I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the London skyline. It’s been a dozen years already, and my heart still thumps every time I get to admire the beautiful views of London town – even more when it’s accompanied by champagne and afternoon tea at the Shangri-La London. Disclaimer: We were guests of Shangri-La London, but all flute tinkling, fork twirling and London skyline admiration is pure, unadulterated me.
Celebrating motherhood and the eagerly anticipated birth of the baby (little Archie!) of His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, this Royal High Tea takes inspiration from people closest to the chef’s hearts – their mothers.
Afternoon tea is a confection straight out of a Roman myth; conversation and delicate treats wrapping around the spindle of an afternoon tea stand, essential ingredients threaded into the warp and weft of Ariadne’s loom. Or some may say enjoying a few hours of afternoon tea somewhere like Cranley Hotel is just a lovely way to while away an afternoon with a good friend – one who you’ve explored some remarkable ancient places with.
I prefer to take the former and latter approach to life, so yeah. Call me extra if you will.
Each year I think back over the best dishes I’ve enjoyed, and 2018 has been utterly delectable. So delicious that I had to share my 13 favourite London dishes of 2018.
London is in her cuisine groove and 2019 is only going to get better.
There is a special magic that falls over London at this time of year, a shimmer that only appears between late autumn twilights and inky early winter evenings. I’ve had a touch of the Grinch about me this year, but spending the afternoon enjoying the festive afternoon tea at the Connaught Hotel cast the Christmas spell over me, with a twinkle of fairy lights dancing between champagne bubbles.
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of The Connaught Hotel, but my ruminations, glittery dress and exacting afternoon tea standards are all very much my own.
The festive magic shows itself, dancing subtly between hung baubles, notes of laughter and the glimmer of festive dresses that we pulled out of our wardrobes with sheer glee.
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 quotes can definitively be laid at my boots.
Launched to celebrate the re-release by HarperCollins Children’s Books of the 5 fabulous Mary Poppins books and to herald the new movie coming out nearer Christmas, we couldn’t wait to see what the inventive Aqua team had devised for this childhood classic.