London | Surrealist Afternoon Tea at Sotheby’s Café

Monday, February 11, 2013 3 No tags Permalink 0

When I was in London last fall, I had afternoon tea at Sotheby’s not once but twice.

I love that: 1) the menu offers small tea so you can still have room for dinner and, 2) you can view auctions on the big screen while having tea…so much fun. And a very different experience from traditional spots like The Ritz, Langham, and Brown’s.

Last week Sotheby’s hosted a sale for surrealist art , and to celebrate they also offered a surrealist afternoon tea. How awesome is that?

To Eat (clockwise from bottom-left):

  • Beetroot paint with pistachio and cheddar biscuit: The biscuit is shaped like a paintbrush. Unscrew the paint cap and squeeze/paint away.
  • Savory scone with tomato chili jam and whipped goat cheese: Jam and cheese are in the little glass jars at top-right.
  • “I’m not a biscuit” biscuit: Displayed on a mini-easel. A tribute to René Magritte, The Treachery of Images.
  • Earl grey cupcake with vanilla-mascarpone icing and fondant Dali clock: Remember the melting watch in Dali’s The Persistence of Memory?
  • Clementine macaron
  • Pickled cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches: You can’t see it on this photo but there are lips on the sandwich, another nod to Magritte.
  • Marshmallow clouds

To drink they served Pink Lemonade and Surrealist Tea ^_^

This makes me think of the Sotheby’s]