Kensington’s 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel introduces new scent-led Afternoon Tea menu in partnership with iconic perfumery, Floris London
100 Queen’s Gate Hotel – London is introducing an immersive scent-led Afternoon Tea ‘Scentsation’ in partnership with the quintessentially British perfumery brand, Floris London.
The new Afternoon Tea offering will celebrate the relationship between taste and scent with a menu influenced by two of their signature scents ‘Cherry Blossom Eau de Parfum’ and ‘Limes Eau de Toilette’.
Encouraging guests to embark on a journey of the senses, the hotel’s culinary team has explored the different notes in each of these two different fragrances, looking at the base notes, heart notes and top notes of each to inform and inspire its menu.
The fragrance inspired menu will comprise a selection of delicate culinary treats including craquelin choux bursting with cinnamon and orange blossom-infused white chocolate mousse.
Each of the culinary treats can be customised to please the guest’s personal tastes in scent and taste. Pots of sweet and savoury flavourings, such as lavender and honey, will be on offer to guests to elevate the floral and citrus notes of the Floris fragrance inspired menu.
The Afternoon Tea will be offered to guests in the hotel’s beautiful, botanical inspired tearoom, Botanica. The elegant, plant draped, atrium in the tearoom allows natural daylight to flood the room, creating the perfect setting for a fanciful Afternoon Tea. Inspired by the selected Floris fragrances, Botanica has been dressed in cherry blossom and limes. Here, guests will enjoy a three-layered stand of scent inspired patisseries paired with a selection of Whittard brewed teas.
Honouring the key notes of each of the Floris fragrances, the loose teas selected by specialists in fine tea, Whittard of Chelsea, to accompany the fragrance inspired menu are:
To accentuate the fruity notes of Floris Cherry Blossom, Whittard’s Sakura, is a blend of sweet and fresh sencha green tea with glorious flavours of ripe Cherry. It has been selected to accompany the Afternoon Tea menu as it complements the spicy and fruitiness of the scones that are on offer.
An elegant and comforting copper cup with a touch of sweetness and subtle notes of lemon that will balance the sweet and citrussy flavours of the patisserie course inspired by Floris’ ‘Limes’ Fragrance.
Guests will be offered a tea based on their preference in either the ‘Limes’ or ‘Cherry Blossom’ Floris scent, following a consultation that will help them to select their favourite.
100 Queen’s Gate Hotel Cluster General Manager, Mary Doogan, says, “We are excited to introduce our Afternoon Tea ‘Scentsation’ in partnership with Floris London to 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel’s Afternoon Tea repertoire, offering guests a truly unique gastronomic experience for the senses.
Floris London is a brand close to 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel’s heart, as a brand that also shares years of quintessentially British history. A piece of this heritage is inserted into each of our rooms as the hotel’s chosen provider of guest toiletries, making the brand the perfect partner for this collaboration.”
For those wishing to elevate their experience, 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel are also offering an exclusive Floris hotel package. Alongside the ‘Scentsation’ Afternoon Tea, guests can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s sumptuous suites, which also includes a complimentary full-size bottle of one of Floris London’s iconic fragrances.
A VIP version of the Floris package will also be available to book, with the added element of a stay in the luxurious Queen’s Gate Suite, which boasts a private entrance with direct street access and up to four private bedrooms, alongside a behind the scenes tour of Floris’ Jermyn Street store, guided by either the Bespoke Perfumer or Perfumery Director.
Following the tour, guests will have the opportunity to create a bespoke fragrance, choosing from a wide selection of fine fragrance bases and notes, the perfumer will slowly create a scent that is truly personalised to you, adding new accords to complement the guest’s taste until the unique fragrance is complete.
Edward Bodenham, Perfumery Director at Floris London, explains, “Fragrance has an immense ability to evoke past memories while creating fresh associations in the present day.
We are delighted to be launching this Afternoon Tea experience with 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel that aims to take guests on a journey of the senses through culinary creation.
As the first of its kind, this unique and bespoke Afternoon Tea experience showcases the immense ability that fragrances hold as a powerful influence on our taste buds and we hope guests will enjoy the experience.”
KEY BOOKING INFORMATION:
Bookings for the 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel and Floris London Afternoon Tea Scentsation can be made at https://100queensgate.com/food-and-drink/botanica/. The Afternoon Tea is priced at £42.50 or £55 with a glass of champagne.