It was my best friends last couple of weeks in England.
Soon, she was going to be packing up her life in the quaint village of Brill, Buckinghamshire to move to the scenic land of the Kiwis – New Zealand, and we were desperately trying to think of something we could do which would give her an unforgettable British send off.
So we asked ourselves – what is ‘typically’ British?
Fish n’ chips, the Royal Family, roast dinners, beer, the London eye, pubs, The Houses of Parliament, football, tea… TEA… AFTERNOON TEA!
And where better place to go to indulge in an extravagant selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones than – The Ritz!
After getting dressed up in what I hoped was suitable attire for The Ritz and finding my way through the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus (the closest London tube station to The Ritz), I arrived at the hotel with a feeling of excitement and anticipation.
Following adjusting my outfit, discreetly changing my shoes (heels on the underground were a big no no for me… I have been known to fall over standing still so I’d have had no hope in heels) and finding my friend and both of our Mums, we glided (as elegantly as we could) past the immaculately groomed door men, through the grand entrance hall and into the spectacular Palm Court (where afternoon tea is served).
The decor, was just beautiful.
The ceiling was sprinkled with a mixture of white and gold intricate carvings, which were illuminated by the exquisite chandeliers that twinkled throughout the room.
The magnificent ceiling was complimented by the crisp, white table cloths, gold chairs, ornate blue, white and silver tableware, vibrant, potted flowers and the serene sound of the harmonious band, which sailed through the room.
After being seated we were instantly poured a glass of champagne and offered a selection of luxurious tea and coffee.
Once we had relaxed into our seats, a traditional three tier tray bursting with lavish finger sandwiches, colourful macaroons and an assortment of scrumptious pastries and cakes was swooped onto our table.
We were in finger food heaven.
After demolishing all of the sandwiches we had been given, my friend and I sat there pondering over the minimal amount of sandwiches we had been given for the small fortune we had paid (£59 per person with champagne or £47 without) – how very wrong we were…
In the corner of our eyes we both caught a glimpse of a large silver tray being carried from table to table by one of the attentive members of staff. A tray.. filled with more sandwiches!
Two sandwich trays down and we decided it was about time we moved onto the scones… oh the scones – they were explosions of creamy, fruity yumminess.
As we all admitted defeat on the food front we chatted about how much of a relaxing, memorable and British day we had all had – a day which, I hope, will encourage my best friend to come back to visit England, if not to see me, at least for another one of those impressive scones!
If you have a special occasion coming up or you just want to feel like royalty for a couple of hours, head to The Ritz!
It is definitely one to get ticked of off your bucket list and is worth every penny. However, reserve a table well in advance as they do book up very quickly.
Afternoon tea takes place at – 11.30, 13.30, 15.30, 17.30 and 19.30 and be warned prices are going up as of 1st October 2014.
Happy indulging 🙂