12 February 2015

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Over a year ago a blogpost went up entreating a group of blog junkies friends to share their travel wishlists for the year ahead in a one-time linkup. Kelly and Rebecca and I had the crazy idea to continue the tradition on with variation of themes, and 13 months later we've been treated to 340 wonderful blogposts on subjects as diverse as Travel 'pinch me' moments, The most fantastic, weird or memorable 'fish out of water' experiences and A Room with a View.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

We're lucky enough to be joined each month by bloggers who live all over the globe: Canada, the UAE, Sunsvall Sweden, Oxford, America, Hawaii, New Zealand, the Arctic Circle, Yorkshire... I could go on! Many of the months have also been co-hosted by terrific travelistas from all corners of the world, bringing their own cheery smiles to the metaphorical table.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

To celebrate our anniversary, we were thrilled when 25 of our lovely linkers were able to meet face-to-face in a private room in Brown's Hotel, in the heart of Mayfair. Travelling from all over the UK and London, we gathered with glasses of bubbly to toast the many absent friends who we weren't able to catch up with, before turning to the serious work of cake enjoyment literally at hand.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Disclaimer: We received a slight discount, but my (many) opinions are only ever my own, and I would without hesitation return and pay the full price. In fact another birthday afternoon tea with a good friend has already been booked...

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

The hotel has hosted some notable people. Alexander Graham Bell went to stay in 1876 to demonstrate his new invention – the telephone – and the first successful telephone call in Great Britain was made from Brown's in 1876. Other notable people who have stayed at Brown's include Cecil Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia, Rudyard Kipling (who completed The Jungle Book there) and Agatha Christie, who is popularly believed to have based her 1965 mystery At Bertram's Hotel on Brown's. Celebrated Victorian writers Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, JM Barrie and Bram Stoker were also all regular visitors.
Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

And now a giggling table of travel addicted bloggers (we even managed to be graced with the cooing presence representing the next generation of blogging babes - though who know what blogging will be like then?)

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

It was delicious. We had the Roosevelt room all to ourselves (which was ideal for all of our squealing, hugging and blog-speak chatting as we celebrated the New Year). Our waiters were impeccable, taking us through the menu and order of the day, filling glasses and whisking away empty plates of goodies, only to be replaced bursting with treats.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)


Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

They catered for all of our dietary requirements - the gluten gang, dairy free darlings and vegetarian valentines (sorry, it must be all of the sugar). I can happily confirm that the newly revamped gluten free menu is delicious - soft sandwiches with traditional fillings (including my favourite from Buckingham Palace - Cucumber and fresh mint *swoon*), perfectly biteable scones and a bevvy of delicious looking desserts.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

I do have a confession to make, I was too busy chatting and catching up to really dive into the top tier, but it looked delicious.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

To top up our sugar buzz, we loved the slices that came out later (the gluten free offering was bars of ginger cake - my favourite - and chocolate cake) to accompany our cups of Brown’s Afternoon Blend Tea. It was rather lush.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Brown's Hotel is simply beautiful. A cozy array of nooks, mahogany wall panelling, drawing rooms, library rooms and suites of occasion rooms (we popped quickly into their Kipling suite and for a cheeky aperitif in their bar).

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

With hand painted wall paper and quotes dancing the walls from The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling, we rather fell in love.

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel (and a hashtag of bloggers)

26 comments :

  1. O I so wish there was a high speed tunnel from me to London so I could have joined!! Perhaps in the fall I will be able to meet up for one!

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  2. It looks like it was an incredible afternoon! Next time! xx

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  3. Wow this looks like an awesome place to have afternoon tea I am so jealous! x

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  4. This was such a lovely day, I'm so so glad I went! It was great to meet all the bloggers whose posts I've admired.

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  5. What a lovely afternoon! Such a fun way to meet other bloggers and those treats look delicious :)

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  6. I loved every minute there, I'm working at compiling my pics, I didn't take near as many as I thought! Can't wait for the next travel link up adventure, sleepover at the shard?! haha

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  7. So awesome that you all got to get together. I absolutely love the first picture with everyone taking pictures!! I am always taking pictures of my food and my friends and family always patiently waiting, but being out with a bunch of bloggers who all want pictures of all of the food must have been so much fun!

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  8. I am so sad I didn't get to come!! It all looks amazing - maybe next year, if I have my visa (fingers crossed). So jealous you guys all got to have such a lovely meet up!

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  9. Yes, definitely! I think there are whispers of a brunch maybe? All the girls were pretty excited to do it again!

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  10. Definitely a great day and loved meeting everyone! x

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  11. Oh Emma, I'm still sad I didn't come. It looks wonderful!!

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  12. Wasn't it fabulous! It was really so nice to say hey x

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  13. It was such a lovely way to spend a grey Sunday afternoon!

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  14. Next time you're in London... (any excuse!)

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  15. We'll have to make a special trip if not :)

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  16. Aww. That is so lovely!! I will let you know :)

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  17. You might have to organise one in Wellington next time you're over. If only we can find a hotle with as much history.

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  18. NYC Style Cannoli14 February 2015 at 22:29

    What a wonderful event! So lucky everyone was who attended!

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  19. We definitely should - that would be so much fun!

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  20. I read Dannielle's post earlier and now I'm reading this (obviously...).. but it does look like a pretty great tea and pretty great people!

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  21. It was such a lovely afternoon - and such lovely company!

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