To me, afternoon tea is all about spending quality time with someone special – taking time out of a normal day to enjoy a little indulgent luxury. Relaxing at Rubens Hotel in their Palace Lounge was just perfect after a busy, stressful couple weeks for both my lovely friend and I.  Disclaimer: We were guests of Buyagift but my (very many) thoughts and pinky raising are very much all my own posing. There’s an old… View Post

The Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard: …

The Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard: Above the London Chimney Pots

In the words of London’s most famous Nanny herself, the Aqua Shard Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea was practically perfect in every way. With breathtaking views of the London skyline, the fabulous Angie and Binny by my side and the time-worn pages of PL Travers’ tales setting the scene, we knew from the start it was going to be a sumptuous afternoon. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Aqua Shard but my (very many) thoughts and all misappropriation of… View Post

Conrad Hotel St James | Afternoon Tea

Conrad Hotel St James | Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea. It once was the preserve (apologies for the pun) of high society ladies and has of the last few years been reinstated as a luxurious way to spend quality time with people that you adore. So, no surprise then that when I was recently invited to try the new Spring tea at an old favourite, the Conrad London St. James (then known as the Intercontinental Westminster)… Disclaimer: I was honoured to be a guest… View Post

The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

This may surprise you, but allegedly London is one of the greenest cities in the world. The reason? The Royal Parks which are under The Queen’s protection, and the small but mighty patches of green that fit slip between the brick edifices like The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries. At first glance, this is just another garden centre, curved around the corner from Warwick Avenue underground station, snugged between two terraced houses. 

Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe: Afternoon Tea Pawfection

Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe: Afternoon Tea Pawfection

Four years ago (how on earth has that time disappeared so quickly?) we excitedly booked our first – of many – visits to Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe. It was a wintery Saturday evening – because that was the only time they had free in about 3 months of searching – and I gathered together a couple of my nearest & dearest, and we enjoyed a pawfect evening petting the kitties. Warning: If you don’t like cats,… View Post