Introducing the Charbonnel et Walker/ May Fair Hotel Afternoon Tea!

A short walk from our Old Bond Street Store, delight in a range of treats including chocolate scones with vanilla marscarpone, chocolate and orange cake and tiramisu, accompanied by a tempting assortment of truffles.

This signature tea is available daily until 30th June, 2017, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Pre-booking is required.

Please contact 0207 915 3892 or [email protected] /  May Fair Kitchen, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT.

Exclusive Chocolate Tasting and Christmas Shopping Evening with Ramos Pinto

Join us for a special Christmas evening on Tuesday 4th December at our Bond Street Store from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Celebrate Christmas with a divine chocolate tasting and explore the heritage of Britain’s first luxury chocolatier with our Head Chocolatier Adam Lee.  In partnership with Ramos Pinto established in 1880, enjoy perfectly created unique Ports with bold character paired with carefully considered Charbonnel et Walker signature chocolates.

With exclusive access to the magical Royal Arcade on London’s Bond Street,

tickets are £10 and redeemable against any purchase from £30 and above.

A further 10% discount is available on all  purchases for the evening.

To reserve your ticket, please contact our team on 0207 318 2075. Spaces are limited to 25.

We look forward to welcoming you for an enchanting Christmas evening.

The Art Of Eating Chocolate

Chocolate comes in various forms and shapes, from consistency and texture over to its flavour – many things we enjoy about chocolate are very obvious to us. What is interesting is that chocolate can be experienced using more than simply our sense of taste. If you want to enjoy a gourmet chocolate moment to its fullest, consider doing it mindfully, engaging your other senses. Just like wine tasting, the memory of gourmet chocolate will stay with you.
You will soon discover that there is a lot more to chocolate than meets your taste buds.

To do so, start by visually examining the size, colour, shape and texture of your chocolate. Each aspect will instantly cause your brain to form an idea of the taste. However, try to keep an open mind and take the chocolate you are about to eat for exactly what it looks like.

Even though you might be ready to eat it, take a moment to discover the scent of your chocolate. Is there a distinctive smell of a particular flavour? You should be able to already tell the extent of sweetness or bitterness that defines your chocolate. In fact, the act of ‘tasting’ can be attributed as strongly to smelling as it can to tasting. Are you already able to go into even more detail? For example, do you sense an aroma of coffee, lemon, champagne, or perhaps, a much sweeter vanilla?

If you are holding a Charbonnel et Walker chocolate, by now your curiosity should have taken over, finally it is time to taste it! Pay special attention to the texture and take some time to allow for the chocolate to melt. Now ask yourself: Is the melt smooth or on the lighter side? Most importantly, what taste is left once it has gone? Your focus should now be the aftertaste duration that reveals the quality of ingredients used in your chocolate.

Charbonnel et Walker chocolates are hand-made to the traditional recipes of Madame Charbonnel. We are particularly renowned for our dark chocolate, made from the finest dark couverture. The result is a decadently rich taste with an extensive aftertaste duration, leading to an unforgettable experience.

The idea of mindfulness as a whole is to encourage people to live in- and enjoy the moment. With multiple research findings confirming that chocolate has active components contributing to a better mood, it only makes sense to put all your worries on hold to experience the variety of a single bite. Happy chocolate tasting!

Our English Afternoon Tea Truffle!

New from Charbonnel et Walker, our English Afternoon Tea Truffle is a delicate and quintessentially British flavour.

We have partnered with luxury tea company, Newby Teas to offer you the perfect pairing.

Enjoy our milk and white chocolate truffles infused with the beautiful flavour of Bergamot and lightly dusted with cocoa powder alongside a complimentary exquisite gift with each purchase, a beautiful box of Newby Teas refined, loose Earl Grey Tea.

Afternoon Tea was first introduced in England in the mid-19th Century. Attributed to the Duchess of Bedford, she was rumoured to find the long stretch between lunch and the evening meal difficult to endure without a snack in between!

If only a Charbonnel et Walker English Afternoon Tea Truffle and a delightful cup of Newby Earl Grey tea had been available, we are sure she would have approved!

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Charbonnel et Walker: Established in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is Britains first luxury chocolatier. A creative partnership between Mme Charbonnel et Mrs Walker, we our renowned for our chocolates and truffles, many of which are still made to traditional recipes of Mme Charbonnel and presented in beautiful gift boxes.

About Newby Teas:

Newby Teas is the most awarded international brand in high-end luxury tea. The company is committed to the preservation not only of the character of tea itself, but also its history and culture.

Only the finest leaves from a variety of tea gardens, picked at their most prime season, are selected.

Newby Earl Grey black tea forms part of their exquisite Heritage Collection.

Many stories exist recounting how Earl Grey tea come to bear the name of a former British Prime Minister. Some say he was introduced to the tea on a trip to China, others claim it was at his Northumbria home that a dash of bergamot oil was first added to his tea. Well-balanced and fragrant, Earl Grey has since gone on to charm the world with its sweet citrus flavour.

Tasting notes:

A bright-amber cup with a fragrant citrus aroma and smooth finish. Balanced and full-bodied with sweet hints of bergamot.

For more information on luxury tea brand Newby Teas, please click here:

Inspirational Mothers

And, Children who followed in their Mothers’ footsteps

15th March is Mothering Sunday, the day when we celebrate the most important woman in our lives – our Mother. The influence a Mother can have on her child is tremendous.
We have selected some inspirational mother-children examples featuring women who sparked their children’s desire to follow in their footsteps

Carine Roitfield (ex Editor of French Vogue) and her daughter Julia Reston Roitfield
Former Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield began modeling when she was 18 before turning her career to writing and styling. Similarly, her daughter Julia Reston Roitfield moved into the fashion world to work in a job that is both creative and inspired by her mother’s influential role in fashion, following her degree in Design Management from Parsons School of Design. She works as a model, a designer and is now a Mother herself with beautiful blog, Romy & The Bunnies.

Josephine Baker and Son Jean-Claude Baker
Jean-Claude Baker was the last child to be adopted by the Baker’s Rainbow Family. Josephine first met him when 14-year old Jean-Claude worked as a hotel porter in France. After adopting him, Jean-Claude grew up to work as a model, in music production and as a nightclub owner. He also ran the famous Chez Josephine, a restaurant popular amongst pre-Broadway diners.

Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger
Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of Stones musician Mick Jagger and supermodel and business woman Jerry Hall. Jerry told Georgia to always do what makes her happy, that’s when she would be most successful. Georgia listened and followed in the same direction as her Mother. She is now seen on the covers of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and featured in Mulberry, Thierry Mugler and Rimmel ads, just to name a few.

Judy Campbell and daughter Jane Birkin, and granddaughter Charlotte Gainsbourg
Here, we have three generations of inspiring Mums. Judy Campbell was an English actress and appeared in many films particularly popular in the 1940s. Her daughter, Jane Birkin has become an even bigger name, not only for acting but also singing. And of course, for being the Hermes’ muse, who immortalised her name in what is now cult fashion item, the Birkin Bag. Her personal relationship and creative collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg’s throughout the 60s also left long lusting cultural legacy. Beginning of the 70s, they had a daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Charlotte’s parents also inspired her to become both an actress and singer, and fortunately so: she won awards for both her acting and her music. And can you guess what Charlotte’s half-sister Lou Doillon, Jane Birkin’s other child does apart from modeling? Correct, she acts and sings!

Marie Curie and daughter Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist and Chemist Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Not only that: She won it twice and was the only person to do so in different sciences. Inspired by her Mother, Marie’s daughter Irene Joliot-Curie went on to work in Chemistry, which led to a Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking discovery of artificial radioactivity. And even Irene’s children both moved into science. Overall, there is no family in history that has been awarded with the Nobel Prize as often as the Curie family, a total of five Nobel Prizes.

Sargent at National Portrait Gallery

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth

One of the major exhibitions happening in London in 2015 is John Singer Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends that is running until 25 May 2015. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The exhibition will uniquely give an insight into Sargent’s life through his work with selectively curated intimate and non-commissioned portraits Sargent painted of his spectacular circle of friends. A variety of stories behind the paintings in this exhibition display the keen interest Sargent had in arts, music, literature and theater. Not surprisingly, amongst his painted friends were some of the most impressive advocates for the cultural movement of the time: Claude Monet, Robert Louis Stevenson, Auguste Rodin and Ellen Terry.

His works have been lent by museums from all over the world: Musée Rodin, Musée d’Orsay, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, just to name a few.

In 1889, Sargent painted a portrait of Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth placing a crown on her head after the murder of King Duncan while wearing a beautiful green dress. Terry even wrote a letter to her daughter expressing her amazement over the dress and called Sargent’s painting the sensation of 1889. Only a year later, it was exhibited in Paris, later Chicago, then Liverpool, until Irving bought the painting to display it at Lyceum Theatre. After Irving’s death, Sir Joseph Duveen donated it to the Tate Gallery beginning of the 20th century.

Ellen Terry was an English theater actress, and a renowned customer of Charbonnel et Walker. She joined Henry Irving’s company in 1878 where she worked as his leading lady in plays such as The Merchant of Venice or as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. In fact, Sargent painted her twice, the first time as Lady Macbeth, the second time for Terry’s golden jubilee programme in 1906. The painting of Ellen Terry in her beetle-wing gown can also be viewed at the current exhibition in the National Potrait Gallery.

As part of the exhibition, we have partnered with the National Portrait Gallery to offer one lucky winner a year’s supply of chocolates!
To enter, use the touch screen at the exhibition or the form on the Gallery’s website on

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