Anglophiles, take note: this afternoon tea is a stunner. From now until 21 August 2108 (2:30–5pm daily; $398/person), the Mandarin Oriental’s Lobby Lounge is taking bookings for afternoon tea this summer – and a very special one at that, seating just 26 guests at a time. Curated by Timothy Oulton, a selection of the British designer’s most iconic furniture and lighting from his Beat Generation range has been transported to the MO, plus a range of rare antiquities from the Rare by Oulton collection. There are even branded Timothy Oulton–Union Jack napkins; no detail has gone unnoticed.
Executive Pastry Chef Yves Matthey has upped the ante with this British-inspired three-tiered afternoon tea set. On the savoury side, expect the likes of salmon-and haddock fish cake, Stilton tart with pear and walnut and delicate finger sandwiches such as Devon brown crab with pickled cucumber and roast beef with horseradish sour cream and watercress.
On the sweet side, the stars were the raspberry eclair and mixed fruit tarts, which sang of summer, and the impossibly creamy 1963 Mandarin cheesecake – it’s been around for more than 55 years for a reason.
And if you really want to feel like it’s summer in Wimbledon, order some strawberries and cream ($148) on the side along with a glass of Pimm’s original ($168) or the Garden & Lemonade mocktail ($128) (take note of the metal straws). To push the boat out, go for a glass of champers – Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2006 ($498/glass) would be pretty hard to beat.
We were tickled by the Pimm’s trolley set-up in the lobby, there for the duration of the Timothy Oulton tea promotion, where the Pimm’s are made to order by a gentleman dressed in a full Queen’s Guard uniform, complete with bearskin hat.
Sink yourself into a Westminster Feather Sofa or Professor Chair with a glass of Pimm’s and some textbook-perfect scones slathered with clotted cream and rose-petal jam and settle in for an afternoon of air-conditioned bliss...
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