Friday, 14 June 2013

Afternoon Tea at Gallery Mess

When searching for scones today with my mom (who loves them) and dad who are visiting from Holland, we ended up at the Gallery Mess next to the Saatchi Gallery on the King's Road for some afternoon tea with a side of art.

The Gallery Mess is tucked in a corner of the Duke of York Square. We walked in on and were seated right away at a table overlooking the green in front of the Saatchi Gallery. As expected the decor has loads of references to the gallery in the shape of interesting pieces of art. So don't be surprised to find a massive shoe on your way to the loo or a glass head looking over your food.

The Gallery Mess is open from 10 am to 11.30 pm perfect for lunch and dinner. But we were here for the afternoon tea. Mom and I opted for the afternoon tea which consisted of a pot of tea of your choice. The savouries included cucumber sandwiches, bagels draped with smoked salmon, and quail's egg sandwich. There were chocolates, macaroons and a lemony cake topped with a tuft of frosting. And of course there were the scones. They were served in a white serviette, still warm out of the oven accompanied with clotted cream and jam.

On our way back to Battersea, we popped into the Saatchi Gallery and wandered around the different works of art on display. The theme of the exhibitions was paper and there was one display by an artist named Yuken Teruya that really struck me. They were dioramas inside paper shopping bags ranging from Louis Vuitton to McDonald's bags. Yuken had meticulously cut out tiny trees complete with branches full of leaves from the side of the paper bag and folded them into the bag. That's what I call being a creative recycler.

The exhibition 'Paper' was on in 2012, but  there are always exciting exhibitions on display here.  Go and have a look.

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