Sleeping Beauty Afternoon Tea returns to The Dorchester
The Dorchester is renowned for its seasonal calendar of inspired afternoon teas, and this October half-term sees the return of a magical treat especially for little ones.
Inspired by the magical fairytale Sleeping Beauty, The Dorchester, in collaboration with English National Ballet, will be hosting an enchanting children’s Sleeping Beauty Afternoon Tea alongside a delightful performance from the school’s young dancers.
Telling the fairytale through dance, Princess Aurora, the Prince, the King, Queen, three good fairies and the bad fairy Maleficent will be pirouetting, plié-ing and jeté-ing amongst The Promenade tables, stopping to interact with younger guests.
This classic afternoon tea with a twist will see little ones enjoy magical afternoon treats including delicious pastries topped with illustrations of Sleeping Beauty, bite-sized finger sandwiches made with decadent fillings of smoked salmon, roast chicken and mint cream cheese, plus warm scones with lashings of cream and homemade preserves. Adults can also enjoy a glass of chilled champagne with their afternoon tea.
To make the event extra special, little ones will receive the full ballerina treatment with face painting, dressing up with mini-tutus and crowns, plus ballet lessons from ballerina Princess Aurora herself for a truly unforgettable experience.
We spoke to some of our friends and colleagues to find out what they love about this special event.
David Girard, head pastry chef at The Dorchester
“It is very exciting to create dedicated pastries for each of these occasions but even more so with Sleeping Beauty as it is such a well-known fairytale. We create our pastries to help narrate the story and delight the children.”
Petar Loncar, manager at The Promenade
“There is such excitement on their faces as they watch the ballet dancers perform up and down The Promenade in an amazing array of costumes. There’s such a lovely atmosphere and you can’t help but pick up on the infectious energy.”
Lauren Songberg, English National Ballet School student
“It will be great to meet so many young aspiring dancers and to see their reaction when I stand on pointe!”
Larissa Bamber, third year women’s tutor, English National Ballet School
“Working on Sleeping Beauty’s Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester is a magical experience. The format gives our dancers the opportunity to really develop the character side of their performance, as they have to interact so closely with the audience. This is a vital part of their training in helping them create their role on stage.”
Robert Whitfield, regional director and general manager of The Dorchester
“Our on-going collaboration with English National Ballet is so special and unique to The Dorchester and we are delighted to continue once again in 2017 with the story of Sleeping Beauty. It gives our guests an experience that cannot be recreated anywhere else which is why year on year it is so popular.”
Sleeping Beauty Afternoon Tea
Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27
12pm, 12.30pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 4.30pm and 5pm
£68 per adult including a glass of champagne
£39 per child aged 5–12
Please book online or call us on +44 (0)20 7629 8888