With Afternoon Tea Week in full swing, we headed to The Franklin, a stylish 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge, to try their Frida Kahlo themed afternoon tea. As soon as we stepped inside this sexy hotel with its chic monochrome decor, we were in love. As we walked past the gorgeous Art Deco-inspired bar, which is all glass, mirrors and gold loveliness, we made a mental note that this would be the ultimate spot for a post work glass of champagne if we ever found ourselves in the neighborhood.
Drawing inspiration from the V&A’s hottest exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, guests are treated to an array of delightful treats, all with a Mexican twist, including Flan De Cajeta (Milk pudding with ‘dulce de leche’ sauce); churros with a chocolate dipping sauce and an assortment of unique sandwiches such as guacamole and chicken; beans and eggs; chilli pepper and fresh ricotta; and octopus, sweet corn and capers. Of course, no afternoon tea is complete with scones, however instead of the usual plain or fruit scones, they switch things up with lime scones and banana and chocolate scones served with clotted cream, custard cream and strawberry jam. Delicious. Other tasty items included Sweet Frida’s Masterpiece, a chilli praline fashioned like a painting of Frida, propped up on a cute miniature wooden easel and a mini fruit salad with pineapple, mango, kiwi, pomegranate, watermelon and passion fruit.
This fresh and colourful afternoon tea experience is the third in a succession of teas that have been inspired by the group’s partnership with the V&A museum. Previous afternoon tea experiences have included the Rock’n Roll Afternoon Tea at The Gore, inspired by Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remain and the Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea at The Pelham based on Winnie the Pooh Exploring a Classic exhibition.
Glamorous surroundings and fun, brightly coloured placemats and menus brightened our day
As with previous immersive dining experiences, The Frida Kahlo Afternoon Tea provides guests complimentary access to the exhibition at the V&A - the first one outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story. The exhibition provided a glimpse into Frida’s life and the many struggles she overcame, including polio and a horrific tram accident, which left her needing to wear a supportive back brace. Despite her physical ailments, she loved bright and colourful Mexican clothing, which she used to great effect to cleverly hide her injuries, while also allowing her to create her unique style, which is now renowned around the world.
The Frida Kahlo experience is sold at £50 per person including a ticket to “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition at the V&A. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up runs from now until 4 November 2018. To book, visit www.starhotelscollezione.com.
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This is a nice departure from bog standard afternoon tea – cake and culture, what’s not to love?!
Our experience overall
Food and drink: ★★★★
Staff attentiveness/friendliness: ★★★
Escape the hustle and bustle for an afternoon treat
The Arch London is a stylish boutique hotel, which spans seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes. Tucked away on a residential street near the West End, it's a great place to escape the chaos to treat yourself to afternoon tea.
My friend and I visited Arch London on a relatively quiet Sunday afternoon, which was nice as it meant we almost had the place to ourselves - meaning I had all of the benefits of having a friend round mine for tea, although let's be honest, it was an all around much more glamorous affair! Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the hotel’s stunning Martini Library, the stylish Hunter 486 restaurant or the chic Salon de Champagne lounge, which is where we enjoyed ours - naturally.
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