British, Fabulous and Floral

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view out the window of london from the Millennium hotel

Not Your Average Evening!

A few weeks ago I was treated to some rather wonderful afternoons which made me feel terribly ladylike and desperate to run away to my dream cottage in country and fill my rooms with fresh blooms and pop out for afternoon tea and a natter! That won’t be happening for about 40 years/ever but recreating those activities in London is a pretty good compromise right now and a very welcome break from just commuting home from work every day. This was probably my favourite afternoon- here’s what I got up to!

scones on a serving platter dusted with icing sugar

mini baguettes and sandwiches at the Millennium Hotel

British afternoon tea at the Millennium Hotel

mini brioche coronation chicken with mini bruchetta at high tea at Millennium Hotel

mini patisseries and cakes, chocolate cups for afternoon tea at the Millennium Hotel

mini chocolate cakes and eclaires for afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at the Millennium Hotel

One standard Wednesday, I dashed from work to the Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge where I promptly indulged in a tasty raspberry champagne and looked forward to an exciting new afternoon tea menu on offer. High on bubbles, I took a fun tour of the hotel which was fit for the most curious of snoops among us (ever wondered what incredible rooms could be behind some of those hotel doors?) and then snaked down the stairs to the little Tangerine Bar for, wait for it, the BEST (eek, I think!) afternoon tea I’ve ever had.

It. was. devine. Individual, creative and dainty sarnies and tasty scones (not to mention chocolate mouse… in chocolate cups) were a delightful feast. The sundried tomato flavour scone was top – trustez moi! Christine Pearce, who knows which order to eat your tea in and what to do with that lemon better than anyone else, came in to give tips on how exactly to take tea.

Christine is lady-making maestro from Minding Manners (Europe’s leading internationally certified Etiquette & Protocol Consultancy and Modular Finishing School Academy to be exact, actually.) and has popped some of the little facts she taught us in a neat mini history of the afternoon tea phenomena as well as very handy tips to impress your host on the Millennium Hotel blog.

Did you know it is in fact rude to stick out your pinky when drinkning?! Fascinating!

Hayford and Rhodes floral arrangement and cocktails at the bar

Hayford and Rhodes website launch party with the Powder Puff girls beauty

hayford & rhodes florists event flower wall

Photo by Fanni Williams Photography

bar man pouring cocktails amongst flowers at a party

View out the window at BAFTA of the green and old fashioned shops

Hayford and Rhodes Florists party sweets

mini macarons in pastel colours on slate board at a party

Hayford and Rhodes flowers in pink and yellow

Hayford and Rhodes Florist vases of flowers in bathroom

Flowers flowers everywhere… and to drink!

In the evening I dashed off to another beautiful venue, BAFTA on Piccadilly where florists Hayford & Rhodes were having a shindig to launch their blooms online. With the promise of stunning bouquets of flowers to photograph and floral cocktails to try, I was rather excited!

I didn’t get past the door without a pink PowderPuff girl performing her magic on me and a few seconds later I had perfectly painted lips to go rather well with my new hair do. (Lucky I got a snap – this is a very rare occurrence!)

If like me you drool over Pinterest posts of blooms and divinely shot bouquets on Instagram then I’m sure you’ll adore these shots of the flowers from the event on the Hayford & Rhodes facebook page, I could flick through for hours! Lucky really as my camera just doesn’t do those perfectly arranged bouquets justice!  Warning – you may want to Pin everything.


P.s I’m off to Marrakech this weekend – See what I’m ‘gramming by following @shinythougths!

  • Joana May 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Gorgeous photos, as usual. Looks like you had great fun!

  • Nikki May 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Beautiful pictures! What a great day that sounds!


  • Miss Ecl May 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    So cute pictures. Sure you had a great time! 🙂

  • Somebody from Somewhere May 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Amazing pictures! I love your blog!

  • Authentic Alice May 15, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Really enjoyed looking through your blog! Will definitely be visiting again! Especially when I need some inspiration!

    Authentic Alice

  • Holly May 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    mmmm looks delish! x

  • Rachelle May 15, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    It literally looks like such a pretty afternoon! The Afternoon tea looks incredible 🙂
    Rachelle x

  • Sally Barton May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Wow such wonderful photos! Looks like you had a great time 🙂 xxx