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The Fashion Forward Afternoon Tea at The Kensington Hotel for Spring and Summer 2015

To celebrate the eagerly anticipated arrival of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Kensington Hotel is launching a Fashion Forward Afternoon Tea this Spring / Summer. The tea will include a collection of beautifully handcrafted cakes, pastries and sandwiches paying homage to some of McQueen’s most iconic designs.  The hotel is just a five minute walk from the museum and can arrange tickets as part of an afternoon tea package. 

Served in the stylish surroundings of the hotel’s new Town House restaurant, makes it the perfect place to relax and reflect on the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition whilst dining on delicious cakes and pastries inspired by the man himself.  

The Fashion Forward Afternoon Tea’s sweet treats include a moist cherry Genoese in the form of one of Alexander McQueen’s must have studded clutch bags, as well as a red velvet and rose water cake presented in the style of the Butterfly Hat by Philip Treacy as seen at McQueen’s Spring/Summer collection in 2008. A delicate hand-decorated marzipan sable dress inspired by the Horn of Plenty Autumn/ Winter 2009 collection, and a buttermilk pannacotta with raspberry.

A delicious selection of sandwiches add to the tea and are complimented by a Dorset crab and artichoke cocktail, foie gras cornet with mango, and quail eggs adorned with edible gold paying homage to the Bird's nest headdress made with Swarovski Gemstones for Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2006.

In addition to the innovative and creative Alexander McQueen inspired fare, guests can indulge in raspberry and red pepper macaroons, as well as classic plain scones served with clotted cream and a selection of preserves, topped off with a blend of traditional English Breakfast tea.

The Kensington Hotel is situated in the heart of leafy Kensington, within walking distance of the Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Science Museum. Housed in a Georgian townhouse, it that feels more like a home away from home rather than a traditional hotel. It comprises 136 rooms and 14 suites, all of which are individually designed and spacious with elegant fabrics and handpicked furniture to complement the hotel’s period architecture. 

In 2014 the hotel launched a new signature ‘Kensington Suite’ with three bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, two living rooms and a luxurious daybed. The Kensington Hotel is also perfectly located to explore one of London's most exclusive fashionable shopping areas, Brompton Cross, which has an abundance of cool local cafés and is home to designer stores including Chanel, Stella McCartney, Joseph and Philip Lim. After a hard day’s sightseeing and shopping, guests can relax and enjoy a cocktail in Town House. There is also a fully equipped gym or for those who prefer the outdoors, The Kensington is just a short jog from Hyde Park. The hotel is the perfect boutique bolt-hole for those wanting to experience London like a local with a quintessentially Kensington feel.

The 'Fashion Forward' Afternoon Tea costs £35 per person. Or experience an overnight stay Fashion Forward package priced from £315 per room based on two people sharing and includes breakfast, two tickets to the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at The Victoria & Albert Museum, a 'Fashion Forward' afternoon tea for two, and one copy of The V&A's book on the exhibition. Package is available from 14th March – 2nd August 2015. 

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