The Berkeley hotel has taken to delivering five-star, room service-style breakfasts to people’s homes across London, complete with champagne and a newspaper. Jenny Southan reports
At a time when guest occupancy is at a low, London’s ultra-luxury hotel the Berkeley has started delivering breakfasts to people’s homes instead of hotel rooms.
Giving a whole new meaning to “room service”, the breakfasts are available “during lockdown and beyond”, and are delivered both by bike (SW1X postcode only) or via food delivery company Slerp (within an eight-mile radius).
Alternatively, for people who live close by and are on an early-morning walk, breakfast bundles can be picked up directly from the hotel itself, which is located in Knightsbridge, not far from Harrods.What does breakfast include? Two menus are available… The first sees a choice of pressed juice – including the Berkeley Boost (a blend of carrot, orange, turmeric, apple and ginger) – fresh fruit salad, and a crossaint and pain au chocolat made that morning in the Berkeley’s on-site bakery. These are accompanied by salted butter and strawberry jam.The second menu features two additional items – a Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, and granola with Greek yoghurt, berries and Acacia honey.
The Berkeley Breakfasts are bundled with a copy of The Times newspaper, in brown paper with personalised tags and each stamped with a message from the hotel. All recipients need to do is boil the kettle and make a pot of tea or coffee.
For a celebratory start to the morning, half or full bottles of champagne are available, accompanied by orange juice for a classic breakfast Mimosa.
Breakfast in Bed from the Berkeley cost £15 or £24 per person. Orders must be placed by 7pm the day before delivery via Slerp.
The Berkeley is one of a handful of trend-setting hotels that have deen delivery gourmet meals to people at home throughout the pandemic.
Others include Hotel Cafe Royale, the Soho Hotel, which delivers a £50 Veuve Clicquot afternoon tea, and The Dorchester, which delivers fine-dining lunches and dinners for £600 a head, and The Connaught (sister hotel to the Berkeley), which does a five-course menu by Hélène Darroze for two people from £180.