Also art freaks need a break – sometimes

What: Frieze Art Fair & Teatime
Where: The Rosebery, London


The rooms of ‘The Rosebery’ are elegant and comfortable

When the international art scene comes together for ‘Frieze’ in London, the British capital is in an exceptional state. The ‘Frieze’ – Europe’s largest contemporary art fair – is a must in the calendar of everyone who’s interested in art, for every creative and every collector. Until the 17th of October you’ll find the city at the Themse in hands of the whole art scene. Such a mass is pretty exhausting and all the shows, excessive talking and hours-long walks quickly tug at the substance. A relaxed timeout causes regenerating wonders. So, how about a cup of tea?

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That’s me on the wonderful sofa with a direct view to Knightsbridge

I already prevented the stress and got spoiled from my so-called ‘Hightea’. One of the most beautiful places for this is ‘The Rosebery’ in the legendary hotel ‘The Mandarin Oriental’ at Hydepark. I fall into the comfortable, linden green velvet-cushions and study the tea menu, which offers a range of the finest tea varieties from the whole world, including the house mixture Oriental Afternoon Blend, Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka and Golden Monkey from China. The tea master brews a Jasmine Pearl tea for me, a green tea with a wonderful aroma.


Original: the whatnots with the sandwiches and the scones are draped on a bronze metal rack in form of a bough

And then the service starts: I love the salmon- and chicken sandwiches and try the homemade pastry. I’m especially keen with the ‘Mermaid Macarons’ – delicious! The scones with the clotted cream and the delicate strawberry jam are my personal highlight and for the absolute award-worthy ‘Black Velvet Cake’ with chocolate is barely space. The waiter runs bustlingly around and steadily serves me more. Do I really look so famished?


The tea master in action: he celebrates the preparation of the tea in a perfect completion

Before I seriously follow up on my thoughts I order a glass of sparkling Ruinart Rosé to finish and enjoy the calmness and the ease in the sophisticated designed rooms. Outside the busy rushing in chic Knightsbridge. But I don’t care at all.  BvH

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Purchasable: the tableware is enchanting, isn’t it?


The Afternoon Tea (from 48 Pounds per Person) will be served between 12 and 6 pm. Afterwards one is satisfied, so that one can quit dinner easily. I recommend an early table reservation!

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Successful interior design!

Three other top addresses for the afternoon tea:

1.) Classical elegant: Hightea at Hotel The Ritz
2.) Historical: For over 150 years the Afternoon Tea is celebrated at Claridge’s
3.) In a new style: Hotel Café Royal serves the Royal Tea


This looks like you could directly bite into it, doesn’t it?

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Pillows out of silk and heavy velvet provide comfort

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The bar

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Place at the fire place are demanded – especially in the cold season


Unfortunately not able this year anymore: the High Tea will be served outside in the summer


The Rosebery im Hotel Mandarin Oriental
66 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7LA

Frieze until October 17th

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