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Luxury London hotel hires a poet in residence.
I wrote before about The Chesterfield Mayfair’s unique brand of afternoon tea, The Poetea, featuring musings by Britain’s premiere tea poet Elizabeth Darcy-Jones. Well, she must have gone down like a cup of tea in a drought as the hotel has just announced her as its official poet in residence.
Her stint at The Chesterfield Mayfair’s award-winning afternoon tea – the first time poetry and afternoon tea were married together in such a way at a London hotel – has been receiving rave reviews.
So it’s no wonder that the 4 star luxury hotel has decided to let her keep charming guests. Fans of her unique poems (collated in her book Distinguished Leaves) should head to the Chesterfield Mayfair for a personal interpretation at the now regular “poeteas” taking place on the first Thursday of every month – advance booking is strongly recommended.
You can expect to hear gems like the following (an extract from “Afternoon Tea at Butlers, The Chesterfield Mayfair”):
I wish I was a dancer, tracing with my feet / the lines of Butlers’ menu / where tea and cake and champagne meet!
My blog colleague Rajul went to check out a recent poetry afternoon tea in person, together with the world expert on London afternoon tea, Laura of About London (read her mouthwatering review here).
The tea poet likes to deliver a very personalised experience…priding herself on her ability to visit each table and craft a poem which suits the particular occasion or mood of each group of tea drinkers – lovebirds beware! This is definitely one of the more unusual hotel jobs…
Traditional afternoon tea at The Chesterfield Mayfair starts at £25.50 per head for a tempting selection of teas, sandwiches, fresh-baked scones with clotted cream and jam, homemade pastries and cupcakes.
Photo credit: Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel (Red Carnation Hotels), London Hotels Insight photos.