Amidst the noise and crowds, the shops and carts all I needed was an inhale of a tranquil oasis, somewhere where I could lose myself in the beauty of what God has created. The closest place that fitted my cravings was St. James Park, so this is where mt feet carried me..
An early spring has waved into London this year and every park is ornamented with beautiful-odoriferous blossoms that were falling off their branches discoloring the ground as if a shower of pink snow had fallen. I honestly cannot describe how beautiful the park is because of them and how joyful it is to look at them!
Spring season doesn’t only mean the end of cold but it also means the end of dark-s. Dark coats, caps and boots. We can finally pop in some color..
I think pastels are absolutely magnificent for spring, not too bright but light enough.
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Before talking afternoon tea, I wanted to tell you about the places you shouldn’t miss when you’re up for tea and something sweet. I’d highly recommend Aubaine and Cocomaya. Both are two of my all time favorites.
I haven’t experienced Connaught hotel & The Claridge’s afternoon tea yet but I’ve been there for lunch and desserts I would rate them both as very average which kept me hesitant about going there again for the afternoon tea.
Now to what mostly London is famous for… While I was searching for the best places for afternoon tea I came across the history of it and how it all started so I thought I’d share it with you. Apparently the ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. In the 1800s she was only allowed to eat two main meals a day. Breakfast in the early morning and dinner late in the evening (I don’t think I would’ve survived in that era). Weakened and irritated by hunger pangs each day, she decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. Fortunately this ritual converted to a global tradition.
Places I’ve been to:
Sketch – The Parlour : In terms of the quality of food I’d rate sketch as number 1. Everything is absolutely delicious starting of sandwiches to desserts to scones. Also they have a lovely collection of tea and other drinks. The atmosphere and place are quite lovely. Out of all the places Sketch is the one I keep visiting and craving the most.
The Wolseley: In terms of location and place it’s wonderful I’d recommend it for breakfast more than I would for afternoon tea. Not because their afternoon tea is poor but breakfast is definitely more tasty!
The Ritz – The Palm Court: If you haven’t been there before, what are you waiting for? Check out my sister’s post if you’re interested in seeing more.
Fountain and Mason – The Fountain Restaurant: Delicious food! Especially their egg Florence was one of the best. However their sweets range is very very limited and the service is just TERRIBLE! People are rude and kinda racist! But I’ve been there years ago so that might of changed!
The Berkeley – Prêt-à-Portea: I absolutely love The Berkeley! Very cozy, comfortable and quiet. Their Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea is very fashionable and unique. However it isn’t very tasty! It’s the kind of afternoon tea that you enjoy more by looking at it rather than by biting it. So I never went back for the afternoon tea but I keep going for some coffee and desserts.
Sanderson Hotel – Mad Hatter’s Tea: I had an absolute blast at the Sanderson hotel. Their afternoon tea is indeed creative and unique. I was wowed every second of my time there. But again the food as for the Berkeley not very tasty it’s to be enjoyed when looked at.
I’ve been to sketch recently and I had my camera so I thought why not take pictures and write a blog post?
I should wipe the dust of my blog!! I’ve been away for a very long time and I apologize for that! I know I keep saying that I’ll be posting more and I never do! Which is something I’m hating myself for! So I’m not gonna make anymore promises and I hope you still enjoy the random posts I upload every now and then..
.. I never understood why Paris was called the City of Light. Out of all the cities in the world, to me it was always the darkest. However, after visiting it again this summer I fell deeply in love with it!! So much beauty, history, fashion and creativity that brightened up the city and I can’t wait to visit it again.
I wanted to share with you something that I’ve recently came across while I was checking Louis Vuitton travel collection, “The Art of Packing” which is a lovely tutorial to show you how you can best use up the space your luggage is provided with.
Click HERE to see it & scroll down to see my version of it.