Inspired by the latest and highly-anticipated Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition: “Mary Quant”, The Pelham-Starhotels Collezione and La Fete have launched a unique Mary Quant inspired Afternoon Tea.


The Pelham Hotel London, in the heart of South Kensington, is one of those gems that you find: intimate, stylish and with that inimitable ‘homey’ feeling to it. Guests indulging in this afternoon tea will be led to a secluded corner or private room (the library or drawing room) of the hotel where plush sofas encourage you to sit back and relax.

Now for the tea itself!

Mary Quant Afternoon Tea at The Pelham London

Mary Quant Afternoon Tea at The Pelham London

The savoury items were up first, which featured the ‘Swinging London’, dainty finger sandwiches of chives, butter & salmon or cooked ham and light mustard on spinach bread; the ‘Quant’s Crayons’,  vibrant multi-coloured mini buns filled with cherry tomato and mild cheddar; and cucumber and aromatic cheese. The sandwiches were perfectly proportioned – in ingredients and size – and a fantastic initiation into the indulgent tradition of afternoon tea.


The sweets included: the ‘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.

We loved the traditional treats such as ‘The Dame’ – a miniature Victoria sponge cake – and the decadent eton mess, with raspberry coulis on the side. Other intrigues such as the ‘edible lipstick’ were inspired twists on the traditional version of British tea. Not to be missed, of course, were the quintessential British scones, with a choice of passion fruit, strawberry and raspberry jams.


Whilst we sampled some of the exquisite teas on the menu, the highlight of this Mar Quant-inspired tea could be said to be the ‘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.


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