Dust off your Regency best, as The Lanesborough partners with Netflix & Shondaland to launch London’s exclusive Queen Charlotte-themed afternoon tea
This limited-edition tea will pay homage to the Regency era; a time of great reveling and high style, of elegant parties, balls, and grand dinners, with a contemporary twist.
Setting the scene, the Queen Charlotte Afternoon Tea will take place in The Lanesborough’s richly decorated dining room, naturally illuminated during the day by a domed glass roof while seductively aglow under softly lit chandeliers in the evening. A Regency icon in the capital, beneath the original sky dome there is bas-relief artwork meticulously cast from 250 different moldings, and Wedgwood china mounted on the walls, evoking a sense of Regency neo-classical grandeur.
A variety of Signature Teas will be on offer, including a specially made Queen Charlotte blend. A delightful floral and black tea blend, this drink is characterized by deliciously sweet notes of fruit and rose petals, making for a wonderful afternoon treat. Also available will be the Lanesborough’s classic Breakfast Tea, in addition to traditional black, green, and herbal teas.
Carefully crafted by The Lanesborough’s Head Pastry Chef, Salvatore Mungiovino, the menu will pay tribute to the key characters in Queen Charlotte, in addition to ‘Lanesborough House’ as we now know it, remodeled in 1825 in the fashionable classical style by William Wilkins at the highpoint of Regency era and today, London’s quintessential Regency building.
Finger sandwiches will comprise of Tea cured salmon, lemon and caper cream, Coronation chicken, golden raisin, fresh coriander, deviled egg mayonnaise, mustard cress, Organic cucumber, cream cheese, basil and chive, Montgomery cheddar scone, with cheese custard. To accompany the savory flavors, The Lanesborough’s delectable scones, cream, and jam, will be served. Mungiovino’s curated cake and sweet treat concept will include four signature highlights, including:
- Your Majesty – dedicated to the star of the show Queen Charlotte, sitting regally atop the cake stand – Your Majesty is an exquisite hand-crafted sharing cake, with hues of gold and red this elegant and delicate strawberry scented cream bavaroise, infused orange gel, almond crunchy base, sprayed with red chocolate. The crown is edible and made from Royal Icing fitting for a Queen.
- King George Dreams of Venus – in honor of King George III and his love of astronomy, The King George is a cake of distinction and his pet nickname for his Queen, to the planet Venus. A planet sphere made of 54% chocolate mousse, jasmine infused dark chocolate ganache, coca sable, glazed on blue and white and universal stars.
- The Lady Violet– Inspired by Lady Violet’s elegant fashion this elegant chocolate bavaroise, mango compote, lime chantilly, seated on shortbread finished with tempered chocolate, and sugar flowers.
- Danbury Delight – Inspired by Lady Danbury’s love of hats and jewels, showcasing the Danbury signature purple, made from Berriolette pistachio gateaux, combined with a vanilla whipped ganache, sitting on a vanilla sable base finished with purple tempered chocolate.
Inspired by the original Regency Gin Punch, the essential cocktail that formed part of quotidian social life during the Regency period, The Lanesborough’s Head of Bars, Mickael Perron has created The Queen Charlotte cocktail; a refreshing recipe combining Fords Gin, Chambord liqueur, cranberry, exotic lychee, home vanilla sweetness and lime sunshine, topped with Champagne for the Royal seal of approval. For a non-alcoholic option, The Lanesborough will offer a Noughty Sparkling Rosé, served with cranberry juice, exotic lychee, home vanilla sweetness and lime sunshine.
The Lanesborough’s Queen Charlotte Afternoon Tea is priced from £75 per person; from £85 per person with The Queen Charlotte cocktail; or from £90 per person with a glass of House Champagne. Children’s afternoon tea menu from £35pp for children under 12. Available as Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free.