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Le Méridien Piccadilly pays tribute to Henri Matisse’s Cut-Outs

Le Méridien Piccadilly Henri Matisse’s Cut-Outs afternoon tea

As the largest Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition in history arrives in London, the Terrace Grill & Bar celebrates with a French-themed afternoon tea

In celebration of the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition arriving at London’s Tate Modern, the Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Méridien Piccadilly has created a special afternoon tea inspired by Matisse’s work and heritage.  The tea will be available for six weeks from the 17th April 2014 and the first 40 customers to book the afternoon tea in advance will receive a free ticket to the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition, courtesy of Le Méridien Piccadilly.

Chef Michael Dutnall has created the ‘Matisse Cut-Outs Afternoon Tea’ taking flavour inspiration from Matisse’s native France, with savouries including Jambon de Bayonne and Brie-filled Croissants and Provencal Vegetable Wraps. Chef Michael’s stunning pastries are a visual tribute to Matisse’s ‘carving into colour’ featuring unconventional angles and bright colours. The sweet-treats include Lemon and Pistachio Macaroons and French Opéra Cake all served on a chocolate-sprayed image of Matisse’s Blue Nude (II).   

To accompany the afternoon tea, the mixologists at the Terrace Grill & Bar have created the ‘French Revolution’ cocktail. A French twist on a traditional Aviation cocktail, the French Revolution is an enticing combination of Gin, Maraschino liqueur, Lemon Juice and Rose Champagne.    

For the restaurant’s creative customers, the Matisse Cut-Outs Afternoon Tea is served with a craft box allowing guests to produce their own Cut-Outs masterpiece in the style of Matisse’s late work. When the artist became too ill to paint towards the end of his career, he began cutting and arranging brightly painted paper, ultimately generating some of his most iconic works. Guests will create their art work on a blank postcard which Le Méridien Piccadilly will happily post to the guest’s destination of choice once complete. Any one bringing the postcard back with them on another visit to the Terrace Grill & Bar will receive 20% off all food and drink.

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts worldwide are committed to bringing their guests a new perspective on art. Le Méridien’s Unlock Art™ programme offers guests complimentary access to forward-thinking cultural institutions around the world. In London, Le Méridien Piccadilly’s Unlock Art partner is Tate and guests staying at the hotel can use their room keycard to gain access to the paid-for exhibitions at both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, including Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs showing at the Tate Modern from 17th April - 7th September 2014.

The ‘Matisse Cut-Outs Afternoon Tea’ will be served daily in the Terrace Grill & Bar from 12pm to 6pm from 17th April to 31th May 2014 and costs £30 per person including a ‘French Revolution’ cocktail. 

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