Last week my aunt came to visit me from Italy, so I planned a day out in London together. We started the day at the Sky Garden for stunning views over London, then took the tube to Sloane Square for a bit of shopping and finally a visit to Harrods to try the new Sophia Webster Social Butterflies Afternoon Tea.
Sophia Webster is a British shoe designer famous for creating beautiful and playful footwear and accessories. Her most popular creations, such as the Chiara sandals from her SS14 Butterfly collection are the inspiration for this unique collaboration with Harrods’ flagship restaurant The Georgian.
The Georgian dates back to 1911 and was named after the then newly crowned King George V. It’s been a popular destination for afternoon tea for members of high society ever since. Located on the 4th floor of Harrods, it’s safe to say that it is a London institution as much as the store itself.
I had never been to The Georgian before, but now I am in love. I have a soft spot for elegant old dining rooms such as this one. My aunt and I particularly loved the original Art Deco ladies room, make sure you see it.
I remember the first time I visited London with my parents as a kid: we passed by Harrods at night, all the lights were on and it was so pretty, like a fairytale palace. There are few stores in the world as iconic as Harrods in London. I will always love it, but I admit that sometimes I find it overcrowded and overwhelming, especially at peak times near the food hall.
But as you come up to the fourth floor, you will find a place where you can relax and have a wonderful time. For more casual dining on the same floor there is Mezzah Lounge, which also has an outdoor terrace overlooking Kensington. It’s a wonderful spot for coffee or evening drinks.
The Sophia Webster Social Butterflies Afternoon Tea was launched on the 15th May and will be available until Friday 23rd June. The price is £49 per person, or £59 with a glass of Harrods Rosé Champagne. The collaboration between the iconic department store and the designer is celebrated throughout the store with beautiful decorations of white flowers and blue butterflies.
The Sophia Webster Social Butterflies limited edition menu features traditional sandwiches and scones, plus a selection of cakes carefully crafted by The Georgian’s pastry chefs.
The pastries are inspired by the SS17 collection: Bibi passion fruit and peach macarons, the Chiara monochrome liquorice sponge cake with panna cotta and white chocolate mousse and the Chiara gold sea-salt-caramel mousse sphere covered in hazelnuts (my favourite).
Sophia Webster’s signature Chiara sandals are also the inspiration behind the Chiara purple and teal iced gingerbread biscuit. Another beautiful pastry creation is the Sophia Webster shoe box: vanilla sponge cake with passion fruit jam, topped with passion fruit mousse and white chocolate.
I like it when Pastry Chefs are inspired by fashion designers and artists. It makes an afternoon tea more fun and I am sure it’s an exciting challenge for the chefs too.
The Harrods Afternoon Tea was completed by a selection of finger sandwiches: roast beef and horseradish; salmon and cream cheese; turkey and chutney; egg mayo (and a small goat’s cheese quiche).
The warm scones (plain and with raisins), served clotted cream and strawberry jam, are always my favourite part of the high tea. The Georgian offers homemade lemon curd with rose-petal jelly for a twist to the classic.
Finally, the tea. As part of the Sophia Webster Social Butterflies Menu, The Georgian offers a choice of six Harrods fine teas: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, jasmine, chamomile, rose and green. We ordered the Harrods Earl Grey loose leaf tea which features a base of smooth Chinese black tea, lightly scented with bergamot oil and marigold petals.
My aunt and I both loved the food offer and service for the afternoon tea at The Georgian in Harrods. I would recommend the experience to anyone. It’s an expensive treat, but it’s certainly a fantastic way to treat yourself for a special occasion.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Harrods. All opinions are my own.