The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
Take a journey through what a modern-day Alice might want from afternoon tea, beginning with a savory sandwich course, including a beetroot pita with burrata cheese and bresaola. Sweet treats are up next, with a Brownie Hat, a chocolate top hat filled with pecan sable, kataifi pastry, brownie sponge and soft pecan cream; and more. Freshly baked scones complete the tea experience.
A tea selection from Camellia’s Tea House in London includes green, white and black tea offerings, as well as bespoke blends created for The Franklin. The option to add a glass of Champagne per person is also available.
The V&A’s exhibition seeks to explore the strong female character of Alice, who displayed creative curiosity and fearless independence. The Alice at the Franklin afternoon tea, available for the duration of the museum’s exhibit through Dec. 31, is £45 per person, and £55 with Champagne. To add a ticket to the exhibit, pricing is £55 and £65, respectively. Pre-book 24 hours in advance on the hotel website, at bookatable.co.uk or by calling +44 0 20 7584 5533.
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