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The Runway Afternoon Tea, Inspired by the Exhibition “Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows,” Launches at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square


Rotunda Bar and Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will launch The Runway Afternoon Tea inspired by the photography exhibition Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows by renowned British artist Simon Procter, celebrating the spectacular runway shows from designer Karl Lagerfeld during his time at the French fashion house. Widely regarded as one of the most outstanding photographers of his generation, Procter’s exhibition features images captured backstage at Lagerfeld’s shows, providing a glimpse through his lens into the inner world of Chanel and the celebrated designer.

The Hotel’s pastry team will bring the exhibition to life on the plate, creating a bespoke selection of imaginative patisserie that mirrors the photography of the most influential shows and creations at Chanel. Firstly, The Garden, a matcha biscuit topped with pistachio and mint mousse and finished with grapefruit confit, is inspired by Chanel Garden and features the immaculate lawns that served as the backdrop for Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019. The colourful pastry is joined by Monochrome, a striking black and white Battenberg cake with black sesame cremeux and candied orange inspired by the Lagerfeld Above Logo, which showcases the minimalist colour palette at Lagerfeld’s final show for the infamous house. Hydrangea, a crisp ginger shortbread topped with rhubarb compote and jasmine Chantilly, pays homage to Lily-Rose Depp’s famous ruffled pink bridal dress captured in Chanel Thousand from Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017. Finally, Rocket, a dark chocolate biscuit with yuzu-spiked coconut cream, is inspired by Chanel Ultra Rocket from the space-age Fall/Winter 2017 show. Alongside these, diners will also be able to enjoy an array of delicate finger sandwiches and homemade scones.

To accompany their afternoon tea, guests can choose from a selection of rare teas sourced everywhere from Cornwall to China, or choose a glass of Champagne. Alongside this, Director of Mixology Harry Nikolaou has created the Harlequin cocktail, a gin-based cocktail with rhubarb, almond blossom, clarified grapefruit and Mancino Sakura. The Harlequin is finished with whitened lemon and Diet Coke jelly as a playful nod to the famous designer’s favourite tipple.

Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows will honour the designer’s work through the eyes of wonderful British photographer Simon Procter, so to celebrate we’re combining the quintessentially British afternoon tea with chic French patisserie and a standout cocktail. There are fun and playful elements with each bite and sip that will bring the exhibition to life for our guests,” says Harry Nikolaou.  

The Runway Afternoon Tea will be served in the Rotunda daily beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, priced at the below per person:

  • GBP 40 - The Runway Afternoon Tea (sandwiches, scones & pastries)
  • GBP 44 - The Runway Afternoon Tea with a glass of Champagne
  • GBP 48 - The Runway Afternoon Tea with a glass of premium Champagne

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