NEW: A Sophisticated Afternoon Tea Served With a Slice of Jewellery

NEW: A Sophisticated Afternoon Tea Served With a Slice of Jewellery

  • Enjoy an award-winning afternoon tea at The Grand Hotel Birmingham
  • Limited-edition menu served alongside a piece of jewellery by luxury local brand V by Laura Vann 

Birmingham, UK. The Grand Hotel Birmingham is introducing a limited-edition version of its afternoon tea experience — the perfect way to celebrate a milestone, birthday, anniversary or just because. Elevating the experience to new heights, and in partnership with Birmingham based luxury jewellery brand V by Laura Vann, the new Sparkling Afternoon Tea will be available for two weeks from Wednesday to Sunday, from 29 May 2024.

The award-winning afternoon tea at The Grand is served in the Salon of Madeleine bar — a slice of Parisian chic on the city’s elegant Colmore Row. For this limited edition menu, each Afternoon Tea will be delivered with a glass of English Simpsons sparkling and a side of exquisite jewellery — a necklace from the esteemed V by Laura Vann collection. At £70 per person including the piece of jewellery, and with each item of jewellery worth over £70, this Sparkling Afternoon Tea demonstrates incredible value and a true, one-of-a-kind experience.

V by Laura Vann is stocked by some of the world’s leading retailers including Selfridges, Liberty London and Fortnum & Mason. Whether it’s the best-selling Daphne pendant, the beautiful simplicity of the Coco Pearl necklace or the classic silhouette of the Pamela and Darcy designs, each guest will take home a piece from V by Laura Vann’s coveted collection of art deco-inspired designs. You’ll be in good company, too, as fans of the brand include Daisy Edgar Jones, Anya Taylor-Joy and Meghan Markle.

Of the collaboration, Charlotte Horler, Hotel Manager of The Grand Hotel Birmingham, said: “We wanted to celebrate the history of Birmingham’s jewellery quarter, which is on our doorstep, by offering our guests a unique experience. Laura is a proud Brummie and wonderful ambassador for the city, so it made perfect sense to work together to deliver an indulgent afternoon tea. Laura’s design aesthetic is a perfect match for The Grand’s concept too — paying homage to heritage but brought beautifully up to date.”

Laura Vann, the award-winning designer and founder of V by Laura Vann, added: “There’s such great synergy between the aesthetic of the Grand and our jewellery and the hotel is one of my favourite hometown destinations. Launching this Sparkling Afternoon Tea experience – a chance to immerse yourself in modern deco jewels in beautiful contemporary vintage surroundings – feels like such a natural partnership and we’re excited to offer guests the chance to take away one of our select pieces of jewellery as a memento of their day.”

The spring Afternoon Tea menu features classic savouries such as free range egg mayonnaise, and cucumber, dill and horseradish sandwiches, as well as a smoked salmon and asparagus tart. Sweet treats include Yorkshire rhubarb and stem ginger cake with rhubarb compote and crème diplomat and passionfruit tart and sudachi with sable biscuit. Guests will also enjoy a fresh take on the classic scone, including a lemon and poppy seed scone with earl grey compote and strawberry and vanilla preserve.

Guests can book the Sparkling Afternoon Tea experience on Open Table here for £70, from Wednesday to Sunday, 1pm – 5pm, for two weeks from Wednesday 29 May 2024.


About V by Laura Vann

Inspired by jewellery that has survived the test of time, V was created in 2013 by Birmingham-based designer, Laura Vann. Encapsulating an ethos of longevity, V counters fast fashion with enduring Modern Deco design. Each piece is made to last both in terms of a timeless aesthetic and sustainable origin, using recycled metals and ensuring ethical production through rigorous SMETA auditing.

Guided by over 20 years of experience from her family’s jewellery business, V has quickly evolved and is stocked by only the finest jewellers and fashion boutiques world-wide including Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason. Never trend-led, V jewels transcend age in the hope that all generations may share, wear and treasure them for a lifetime.

About The Grand Hotel Birmingham

In 1875, Isaac Horton and his architect, Thomson Plevins, began work on a 100-bedroom hotel on the corner of Colmore Row and Church Street — The Grand Hotel Birmingham opened some four years later, on 1 February 1879. Further additions and extensions were made over the following 15 years, chiefly the Louis XIV-style ballroom.

For the whole of the 20th century, The Grand Hotel was a Birmingham landmark, and for the best part of that time a byword for luxury and civic pride. The hotel closed in 2002 but now, after re-opening in Summer 2021, following a £45 million restoration and refurbishment of the spectacular, Grade 2* listed building, The Grand Hotel is back. This is a Birmingham institution, delivering 19th-century splendour with a 21st century attitude.

At A Glance

  • 185 bedrooms and suites, including a 2-bedroom, penthouse apartment
  • 10 extraordinary event spaces, including the Grand Ballroom, which can host up to 300 guests
  • New-York inspired destination restaurant Isaac’s on the corner of Barwick Street and Church Street
  • Elegant Parisian-inspired cocktail bar and afternoon tea salon, Madeleine

Outdoor roof terrace courtyard for private hire and seasonal