Bulgari Hotel London Launches Afternoon Tea With Yinka Ilori

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Bulgari Hotel London in Knightsbridge has commissioned London-based British-Nigerian artist and designer Yinka Ilori to redefine the afternoon tea stand as a sculptural work of art.

The launch of the "Yinka Ilori X Bulgari Hotel London Afternoon Tea" on September 16 coincides with the opening of Ilori’s first institutional show at the Design Museum as the city prepares to celebrate London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fairs. Ilori’s playful designs enliven the public realm using his signature combination of color and pattern, and his window façade of geometric designs and bold visual style at Bulgari Hotel London are sure to be instantly recognizable.

Specially designed afternoon tea stands, based on stacked and interlocking spheres, will take center stage. An artwork created for the occasion will recur as a motif across the hotel, from a vibrant takeover of the building’s façade, to the linen napkins on the tables which will be available for purchase as a limited-edition gift set.

Yinka Ilori
Yinka Ilori (Bulgari Hotel London)

Kostas Sfaltos, general manager, said: “We were drawn to Yinka for his obsession with color, the distinctly optimistic spirit of his bold and contemporary work, and its celebration of the diversity of the capital. That celebration of colour draws a parallel with Bulgari’s heritage as the master of colored gems, and the colorful design changes we have made to Bulgari Hotel London over the past year.”

Pastries created by pastry chef and master chocolatier Gianluca Fusto introduce autumnal combinations of Italian dried fruit with almond, pistachio, hazelnut and peanut, designed in form to complement the bold geometry and contemporary colors of Ilori’s sculptural tea stands.

The news follows the unveiling of The Bulgari Lounge’s recently refreshed interiors for the anniversary year. The lounge offers all-day dining in an Italian-style “living room” with a fireplace for cooler days. Guests can enjoy the "Yinka Ilori X Bulgari Hotel London Afternoon Tea" starting September 16, 2022 from 2 to 5 p.m. Advance bookings only.

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