An Art-Inspired Afternoon Tea
at Rosewood London


There’s a saying in the world of theatre – ‘form over content’ – which essentially means that lots of effort has been put into making the lighting, the music and the costumes amazing… but the play itself is underwhelming. I’ve often thought of this phrase when faced with beautiful looking cakes in cafes and hotels, which sparkle and glow and look very fancy pants…. but when it comes to it, just don’t taste that great.

But THIS art-inspired afternoon tea, at Rosewood London, was absolutely, one hundred percent, not one of those occasions. On the contrary, it’s one of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had.

Imagined up by the Mirror Room’s creative Head Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, the afternoon tea is inspired by London’s beautiful, vibrant and unique art scene, and celebrates five iconic artists; Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Banksy.

“London is one of the leading lights in the arts world, and I am continuously excited and surprised by it. Taking inspiration from some of the works exhibited here in the capital, I am delighted to present Mirror Room’s first Art Afternoon Tea.” – Mark Perkins

Rosewood London

Rosewood London

Rosewood London

The Mirror Room

Rosewood London

The Mirror Room


Floor to ceiling mirrors


The Mirror Room itself is a stunning jewel box of a room, with floor-to-ceiling decorative mirrors, low lighting and cosy lounge style seating… my mum and I ensconced ourselves deep into the soft seats and marvelled at each and every delicacy…




Maldon smoked salmon, cream cheese and lemon | Le Madru Ham, Comté and wholegrain mustard | Coronation chicken, curry and sultanas | Avocado, tomatoes and basil | Egg mayonnaise and chives


Delicious scones… (Jam first. I won’t tell you again). Served with Cornish clotted cream, lemon curd and homemade strawberry jam


We began with a divine selection of sandwiches before moving onto freshly baked warm scones and amazing looking patisseries, with each one representing a different artist and story…





Inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama – milk chocolate mousse, passion fruit cremeux with chocolate set on chocolate sable biscuit





Banksy – Chocolate cube lled with vanilla cream choux, salted caramel, chocolate cremeux



This one was my favourite ;)


Step by step…


Rosewood London already has very strong ties to the art scene – it’s the leading hotel partner of Frieze London, the world’s leading contemporary art fair and one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. Rosewood London is also the preferred partner of Quintessentially Art Patron Scheme, and the two work alongside each other to create a series of interactive dinners with leading artists from around the world…



Damian Hirst – Cassis jelly, yuzu curd, white chocolate tart nished with Hirst dot decoration


Mark Rothko – Layered coconut sponge, raspberry, coconut mousse, decorated with raspberry chocolate




Alexander Calder – Pistachio bavarois, cherry jelly, pistachio sponge sprayed with red chocolate decorated as a calder mobil


The afternoon tea is now served on an easel, in line wth the art theme…

It was all absolutely exquisite, and if you are looking to treat yourself or someone special (beep beep it’s nearly Valentine’s!) then do pop the Rosewood and this amazing afternoon tea on the top of your list.

It’s very, very special.

Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London

**The art-inspired afternoon tea is priced at £50 per person (£65 per person with a glass of “R” de Ruinart Champagne or £67 per person with a glass of “R” de Ruinart RoséChampagne).


This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)


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7 thoughts on “An Art-Inspired Afternoon Tea
at Rosewood London

    1. Pop it on the list for next time – there are so many wonderful places to visit for afternoon tea xx

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