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London hotel offering Bridgerton-themed afternoon tea

Fans of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton fans can now enjoy an afternoon tea inspired by the show at a hotel on Hyde Park Corner.

Five star hotel The Lanesborough has partnered with the streaming giant and production company Shondaland to launch the event, as the second season of the period drama was released on 25 March. 

The Lanesborough is recognised as a building of special architectural and historical interest with a Grade II* listed status and one of the finest examples of regency architecture in London.

HOTEL HERITAGE: The Bridgerton afternoon tea at the Lanesborough

The Lanesborough’s managing director Stuart Geddes said: “The link to Bridgerton feels so comfortable to be partnered to The Lanesborough, as the hotel’s heritage and DNA is all drawn from this era, so much so it could be part of the Bridgerton set.

“The Bridgerton-inspired afternoon tea is enjoyed in the grand regency dining room of the hotel, quintessential for these times and a perfect place to watch high society London all over again.

“Just for a few hours, guests can be taken back to a time of enterprise, extravagance, and high living in one of London’s most beautiful and atmospheric dining rooms.

“Afternoon tea is one of London’s quintessential traditions and our hope is that our partnership with Bridgerton appeals to broader and wider audiences from the UK and further afield, to come and experience the hotel. 

“It also really is one of the prettiest afternoon teas in the capital.”

CULTIVATED: Bridgerton-themed treats designed by Miller

But the setting is not the only nod to the series. 

The Lanesborough’s head pastry chef Kevin Miller created five treats inspired by different characters of the show as well as by the Bridgerton family, to be enjoyed alongside sandwiches and homemade scones. 

Among them, The Queen’s Diamond – for character Edwina Sharma – is a hand-crafted chocolate in a ring box, and The Lady Whistledown is a cake representing the writer’s inkwell and quill.

Geddes added: “My favourite is ‘All is fair in love and war’ – the signature cake consisting of a baby blue rosewater cheesecake, adorned by the signature bee of Bridgerton.”

As for drinks, in addition to teas and champagne, the menu also proposes The Pall Mall cocktail and its non-alcoholic version. 

For this special cocktail, The Lanesborough’s head of bars, Mickael Perron, revisited the original Regency Gin Punch with a nod to the Sharma family with the lotus, the national flower of India.

ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR: One of the signature Bridgerton treats

Emma, a blogger invited by the press team, said: “I enjoyed the menu and the play on the names for the cakes and the food. The attention to detail with the cakes, and tiny boxes to open made it all a little different. 

“I particularly loved the colour changing Pall Mall cocktail created exclusively for the tea, with the fresh petals. As beautiful as it was refreshing.”

Cecile heard of the afternoon tea on Instagram and decided to celebrate her mother’s birthday there.  

She said: “The past two years have been a roller coaster for so many and having missed so many family birthdays, I thought it was the perfect treat for my mum’s 60th whilst she visits from South Africa.

“I must say, it’s been my favourite one yet. I’ve done a couple of the well known afternoon teas around London but this one, combined with the perfect theme felt very authentic. 

“Each food item not only told a story but was very tasty too.”

CREATIVE: The colour-changing Pall Mall cocktail

The Bridgerton afternoon tea is being served until 1 September and for more information call 020 7259 5599 or email [email protected].

All image credits: Oetker Collection

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