The Pelham,an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of South Kensington, have launched its playfully vibrant fashion-inspired menu in line with the opening of The Victoria & Albert Museum’s latest exhibition: Mary Quant.The 60’s Mod experience, designed in partnership with luxury event planners La Fête,draws on the history of the British icon who has been immortalised by fashion iconography as the originator of the miniskirt to present a colourful selection of decadent savouries and luxurious treats, all carefully prepared by the hotel’s Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo and his team.
From mini-dresses to vibrant prints and makeup, the afternoon tea experience acts as a guide to the British High Street and the life of Dame Mary Quant – a great introduction before being whisked away to visit the highly anticipated V&A exhibition. Menu items include ‘Swinging London’: dainty finger sandwiches of chives, butter & salmon or cooked ham and light mustard on spinach bread, ‘Quant’s Crayons’: vibrant multi-coloured mini buns filled with cherry tomato and mild cheddar; and cucumber and aromatic cheese. Punchy sweets will include ‘Bazaar’: an open macaron topped with whipped cream, a variety of raspberries and dulcey raspberry coulis that has been creatively encased in a Quant-inspired nail varnish bottle, ‘The Dame’: a quintessentially British Victoria Sponge Cake, complete with icing sugar and an almond marzipan flower, and several other creative masterpieces including a ‘edible lipstick’ of dark chocolate. Guests can hydrate on ‘Forever Mini’ cocktails, named in celebration of Quant pioneering the mini skirt and innovating modernity. Combining rum, gin, blue Curacao, vodka, tequila, lemonade and orange garnish, the ‘Forever Mini’ is both fiery and sweet, a fitting taste to coincide with Quant’s energetic personality. What’s more, a mocktail ‘Plastic Fantastic’ is also available which helps to cleanse the palette.
Founder and Creative Director of La Fête, Charlotte Ricard-Quesada says,“Mary Quant is an international fashion icon, and it was not only a pleasure, but an honour to incorporate her aesthetic, vision and story in this afternoon tea. We have truly loved collaborating with Alfredo Russo’s team to bring to life some out-of-the-box ideas such as the chocolate lipstick or raspberry coulis nail polish. We can’t wait for the public to come and experience what promises to be one of the most exciting afternoonteas of the year!”
The decadent culinary experience, held in both the picturesque Library and Drawing Room, is an ideal five-minute walk from the Victoria & Albert museum and the fifth in a series of foodie-pairings inspired by the V&A museum. As with the previous immersive dining experiences, guests with receive complimentary access to the exhibition following the afternoon tea experience.
The Pelham & La Fête’s Mary Quant Afternoon Tea is priced at £55 per person including a ticket to the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A (Including VAT and 12.5% service charge).
The Pelham & La Fête’s Mary Quant Afternoon Tea is priced at £40 per person, excluding a ticket to the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A (Including VAT and 12.5% service charge)
Reservations for the Culinary Fashion Experience at The Pelham London will be between 3.00pm and 5.30pm [weekdays and weekends] bookable online.