Don’t be late for this very important date!
If you’re looking for a little something to escape those winter blues, then this magical Alice in Wonderland-inspired afternoon tea is sure to do the trick. From February, the infamous five-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences are planning to whisk guests away to a world of red roses and rabbit holes at their the glorious restaurant, Kona.
Basically the birthday party you always wish you were given, this afternoon tea is both exquisitely intricate and endlessly fun. Admire the array of artfully crafted pastries and scrumptious savoury treats on offer – all inspired by Lewis Carroll’s timeless novel, Alice in Wonderland, and the colourful and crazy characters who live in its pages.
It comes as a surprise that the foul-tempered Queen of Hearts could possibly inspire such a delightful menu, but Kona have managed to come up with a truly charming selection of sweet treats and scoffables to scatter about the table in honour of the Queen.
From cakes to crémeux, chocolate piping to strawberry pockets, there is almost too much for your sweet tooth to get stuck into at this afternoon tea. Enjoy a perfectly proportioned ‘Off With Their Heads’ (the Queen of Hearts recreated as a delicious banana moelleux with a raspberry crémeux dress) or delve into a delicious red velvet cupcake topped with the iconic ‘half painted’ roses and chocolate ganache. Eye up the ‘Royal Flush’ (a mouth-watering orange semolina cake with strawberries and blackberries) as you pop a macaron into your mouth and consider whether to try the beautiful dark chocolate hats before or after the unmissable chocolate battenburg.
Of course, there would be total outrage if an English afternoon tea wasn’t serving perfectly baked scones covered in clotted cream and jam so you’ll find these, alongside a selection of inspired finger sandwiches, on your table.
Tuck into classic afternoon tea sandwiches that have been recreated with their own sense of character and flare. The original ‘egg mayonnaise on white bread’ remains the exact same, except in name. Here they’re called ‘Double Time’, which just so happens to be the speed in which you’ll be devouring all of the delicious delicacies in front of you.
Unbelievably, your table will look almost as good as the food. The all-important Queen of Hearts playing card can be spotted on every table, hidden among beautiful china from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection, which is adorned with intricate illustrations of the Alice in Wonderland story. Be tantalised by the sweet treats that sit upon a glass checkerboard and admire the bespoke-designed top hat that towers above your table.
Capturing the true essence of the story in its design and utterly inspired in every mouth-watering morsel it offers, this afternoon tea is not to be missed; especially by the mad hatters among us.
Like the sound of this? You’ll LOVE our Mad Hatter’s (Gin &) Tea Party, happening every weekend until the end of February.