Simon & Schuster UK is partnering with the Grosvenor House hotel on a The Royal Rabbits of London afternoon tea. The experience is based on the fantastical children’s series written by Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore and illustrated by Kate Hindley.
The Grosvenor, a 5-star JW Marriott Hotel, will feature pastries created by echef Dale DeSimone themed on characters from the series. The tea will be served in the “iconic Park Room” overlooking Hyde Park and is available until summer. Every family who books the tea receives a goody bag containing a paperback edition of The Royal Rabbits of London.
The book follows runt of the litter rabbit, Shylo, who uncovers a conspiracy against the Royal Family and then discovers the “secret world of the Royal Rabbits of London, ancient defenders of the Kings and Queens of England, who live under Buckingham Palace”.
Inspired by their children, the series is the first collaboration between the husband-and-wife authors and is described as “The Hobbit meets Fantastic Mr Fox meets Watership Down”. The couple are “very excited” about the venture and said: “We hope that the children are inspired to make up stories of their own as they enjoy the pasties.”
The afternoon tea offers rabbit-themed delicacies such as cucumber, garden mint butter and carrot bread finger sandwiches as well as pastries such as BP “Underground" which boasts chocolate tunnels, sticks and stones as well as “The Delicacy…Celery” which includes candied celery with elderflower and Seperntine gin marshmallow. The experience costs £42.50 per person.
Nick Barrington-Wells, the hotel’s director of public relations, said: “Grosvenor House is delighted to be in partnership with Simon & Schuster in creating The Royal Rabbits of London Afternoon Tea. Our Executive Chef Dale DeSimone has developed an innovative experience around the characters that Santa, Sebag and Kate have created.”
The Royal Rabbits of London was published in paperback on 23rd March, and the second in the series will come out in hardback in September.
For more information, visit parkroom.co.uk