Peggy Porschen Halloween Afternoon Tea

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By Annette Kellow

The date the 31st October never goes out of fashion. Once it’s main revellers were children but it has now gone full circle and is definitely a chance for the adults to join in on the fun too! Peggy Porschen has added her own magical twist to Halloween and has put on a spooktacular display at her tea parlour on Ebury Street.

Arriving at the pink paradise in Belgravia, I was delighted to see the outside had been decorated with pink bejewelled skulls, iridescent pumpkins and of course the classic floral display that has made her the most Instagrammed store in London!

I knew there would be some themed delights inside so entered to find a beautiful display of cakes in a long glass cabinet. I had gone on an empty stomach (bad mistake) and suddenly found myself wanting to try them all! After an inner debate, I decided to be good (ish) and sample the Pumpkin Spice cupcake. This arrived with a perfect chocolate stencilled cappuccino in a pink pastel cup, which is one of Peggy’s specialities, decorated coffee! My friend picked out the spooky Skulls and Pearls cupcake which also looked delicious and I resisted stealing a bite.

Peggy Porschen studied at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school. She established Peggy Porschen Cakes in 2003, a bespoke design company that not only reflects her life-long love of baking but also celebrates beautiful craftsmanship, inspired by romance, femininity and fashion. Her cookies and cakes have graced many A-list events, such as Elton John's White Tie & Tiara Ball whilst her first book, Pretty Party Cakes, was voted Best Entertaining Cookbook by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Her menu also has the most exquisite drinks list (yet is not over-bearing in choice and style). If tea is your thing then her carefully curated tea selection will definitely hit the right notes for your taste buds. The latest autumn addition, Spiced Apple, is an infusion of sweet apple pieces, warming winter spices and pomegranate- perfect for cold winter days.

Inside the parlour there is beautifully wrapped biscuits, cookbooks and a lot of pink! Infact I purposely wore pink to fit in with the décor! The bakery’s fans include Madonna, Elton John, and Kate Moss, and her cakes have won rave reviews from the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair. Peggy herself has an ethic that has won her legions of fans, simply known as ‘edible art’ it would be hard to disagree- and with the picture perfect cakes, décor and ambience, you will definitely be a Belgravia belle in this beautiful tea house. An elegant afternoon and the ultimate chic Halloween outing!