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!
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!
Photo by Fanni Williams Photography
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!