Art Afternoon Tea, Mirror Room at The Rosewood London

Rosewood London hotel has just launched a new art-inspired afternoon tea, which could just be the most beautiful tea in London yet. The ‘Art Afternoon Tea’ is served in the decadent ‘Mirror Room’ restaurant, with each cake immediately recognisable as being influenced by London’s most prestigious artists.

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The pretty patisserie have been created by the Mirror Room’s creative Head Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, who has a keen interest in art. The afternoon tea represents London’s vibrant and unique art scene, celebrating the five iconic artists; Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Banksy.

After a glass of bubbly, a pot of subtle white tea and a plate of delicious, delicate finger sandwiches, the cakes arrived. The mini masterpieces looked almost too immaculate to eat. Mark Perkins has used traditional techniques to create replicas of the contemporary artworks, each wildly creative in taste and texture.

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The Yayoi Kusama pumpkin inspired cake was my favourite… a wonderfully light milk chocolate mousse, passion fruit crémeux and chocolate feuillantine, set on a chocolate sable biscuit and encased with a vibrant yellow glaze. The perfectly executed Alexander Calder sculptural cake is glazed with red chocolate, reminiscent of Calder’s famed mobiles. British-born Banksy’s iconic ‘Girl With a Balloon’  is a wondrous white chocolate cube filled with a light vanilla cream choux, cherry jelly, hazelnut caramel and chocolate crémeux, garnished with an intricate and tiny replica of the enigmatic artwork itself. The Damien Hirst cake mimics the famous spot paintings with a white chocolate tart flavoured with cassis jelly and yuzu curd, and finished with Hirst-style regimented and decorative pop-art coloured spots of gel. My least favourite was the Mark Rothko cake… a layered coconut and raspberry sponge, filled with coconut mousse, fresh raspberries and adorned with bright pink raspberry chocolate.

Rosewood London has long established itself as a leading exhibitor of an exceptional array of contemporary artists. From witty illustrations that document the rich political and social culture of the 18th Century, to quirky pieces that reflect the style of the Pop Art movement of the mid 1950s, the walls of Rosewood London are a tribute to art through the ages. Rosewood London is also the 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.

Pop in to the Mirror Room anytime between 4.00-7.00pm for a glass of Champagne and one of their beautiful artist-inspired cakes or bring a guest to enjoy the full tea experience.

The art-inspired afternoon tea is priced at £50 per person or £65 per person with a glass of “R” de Ruinart Champagne. More information and book here.

Sense Spa, Rosewood London

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The Rosewood is, without a doubt, one of London’s most beautiful hotels. I have seen the rooms and bars many times before, but last week was my first experience of the luxurious spa.

One level below ground, the Rosewood Sense Spa has a warm exotic feel, thanks to the dimmed lighting and bamboo walls. The staff are softly spoken and when you arrive they gently escort you into the circular relaxation room for a few moments of calm before your treatment. The spa is intimate and bespoke, and when I visited was full of small groups of friends receiving some weekend pampering.

Within minutes I felt removed from busy London life, and completely revelled in the indulgent facilities. Before an individual treatment, guests are invited to make use of the dry heat saunas and amethyst crystal steam rooms, particularly good to loosen the muscles and pores before a massage or facial. I lay in the glittering gold leaf adorned relaxation lounge and enjoyed a glass of citrus infused water before being taken to one of the seven private treatment rooms.

Sense Spa offers a range of treatments collaborating with renowned organic brands from all over the world. The exclusive Sodashi and Face Place experiences are particularly popular. Feeling tense and stressed after a chaotic few months, I was booked in for a 60 minute Deep Tissue massage. I slipped into the silkiest sheets on the massage bed and as she worked on my back and neck I could feel my breathing slow. Deep Tissue is a strong pressure massage, effectively soothing aches and knots, rather than solely relaxing the body. My therapist worked hard on my shoulders and lower back, and using innovative techniques managed to loosen areas of tightness. She seemed to instinctively know when to apply more or less pressure and left my body feeling balanced and my skin feeling softened.

After the treatment I returned to the relaxation lounge to enjoy a warming cup of herbal tea and reflect on my blissful massage. The Sense Spa is a lovely way to experience this iconic hotel, and was the perfect time out during my busy weekend.

More information and book a treatment at Sense Spa here.