The Berkeley hotel in London unveils its latest Prêt-à-Portea collection, the property’s iconic take on the afternoon tea experience, showcasing a playful selection of couture cakes inspired by designs from Victoria Beckham to Nina Ricci. The bold catwalk-inspired creations have long been a fashionista favorite, with this season’s collection promising to delight.
This season’s collection opens with a striking Versace gown, immortalized in vanilla mousse, Emmanuel sponge, a fig and plum compote, all topped off with a fashionable fruit tulle skirt. Harris Reed’s standout coat for Nina Ricci is crafted with Valrhona dark chocolate supreme and yuzu ganache, set on a citrus pain de gênes and finished with a chocolate statement collar. Paco Rabanne’s shimmering ensemble is a Mont Blanc cake with a chestnut mousse and blackcurrant jelly, set on light caramelized chestnut sponge and topped with a glittering feather. Prada’s handbag of the season is a cinnamon blondie, glazed with silky white icing, and sandwiched with Ivoire chocolate.
Victoria Beckham’s trophy jacket is an orange sablé, intricately piped with royal icing. The legendary Missoni zigzag – this season showcased on a magnificent maxi coat – is depicted with Mandarin mousse and almond praline, wrapped in Joconde sponge, a topped with chocolate zigzags. Finally, this season’s showstopping sharing cake is an Alexander McQueen gown, combing Gianduja cream, miso caramel and hazelnut sponge, finished with high-shine shimmering glaçage and a chocolate frill.
Perfectly nestled between bustling Knightsbridge and leafy Belgravia, The Berkeley is the essence of contemporary chic and innovative luxury. Stunning rooms and suites are accompanied by world-class cuisine. From The Berkeley Bar & Terrace to Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley to the rooftop pool with jaw-dropping views out across Hyde Park, The Berkeley continues to surprise and enchant. Prêt-à-Portea is served daily from 1:00 p.m. to 5:43 p.m. and is priced from £80 per person.