I don’t officially turn 23 until next week (20th April to be exact) but as I will be in Rome then I got to celebrate in London this weekend!
On Friday I met my gorgeous mummy from Euston train station and we headed to Harrods for the Dior Exhibition (which you can read about here) before our high tea afternoon at The Ritz. Afternoon tea at The Ritz is done in sessions, so we joined many other excited ladies for the 1.30pm seating. It is fair to say the hotel is absolutely beautiful; there are huge gold and white curtains, gilded mirrors, real silver ornate teapots and cutlery, a pianist playing at a grand piano and even the toilets are powder puff pink with huge murals on the walls! It is hard not to feel excited when you are surrounded by such luxury.
We went for the standard Afternoon Tea which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, plain scones with jam and cream, a pot of tea and a selection of mini cakes. The sandwiches were the traditional type, including egg and cress, cheese and pickle, ham and mustard, smoked salmon with lemon butter, and chicken mayo. After you finish your first sandwiches a waiter in tails comes round to see if you want anymore, so we of course said yes!
The mini cakes included a rich chocolate cake, a cream bakewell tart cake and macaroons, though half way through our seating another waiter came around with a trolley offering coffee and walnut cake (which was DELICIOUS!), lemon drizzle cake and a panna cotta desert. By this time we were getting really stuffed, though we still managed to sample the scones with thick Devonshire cream and sweet strawberry jam.
It was definitely a fabulous way to spend a rainy London afternoon and I would absolutely recommend it for the excitement and indulgence, though saying this, you do get the slight sense that they are not paying as much attention to you as they are busy thinking about turning over for the next shift. Plus the pianist didn’t play for very long! I have to say, I still think the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel might have the slight edge…
Last night I went out at Piccadilly Institute which seems to have a million rooms over a million floors! I was with a big group so it was hard at first keeping track of everyone , especially as it was so busy (and hot) but we had a good night with plenty of dancing. I wore a Primark cut-out aztec dress underneath my Zara drop hem skirt but there aren’t many good pics of me from the night so I shall leave you with this bad boy!