Visiting London is still a real treat for me and something I never get bored of. I love my trips to the capital and still get all excited with the contrast between the iconic landmarks, beautiful tree lined streets, the royal parks and the cosmopolitan city life it brings. When I am invited to events in London I often dash in and out and do not get the chance to really live it. However there are two events a year that requires me to stay in London with some blogging friends and really have a fun girly weekend. One of those events is The MAD blogging awards which I have been a finalist for the last two years. This year I was a finalist in school days and in thrifty which was a complete surprise. This year the event also happened to fall on Jane’s actual birthday and the lovely Molly and myself decided this meant we needed extra birthday treats!
Therefore we arranged the lovely treat of having afternoon tea at the Capital Hotel. The Capital Hotel is a 5* Hotel in Knightsbridge, just near Harrods. Jane, Molly and I flew down Kensington High Street on our ‘boris bikes’. It is a bit of a tradition that we use the bikes as we travel about the capital. It is the only time I ride a bike and I choose to do it in London! However the bike ride was great fun as we followed the park to get to our destination. I may have lost my handbag as it threw itself off my bike, but that just adds to the fun. And some lovely man did run and retrieve it for me – who said manners are dead?
On arriving for afternoon tea we were taken up to a small and intimate room. I was really excited to be having afternoon tea which was booked through Afternoon Tea. It gave us girls a really good chance to chat without distraction. We knew our evening would be busy and we wanted some time to catch up together and have a giggle plus some wonderful food and of course a glass of champagne.
We were welcomed to our table and left to select a tea. I choose a blackcurrant tea which was lovely and refreshing. I loved the tea pot it arrived it too.
The first cake stand that was bought out had our savoury sandwiches and delicious cakes, the bakewell tart was my favourite, Jane’s plate even wished her a happy birthday.
We we also shown the wine menu and selected a bottle of Rose to start our celebrations off in style. Then after eating our sandwiches out came the most delicious warm scones, jam and clotted cream. It was divine and just what I needed! The time we spent chatting was unhurried and so relaxing. It was hard to believe we were just off one of the main streets in London. We sat, laughed and chatted over our tea and vowed this is the way to catch up with each others news.
Afternoon Tea is ideal for helping you to find the perfect venue, source exclusive offers and has no booking fee. I know that I have found a new favourite past time especially when visiting the Capital with friends. It is my 40th Birthday next year and I have now added afternoon tea to my to do list! I think it could be a sign of the times that afternoon tea really is the way I want to spend an afternoon with with good friends, it was much more civilised and relaxing than just sitting in a pub.
I’d like to thank Afternoon Tea for organising this extra special treat for us and also to the Capital Hotel for accommodating three women let loose in London without their (collective) eight children!