Nature

Eat cake, save elephants: The afternoon tea with a twist

Help prevent animals from going extinct

Chomping on a scone with clotted cream and jam is usually little more than an indulgence with friends, or indeed alone if you like your own company.

Now, you can nosh pastries galore safe in the knowledge you are also doing charitable work at the same time as sinking your teeth into a sweet treat.

It’s all thanks to The Petersham in London’s Covent Garden, a divine eatery that prides itself on being a culinary oasis in the fast-paced beating heart of the city.

[Credit: The Petersham]

The Italian-inspired venue belongs under the umbrella of Petersham Nurseries, a family business that boasts two restaurants, a lifestyle shop, a deli and a plant nursery.

On their mission to nurture and protect our planet, they have teamed up with the Elephant Family, dedicated to protecting the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

Over the last 50 years, their population has roughly halved and 90% of their habitat has disappeared, with the charity working tirelessly to reverse this damage.

[Credit: The Petersham]

By popping into The Petersham for an ‘Elephant Family Tea’, you will be supporting these majestic creatures as a donation of the bill will go directly to keeping the elephants safe.

The menu, priced at £55 per person, looks exquisite with spring pea and potato samosas, kedgeree scotch quail eggs and coronation chicken flatbread to tickle the savoury tastebuds.

Then for the sweet-tooth fiends, you’ll be treated to rum baba, Earl Grey tea cake, banana and tumeric macaron, as well as mango layered slice coconut éclair.

[Credit: The Petersham]

Oh, and did we mention there is also a hibiscus Bellini cocktail too.

While you won’t quite be able to kick back alongside the largest land mammals on earth while sitting in the Big Smoke, you will see stunning life-size elephants made from lantana camara (a species of flowering plant native to the American tropics) as you polish off your treats.

To plan your visit, click here: The Petersham.

[Credit: The Petersham]

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