain and fruit scones served with clotted cream. Guests receive a special gift of forget-me-not flower seeds to plant at home as a lasting reminder of their visit. The teas start from $54.00 per person.
The Milestone Hotel, located opposite Kensington Palace, will serve an Ode to a Flower Afternoon Tea. The pastry chefs have worked tirelessly to combine the finest ingredients and botanical flavors, culminating in a mouth-watering spread that includes rosewater macaroons and elderflower fancies. "Ode to a Flower" Afternoon Tea is priced at $62.00 per person.
Last year, The Rubens at the Palace in Victoria made botanical headlines with its Living Wall. Standing at nearly 1,150 square feet and with a total of 10,000 herbaceous plans, the exterior wall is quite a spectacle. Its plant list includes a wide variety of native species and those deemed by the Royal Horticultural Society as attracting insect pollinators; drawing bees, butterflies and birds. Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show will want to see this stunning wall and can also sample the Living Wall Afternoon Tea. This flower-power afternoon tea is designed by Pastry Chef Danielle Maupertuis and will feature the hotel's home grown blooms and a selection of eclectic sandwiches including pulled pork, Parmesan and basil chicken and brie with truffle. The "Living Wall" Afternoon Tea is priced at $50.00 per person.
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