There’s no doubt that music and fashion have long been happy bedfellows, so it makes perfect sense that the BRIT Award statuettes are designed by none other than milliner extraordinaire and royal warrant holder Mr Philip Treacy OBE. In fact, you’ll find an enormous replica of the 2014 statue residing in all its gigantic glory just a short walk from London Fashion Week’s home of Somerset House – in the atrium of the tres stylish five-star ME Hotel. And that’s not the only eye candy; the luxury hotel is also currently offering a very special BRIT-themed afternoon tea in the rather futuristic Marconi Lounge.
Along with the tea (culture as well as cake, if you please), there’s also a BRITS photography exhibition on show at the ME Hotel. Some rather memorable snaps of previous BRITS winners by photographer John Marshall are on display; I fell in love with his snap of our Amy from 2007 after she performed Rehab. Looking serenely beautiful and so genuinely happy, it’s a real treat to see her so luminous. And then there’s the powerful 2010 image of Lady Gaga performing in the white lace McQueen jumpsuit just days after the fashion designer’s death. The exhibition’s star-studded cast includes everyone from Bono and Bowie to Robbie and Rihanna.
And as for that tea? Well tea is very important to me, I am a Brit therefore I believe it to be genetic and I am known for drinking tea so strong that you can stand a teaspoon up in it. The fact that Afternoon Tea at the ME Hotel comes with a menu, not only listing the teas and aromas but also mapping them across the world is very impressive (and for any other aficionados of the classic British blend of ‘Builders Tea’, may I recommend to you the Palace Blend). Left to steep in a GIANT Jasper Conran for Wedgewood teapot, giving the leaves plenty of room to manoeuvre, it truly was a perfect cup of char.
This essentially flawless cup of tea complements a beautifully-balanced afternoon repast of traditional savoury finger sandwiches and freshly baked buttermilk scones with clotted cream and jam. There’s also an incredible Jaffa Cake macaron. Could patiserrie get any more quintessentially British than that? I guiltily shovelled down the fancy top tier: a pina colada-flavoured egg custard and a luxuriously moist pistachio and lemon gateau. And then it was Back to Black for the piece de résistance: a dark chocolate and cherry mousse topped with a chocolate record. What do you mean there isn’t an Outstanding Contribution to Cake award?
The BRIT S photography exhibition is on display until 10th March in the ME Hotel’s Marconi Lounge, with the special afternoon tea priced at £35 including a glass of Champagne. For more information and to book, see the ME Hotel’s website.