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Krug Kreperie

Last Sunday, I had the most ridiculously priced but wonderfully Christmassy lovely crepe and champagne experience at a Covent Garden alpine-inspired pop-up store. I adored the set-up and immediately made a reservation. I’m not going to lie though. As I made the reservation, all I could think of was ‘this had better blow my mind’, and texted my friends, asking if we were completely mad for doing this. So what is ‘Krug Kreperie’? During the first week of December, three enormous festive present-like champagne crates popped up on the East Piazza overnight, in the spirit of Christmas. This collaboration between the Krug champagne house and French chef Pierre Koffman (Berkeley Hotel) brings diners a selection of six sweet and savoury crepes. The crepe of your choice is complemented with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvee. Cosy sheepskin rugs, heated seats on wooden logs, tables made out of timber with Baccarat crystal chandeliers hovering above and street musicians nearby could not have made the ambience any more perfect.Although the pop-up experience only lasted the first week of December, the menu will be at The Berkeley Hotel for a month from now, till mid-January.

£70 for crepe & champagne (2 people)

Covent Garden piazza (at time of post)

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The Ritz

Not lacking in service and style, afternoon tea at The Ritz is complete with high ceilings, gleaming mirrors, intricate embellishments and skilled classical musicians, creating quite the spectacular ambience. After confirming our reservation with the man on an iPad (even the 108 year old hotel has gone tech), we were seated in the sunlight-tinted Palm Court. The finger sandwiches were classic, nothing extraordinarily fancy. The assortment of British afternoon tea pastries and cakes comprised of mille feuille, macaroon, chocolate cake, and white chocolate mousse coated passion fruit. These were pretty good, as were the sticky toffee cake and lemon drizzled cake that came round on the cake trolley. But the scones! The scones, to our delight, were not the least bit overrated. In fact, they might very well have been the best I have ever tasted. Freshly baked raisin and plain scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Not too moist, not too dry, not too flaky, not too sweet. Light, compact and with an almost pillow-like texture, even Goldilocks should find it hard to disagree.

£100 (2 people)

150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR

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