June 1, 2013

24 Karat Gold Afternoon Tea 2 medOne of the highlights of a visit to London is enjoying an elegant Afternoon Tea in beautiful surroundings and now one of London’s finest hotels, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences is offering what could possibly be the most memorable afternoon tea ever.

With Luxor Champagne, the hotel has created a 24 Carat Gold Afternoon Tea, which includes edible gold.  Afternoon Tea aficionados can expect a dining experience of unparalleled opulence.

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences is a five star hotel which exudes luxury in prestigious surroundings.  Conveniently located just minutes away from Buckingham Palace, the hotel is close to many of the attractions that Australian’s travel half way around the world to see, such as the famous shopping areas of Bond and Oxford Streets, Mayfair, the West End theatres and St James’s Park.

The 24 Carat Gold Afternoon Tea includes a Gold Leaf Jelly, White Chocolate Delight with Gold Leaf and Strawberry Tart with Gold Flakes and is accompanied by a selection of scones and delicate finger sandwiches.  Inspired by Luxor, Executive Chef Vikas Milhoutra, has created a series of decadent delights, also made with edible gold.

27652059-H1-51 Entrance RHS High (2)The afternoon tea features a half bottle of Luxor Pure Gold 24K Brut Champagne, which includes flakes of 24 Carat Gold and is one of the world’s most prestigious and rare sparkling wines.  Produced in the Champagne region, Luxor was created due to founder Jean-Christophe Rousseau’s fascination with gold, and his desire to marry one of the most coveted treasures in history with the most luxurious of drinks. This exclusive Brut is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir, 7% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Meunier.

The 24 Carat Gold Afternoon Tea is available at an introductory price of £99 (AUD$154) for two.  Booking is required with a 24 hour notice.

If you are planning a visit to London, this sounds like an afternoon tea that is not to be missed, so make sure you leave some spare time on your itinerary.

51 Buckingham Gate consists of three individually designed buildings: Kings, Falconers and Minsters. The buildings have been beautifully restored and ’51’ now offers 86 elegant suites, each with their own separate kitchen and living area.  Why not spoil yourself and spend a few nights in this historic hotel.

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.  For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, their iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth.    Sandra Tiltman