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The Connaught, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property in London, is known for their incredible desserts that are more like works of art. So, to highlight the deliciously designed treats, the hotel just opened The Connaught Patisserie that looks like an intricately crafted pink jewelry box.
London-based design studio Ab Rogers Design made the confectionary heaven come to life by focusing on rose-hued design elements. Rosa Tea pink marble makes up the floors, and polished pink walls surrounded visitors. A large sculptural clock hangs on the pink wall behind the counter to show customers what treats they can expect throughout the day, from an early morning pain au chocolat to delicate afternoon patisserie and cakes to pick up on the way home for a special post-dinner treat.
The furniture enhances the blush setting as the curved chairs are perched under the hand blown hot pink crystal lights. Mirrors reflect Mount Street's redbrick outside while bronze fixtures and warm white marble counters and tables make the bright color pop. And outside, you'll find grand columns with a pink flag flying.
While the design is striking, the space is all about the delicacies crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Nicolas Rouzaud and his team of pâtissiers. At the counter, there will be lemon madeleines, walnut financiers, and chouquettes, as well as 10 seasonal patisseries. Expect to find classics like Paris-Brest, Apple Tatin, and St Honoré, and ones with more contemporary ingredients such as a Yuzu Éclair, a Mango and Passion Fruit Mousse cake, and a Chocolate Tonka Tart.
A changing daily cake will also be part of the seasonal rotation, and you can't walk away without trying the chocolate hazelnut cake shaped like the hotel's emblem: the Connaught hound. Of course, everything is boxed and wrapped in ribbon to top off the sweet experience.
"It has always been our goal to open this little jewel of a patisserie at this special location, and I'm so happy to be doing it at this time for our Mayfair neighbors and London community. Never have we needed the joy and comfort of cakes more," owner Paddy McKillen told Departures in a statement. "The involvement of the Rogers family is particularly special for me."