The Berkeley in London launches Pret-a-Portea, the ultimate fashionista’s afternoon tea

The Berkeley in Knightsbridge launches its new Spring/Summer 2013 Prêt-à-Portea collection., designed to add a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious.

This seasons’ Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley includes fashionista delectables such as Jason Wu’s coconut “Carolyn” hatbox shaped cake bag sandwiched in retro leopard print chocolate, and Prada’s Geisha-like white chocolate and Grand Marnier oversized coat embellished with red poppies. Inspired by queen bees and generating a real “buzz” on the runway this season is Alexander McQueen’s whimsical yellow honeycomb cream oversized dress topped with marzipan bee.

Perfectly on trend this season is Balenciaga’s modern monochrome dark and white chocolate mousse dress set on a pine nut brownie topped with flamenco ruffles adding timeless glamour to this summer’s most fabulous parties. Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicilian chic pistachio green and vanilla stripped panna cotta dress topped with a chocolate ring promises to bring a hint of humor and Mediterranean charm to the table.

Stepping out in style this summer is Manolo Blahnik’s slingback chocolate biscuit heel with baby blue icing topped with timeless pearls promising to bring elegance and charm to any outfit this summer.

The Berkeley Pastry Chefs visit London Fashion week shows to get their inspiration for the colours and the textures of the new collections. Prêt-à-Portea will echo the season’s trends of polka dot and stripe prints, monochrome and flower power.

Launching this season, The Berkeley has forged links with Wedgewood who have produced a bespoke collection of fine-bone china, including an exquisite multicoloured diamond shaped pattern gracing the new china for the ultimate fashion touch.

Prêt-à-Portea is served in The Caramel Room at  The Berkeley from 1-6pm every day, priced at £39 per person. (£49 including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or alternatively for the fashion conscious, £55 per person including a glass of couture champagne).

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley (Alexander McQueen inspiration)

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley (Alexander McQueen inspiration)