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Shangri-La’s afternoon tea, Setsubun roll cakes in Yokohama

Shangri-La’s afternoon tea

In commemoration of the opening the Shangri-La’s new hotel in the Shard, London, the Shangri-La Tokyo has invited executive pastry chef Nicolas Patterson from the London hotel for a special afternoon tea in The Lobby Lounge from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2.

The new hotel, the Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London, will open this spring as the first Shangri-La hotel in the United Kingdom. Patterson is an award-winning pastry chef with experience at such prominent hotels as the Dorchester and the Café Royal.

In cooperation with Virgin Atlantic, The Lobby Lounge customers can enjoy a British traditional afternoon tea set that includes some of the London hotel’s signature items, such as “Café au Lait” and “Chocolate Temptation,” for ¥3,900. Customers can enjoy as much tea as they wish, choosing from a variety of authentic brews. For ¥5,500, a glass of sparkling wine is also included.

This elegant afternoon tea is available from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays (from 1:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.) Prices include tax and are subject to a service charge.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is a two-minute walk from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station. For more information and reservations, call 03-6739-7877 or visitwww.shangri-la.jp .

Setsubun roll cakes in Yokohama

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is offering its popular roll cakes ahead of the Setsubun festival from Jan. 25 to Feb. 3.

The hotel’s original roll cake has proved very popular since its introduction in 2010 and has quickly sold out every year.

Five large strawberries and whipped cream are wrapped in an almond flavored sponge cake covered with a cocoa crepe, making the cake look very much like a sushi roll. Mango roll cakes will also be offered. The sweet whipped cream and the tanginess of the fruit make a perfect combination.

The 12-cm-long, 4-cm-diameter cakes are available for ¥525, including tax, and are a great treat for all generations.

There will only be 50 of each type of roll cake offered each day in the hotel’s pastry shop, The Patisserie, with 25 cakes of each type on sale from 10 a.m. and another 25 from 2 p.m. Customers may purchase only five.

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a two-minute walk from Minatomirai Station (Minatomirai Line) or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station (Blue, Keihin-Tohoku, Negishi and Yokohama lines). For more information or preorders, call 045-223-2678 or visitwww.interconti.co.jp/yokohama .