Places: An Afternoon with Ladurée Harrods, London
Wednesday 22nd June, 2016
SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH LADURÉE is as enticing an experience as it sounds. Amidst the gilded interiors of the famed British shopping centre Harrods, the Ladurée café is pastry heaven. With two floors—and even an outdoor terrace for the warmer summer months—the interior is just as one would expect: marble floors, intricate mouldings, silver chandeliers, and of course, boxes and boxes of macarons in perfect pastel colours and the most delicious-looking éclairs and tartines. Our table was by the window, in plush low pink velvet chairs…
We were invited to taste the new patisserie chef Claire Heitzler’s Spring/Summer creations, of which, I selected Le Delice, a crunchy shortbread with fresh wild strawberries, strawberry jam, and a light coconut mousse; it pairs perfectly with one of the black teas on offer, such as the Thé aux Amandes, which works well with the fruity flavour.
From the traditional menu, I also selected a bubblegum-coloured pastry—an updated version of the Marie Antoinette—with raspberry, rose petal, and lychee. Given that it is the sweetest one, combining it with a green tea to balance out the flavour would entice even those without a sweet tooth. Lastly, but not least, we also selected a few seasonal macarons—melon and forest fruits stood out, for it was their fresh summer flavour that Ladurée managed to bring out so well.
Victoria Berezhna Fashion Contributor, London
Victoria lives in the south of Spain, having moved there from her native country Ukraine when she was just a child. She finds herself looking up to timeless icons from past decades including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Katherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn, and longing for sunny afternoons on the French Riviera and walks along the Seine during spring. Always overdressed and dishing out on tailored pieces and shoes – secretly dreaming they were from Dior or Saint Laurent – she dresses for herself rather than others, and would trade breakfast for Vogue or a one way ticket to anywhere beautiful.