Pop-up afternoon tea in Burlington Arcade

The ex-Fat Duck head pastry chef’s extraordinary take on a classic

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Raise a glass to spring in the elegant setting of Mayfair’s Burlington Arcade. Here, luxury bespoke dining company Cuisson will be transforming a former jewellery shop into a decadent pop-up temple to beautifully crafted afternoon treats and Laurent-Perrier bubbles from Wednesday April 8 to Friday June 26.

At the helm is the former Fat Duck head pastry chef Hideko Kawa, who also cut her teeth at The Connaught under Hélène Darroze, as well as spending six years with Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. Most recently she has done some teaching at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school. Cuisson, meanwhile, was launched in 2012 in order to bring chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants to create exquisite pop-ups. Previous events include those for Louis Vuitton and Aston Martin.

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The tea (£65 per person) will be paired with Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, and cakes will be displayed in former jewellery cabinets. Expect delicacies such as pretty blue macarons with white chocolate busts made to look like cameos, and praline and rosemary eclairs, on the first of four plates. The second plays with the senses with a sweet “hamburger” and a cheesecake flower “planter”. The third plate is full of savoury treats, such as a salmon terrine and cress burger, coronation chicken sandwich and cocktail corn. Rounding the meal off are scones, and chocolate “caviar” with a cinnamon blini. Boxes of petit fours are available to take home, such as yuzu chocolate and miso kouji millionaire shortbread.

After an afternoon sampling the delicious offerings, it’s all too easy to head to the shops of Burlington Arcade, including Chanel, La Perla and The Vintage Watch Company. They do say never shop on an empty stomach.

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Tea fanatics might also like to discover Jalam’s rare tea of the month club, while champagne aficionados might prefer Moët & Chandon’s pop-up academy.

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