While drinking tea is a decades-old tradition practiced around the world, some cultures in the East and West still enjoy a nice, hot cup. In the United Kingdom, drinking tea is a part of their lifestyle, unlike the US and other countries which prefer coffee as their staple beverage.
The British love their afternoon tea with snacks such as scones and pastries. If you're fond of that, then you'll surely love Rosewood's Hotel newly launched service called "Art Afternoon Tea", where your tea will be served with delicately made sandwiches and pastries inspired by the artworks of some of the most celebrated modern artists in the world right now, such as Banksy, Alexander Calder, Yayoi Kusama, Mark Rothko and Damien Hirst.
The "Art Afternoon Tea" is served at Rosewood Hotel's Mirror Room, where artworks by Simon Bingle and Bran Symondson will also be displayed. Guests will enjoy an art-filled afternoon tea complete with the traditional British way of fancy tea service. The price of this service costs $57 each guest, but if they prefer champagne then the price will cost around $70-72.
The pastry chef behind all this is Mark Perkins, and he has recreated stunning edible pastries such as a white chocolate cube inspired by Banksy's Girl With A Balloon, a coconut raspberry sponge cake reminiscent of Rothko's abstract impressionist paintings, and spot-colored white chocolate tarts inspired by the famous paintings of Damien Hirst. High tea sandwiches will also be served along with the art pastries.
In an interview with Conde Nast Traveler, executive pastry chef Mark Perkins said: "I was inspired by the prominent art scene in London and by the captivating contemporary and traditional art pieces that are featured throughout Rosewood London. The idea really progressed from there and great consideration went into deciding upon which art genres and movements we wanted to focus on. I settled on modern art, as it offers many interesting shapes, colors, and designs."