Caramel Room at The Berkeley

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This classy spot at the Berkeley hotel has just been given a bit of a makeover, and it's one that fits the moniker - think tan leather banquettes and brushed gold gilding. It certainly looks plush.

An afternoon tea influenced by the world of fashion proves popular here but the Berkeley's executive chef, Shaun Watling, has put together a menu of British classics for those wanting something more substantial. Expect dishes such as grilled Dover sole with Jersey Royals, a shepherd's pie made with braised lamb shank, or a pâté of Highland venison and smoked bacon. 

Keep an eye out for mezze and Middle Eastern salads, too. 

Venue name: Caramel Room at The Berkeley
Address: The Berkeley
Cross street: Wilton Place
Opening hours: Open 7-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge tube

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For 5 years now my mother and I have visited The Berkley for Pret-a-Portea - the fashionista afternoon tea! This is a perfect experience for all women who have an interest in fashion, or cake or tea. The experience costs around £39 per person, and begins with an optional glass of champagne, which of course, my mother and I always opt for. This is Laurent Perrier champagne (darling!) and carries an extra cost of £10 for the first glass, and £14 for every subsequent glass. You can even opt for 'couture' champagne (Laurent Perrier Rosé or Laurent Perrier ultra Brut) which is an additional £16 for the first glass and £21.50 for each there after. Unless you're rolling in the money, best save that choice for a special occasion.

The tea begins with a round (or two) of beautiful sandwiches (four different variations which changes on a seasonal basis) - the perfect accompaniment to your champagne before you select your pot of tea. I often select one of their fruit teas, and on my first visit enjoyed the Luscious Lemon tea so much I ordered some to take home with me to enjoy and my leisure.

There is also a round of beautiful canapes, of which you can order as many plates as you desire - before that sweet tooth finally kicks in and it's time for you to enjoy the bit you've been waiting for - the cakes!

The cakes and biscuits that arrive on your three tiered arrangement have each been flavoured and decorated to match the most exciting and beautiful creations of the current fashion season. Traditionally one will find two tall shot glasses filled with an exciting mousse, beautifully decorated with a fashionable accessory. Next to these elegant creations will be displayed the two traditional biscuits each in the shape of two more iconic fashion items of the season - often this will be a beautiful shoe or possibly a dress that has been walked down the latest runways across the world. The second plate down will usually host a variety of chocolate delights, sometimes in the shape of a show-stopping handbag! This is in addition to some more little cakes often decorated in patterns reflecting those found on accessories featured in campaigns and shows.

The cakes and biscuits change twice a year according to the latest trends. The afternoon tea works on an 'all you can eat' basis - the plates will be constantly re-filled until you either say stop, or you pop! And even then, they will happily give you a 'doggy bag' at the end of your visit, so when that sugar lull finally kicks in later that evening, you have a trendy little pick me up waiting for you!