Throughout October, locals and holidaymakers alike can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with rose-hued dining at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. Available until November 8, a portion of the proceeds from the pink provisions available at TĪNG Lounge and Restaurant, GŎNG Bar and Bar 31 will be donated to the breast cancer ward of Guy’s Cancer, the hotel’s charity partner.
To honor the month-long observation, the hotel will offer a special Pink Afternoon Tea, which was inspired by the journeys of four incredible women, Gina, Maggie, Mandy and Michele, who received breast cancer treatment at Guy’s Cancer. The group also named the pastries, which are featured on the tea’s top tier.
Gina was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 after finding a lump in her breast during a check-up with her doctor. A single mother to a 10-year-old daughter, she made the difficult decision to leave her job to focus on treatment and recovery, including radiotherapy and a lumpectomy.
“Cancer can be very isolating, so I’m very grateful for the tremendous support I had from family and friends, as well as the excellent treatment I received from the hospital,” said Gina.
She named the pastry “Flo’s Fig and Hazelnut Tart” as a tribute to her daughter Florence who was her “absolute rock throughout.”
Maggie, a dance teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 after receiving the results of a biopsy from her doctor. During her second six-month round of chemotherapy, Maggie began to lose her hair and described this as the moment her diagnosis sunk in.
“While my two sons, husband, brother and school were so incredibly supportive, it was still quite frightening when my hair began to fall out,” she recalled.
Maggie named “Syd’s Smashing Sponge” after her cat, who began sleeping next to her head during this challenging time. “It’s like she knew what I was going through,” she said.
Mother of two children and previously a nurse, Mandy was diagnosed with primary breast cancer after discovering a lump in her breast in 2011. After overcoming a number of difficult operations, she experienced her first recurrence in 2013. Two years later, her condition was diagnosed as treatable, but not curable. Her optimism and strength inspired the name of the tea’s macaron, which was coined “Mandy’s Mantra Macaron.”
“I don’t let my diagnosis define me,” commented Mandy. “Every day I make the choice to pack as much life as I possibly can into the next 24 hours.”
In 2009, Michele was studying to become a social worker when she noticed a change in her left breast. Shortly after receiving a referral from her doctor, she was diagnosed with cancer. Michele continued her studies periodically while receiving treatment including six months of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, left side mastectomy and reconstruction. Michele completed her degree four years later with upper second-class honors. “Michele’s Can-do Cremeux” was named for her perseverance and positive outlook.
While breast cancer screenings were temporarily paused in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vital service has since resumed. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity for all people to prioritize their health and that of their loved ones, and the hotel’s Pink October initiatives strive to serve as a reminder of this.
Served Thursday to Sunday in TĪNG Lounge and Restaurant, the tea is priced at GBP69 (about USD90) and includes a choice of a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Brut or a Pink Lady cocktail made with pink gin, champagne, lemon juice and grenadine. Guests may also opt for the afternoon tea only priced at GBP59 (about USD77). To experience, please reserve at the restaurant’s website.