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.
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?
..In more depth and details the reason why we went to Notting Hill in the first place was the french restaurant “Beach Blanket Babylon.” If you personally know me or an old follower of my blog then you’ll know how much I LOVE European -more specifically- french furniture and BBB gives the feeling of a luxurious Château.
Unfortunately the timing of the restaurants here is pretty frustrating, lunch ends at three and dinner starts at six and we were there 3:30 therefore we did not make it to lunch, so we just sat down for drinks instead. Because the place was so beautiful I wanted to try the food and also it’s pretty far from our apartment, we decided we’d shop until dinner to not miss the chance of having delicious food. And I’m so glad we did, I found so many AMAZING stores that had edgy clothes, beautiful furniture and cute pet stores.
Got my Pooh a couple of things. I finally got her a collar, she’s almost 1 and she doesn’t have one *terrible mommy alert*
And of course when there is Diptyque, there’s a candle purchase. Their scents are so unique and divine. I got the limited edition Rose Duet that was recently launched which combines two layers of Roses and Baies, the scent takes you to a garden of delights..
After the very long walk we took, we were finally back at BBB for a lovely dinner by the fire and the food was deliciously worth it
I’m in London so I guess you know what that means, it means blogging non stop! There is just so much here to talk about..
What I love about London is that there’s always something new, there’s always a new street, new shop or a little cafe added on the corner. Yesterday I’ve been to Notting Hill for the first time which is crazy! How did I not know about matchesfashion and Brissi. The street is filled with irregular stores that you just don’t see on every corner and that’s kinda nice, for a change you won’t see H&M after every two steps you take. An addition to irregularity I loved that they were taking extreme care of their shop windows everything is displayed beautifully with so much color!
if you’re in London anytime soon make sure you give Notting Hill a visit
I landed in London few nights ago. The deathly semester has finally ended and I thought I could start living again, until my grades came back to hunt me. It is extremely disappointing to work hard for something and not get it, but I have finally let go of my grade ghost.. it took me a while but oh well, all it took was a snowy sky. Which reminds me to finally announce that I have witnessed -snowflakes fall- for the first time in my life and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!
My sister filmed London streets while we were heading to her apartment, the beauty of the lights is just indescribable. It’s true to be said that the only way to cure my mind is by being here.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful winter break and may we get what we hope and work for xx
On Tuesday I was taking a morning walk at Tottenham Court Road in tweeded pumps, it seemed like an interesting street, I penetrated on every block looking for something but even I didn’t know what that thing was, until I saw Paperchase and I immediately knew that Chanel brought me here for a reason. Paperchase is one of my favorite stationary producers so to find a huge store just for its products was like finding paradise..
.. After I bought almost everything, I headed to lunch at one of my favorite Italian restaurants on James street “Sirena” I ordered the usual Sea food risotto with prawns
Selfridges was the nearest spot to shop so we had ourselves a treat of silk and lipstick..
You always need a hug in a cup after a doze of Italian & I never mind having my warm huggy tea with scones and chocolate at “The Fountain”
Of course it is not possible to be at Fortnum and Mason without shopping for tea.