Yesterday I ate Christopher Kane. Actually, I ate an exquisite clementine bavaroise decorated with oversized circles of pate de fruit named after and inspired by the cult silk-organza circle dresses Kane designed this season, now rendered in edible form.
The Berkeley's new, spring/summer Pret-a-Portea cake "collection" is its best yet. Also on the menu was a 'Lanvin' blueberry and passion fruit mousse spun with swirls of citrus yellow meringue; a "Balmain" almond macaroon ‘jacket' filled with white chocolate and pistachio ganache; a little 'Herve Leger' crossover-strap bikini number; a signature 'Alexander McQueen' Elvie bag; and so it goes on. Nine divine little morsels of gorgeousness.
These days, Londoners can have Pret-a-P's cakes delivered to their door on a pink and green Vespa, but we recommend heading to the hotel for the full-on, people-watching, cake-nibbling, afternoon-tea experience. And, at a starting price of £35, this is a designer sartorial treat almost everyone can afford.
Pret-a-Portea, from £35 per person, The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL.020 7201 1619; the-berkeley.co.uk.
By Kate O'Donnell