The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard has always been so supportive of it’s local community, often sourcing fresh produce from nearby Borough Market and I remember during the festive period last year they were encouraging people to donate any old glass baubles and were donating £1 for every bauble received to Guys and St Thomas’ charity.
All through October until 8th November they have a new and really fantastic initiative available – a Pink Afternoon Tea in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month for which a portion of the proceeds of each Pink Afternoon Tea will be donated to the breast cancer ward of Guy’s Cancer, the hotel’s charity partner. As well as the Pink Afternoon Tea, they also have a speciality dish at TĪNG, a special cocktail at GONG and a Pink G&T at Bar 31 available during this period for which proceeds of these will also be donated.
This is a special cause for me as I have loved ones who have lost their battle with Breast Cancer and so I was grateful to be able to experience the Pink Afternoon Tea in honour of it. I arrived to a stunning Pink theme throughout the hotel, including the staff donning pink masks, pink ribbons and the cutest pink post it notes everywhere with inspiring messages. I absolutely love their dedication to this fantastic cause!
We had a fabulous table by the window with my favourite view of London!
To start off with we had a theatrical palate cleanser of Berry, Apricot and Calamansi, which was absolutely delicious.
Then arrived our gorgeous stand filled with the prettiest treats, which are really meaningful.
Lets start with the savouries first though!
We each had a plate that had a delicious selection of a Bermondsey Cheese Spring Onion Quiche, Wiltshire Ham Tunworth on White Bread, Salted Cucumber Cream Cheese & Pink Peppercorn on Harissa Bread and Smoked Salmon and Wasabi “Gougere.” They were all so delicious but my favourite was the quiche – so moreish!
Now, the most special part, the Sweet Tier!
The Pink Afternoon Tea was actually inspired by 4 incredible women; Gina, Maggie, Mandy and Michele, who all received breast cancer treatment at Guy’s Cancer. Each of the four pastries has been named after each of them and I’ll go through each one as well as go into each of their stories.
First up, with the Breast Cancer signature pink ribbon is Mandy’s Mantra Macaroon.
Mother of two children and previously a nurse, Mandy was diagnosed with primary breast cancer after discovering a lump in her breast in 2011. After overcoming a number of difficult operations, she experienced her first recurrence in 2013. Two years later, her condition was diagnosed as treatable, but not curable. The sweet treat in honour of her is called “Mandy’s Mantra Macaron” inspired by her optimism and strength through this time.
Next we have “Flo’s Fig and Hazelnut Tart” which was named by Gina, a single mother, as a tribute to her daughter Florence, who has been her rock. Gina was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 after finding a lump in her breast during a check-up with her doctor. She made the difficult decision to leave her job to focus on treatment and recovery, including radiotherapy and a lumpectomy.
Maggie, a dance teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 after receiving the results of a biopsy from her doctor. She named her pastry after her cat, who had been sleeping by her head when she began to lose her hair whilst undergoing chemotherapy. She called it “Syd’s Smashing Sponge” and it is a delicious cake with Vanilla Chantilly & Fresh Berries.
Finally, “Michele’s Can–do Cremeux” was named for her perseverance and positive outlook. In 2009, Michele was studying to become a social worker when she noticed a change in her left breast. Shortly after receiving a referral from her doctor, she was diagnosed with cancer. Michele continued her studies periodically while receiving treatment including six months of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, left side mastectomy and reconstruction. Amazingly, Michele completed her degree four years later with upper second-class honours!
This is a truly special Afternoon Tea for such a brilliant cause. I highly recommend it as every aspect of it is beautifully done and the setting is absolutely divine with those mesmerising London views that I can never tire of.
The Pink Afternoon Tea costs £59 per person or £69 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé or a Pink Lady cocktail made with pink gin, Champagne, lemon juice and grenadine.
Visit their website here to find out more and book: https://www.ting-shangri-la.com/afternoon-tea/pink-october-tea