Outings

The Brunch Afternoon Tea – Piccadilly, London

 

2Last week my friend and I visited another afternoon tea! This time the twist was that it was a brunch inspired one. It was called the B n T.

It took place at Le Meridien Hotel, Piccadilly, it was served in the Terrace Grill & Bar. We had a table overlooking the street.

Whilst we was there, there was a special offer on – the afternoon tea, plus a hot tea and a cocktail for £27.50 each (usually £35), there was another option instead of a cocktail was bottomless prosecco for two hours!

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The food was so tasty, I enjoyed every ‘level’ of the tea! It was also one of the most filling afternoon tea’s I’ve ever had. I took a photo of the menu so you can see what we had.

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As you can see every dish was unique and different. Just what we like with afternoon teas – a bit of variety! I chose the Elderflower Fizz – which was yummy but very strong. My friend had the Berries & tea (which reminded us both of Mr Fogg’s).

I’ve included some close ups of each layer of the tea.

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I don’t know about you, but I love Afternoon Tea and I love brunch – so its a winning combination!

I would definitely recommend you check out this afternoon tea, if you are on the hunt for something a little different, and are ticking off all the tea’s – tick this one too!

Before our tea we also visited Oxford Street, where we peeped in T2, a few clothes shops and of course the famous Oxford Street Disney Store. So I did my own version of a ‘Disney wall’ that day!

 

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Tipsy Tea, London

 

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The other weekend I took my friend out to Tipsy Tea in Mayfair, London. It was a special treat for her 30th birthday, and she had kindly taken me out on mine.

We are both afternoon tea lovers, and she has been to so many – it was hard finding one she hadn’t already been to!

This one was one of the best, as it wasn’t just about the food and the drink – although everything was delicious. This was an experience!

It is based on the traveller/adventurer Phileas Fogg, and this is his residence that you are visiting.

The outside of the building is very unassuming, and had I not looked up on Google maps before going – would have walked straight past! They tick you off a list, take your jacket and welcome you in!
The room is jam packed full of items from his travels, and I don’t want to post too many photos, as don’t want to ruin anyone else’s experience!
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So the Tipsy Tea is just that – all the teas are cocktails served in tea pots! And all the cocktails are tea based – check out the menu! I had the Woburn Abbey and my friend chose the Anna Maria Russell. We had a cup of each to try! Both was really nice and definitely interesting.

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You book for a two hour slot, and halfway through one of the staff sat down at the piano and began playing! Really felt like we had travelled back in time for a short while.

As I mentioned the food was really good, the salted caramel brownie was amazing! I’m all about the deserts!

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This was pricey, but it’s an experience, lovely unique afternoon tea and the room is small – so you do have to pre-book! But come on, who doesn’t like treating their friends and themselves every once in a while?!

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Chelsea Flower Show, London

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This past Bank Holiday weekend was super busy for me, and I managed to tick off an item on my mini bucket list! I went to the Chelsea Flower Show! I have wanted to go for years, and never been. So months ago when I got an email saying tickets had been released I had to buy two!

I’m not even a massive fan of gardening or anything, but I love receiving flowers and loved the idea of the little show gardens.

The above picture was the Zoe Ball listening garden, there was speakers in those planters so it would make interesting ripples across the water.

My favourite garden was ‘Beneath a Mexican sky’

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Breast Cancer now garden: through the microscope

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Bermuda Triangle

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Welcome to Yorkshire garden

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There was also a huge tented part called The Great Pavilion, I thought this was all stalls but it was more unique and interesting displays!

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There was also plenty to buy for all your gardening needs, there was other places too, like tea and knick knacks for your home. Plus lots and lots of various food and drink stalls.

I did like the day out, and I’m glad I finally went (and luckily had good weather!), but the tickets was very pricey so I wouldn’t go again!

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Sky Garden, London

 

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Last weekend I visited the Sky Gardens with a good friend. We had been planning to go since last November but kept having to cancel for various reasons.

We went to St Paul’s Cathedral first, and had a wonder around, again this was a first visit for both of us.

Had a quick lunch, then walked to 20 Fenchurch Street – where the Sky Garden is located, on the 35th floor! It is in the very recognisable Walkie Talkie building. The amazing thing about this London attraction – the visit is free! Booking is highly recommended – tickets are released three weeks in advance, so make sure you have a date in mind! The ticket allows you one hour, but no one asked us to leave or check our timing, so I’m not sure how strict that is.

Sky Garden is actually London’s highest public garden! How cool is that.

There is a restaurant (again needs advanced booking), brassiere, and 2 bars. We chose to just have one drink up there, and selected a cocktail each from the menu. I had the Mayakick, which was rum based, and my friend had the Amore – prosecco based. We also managed to grab a 2 seated table right in front of The Shard!

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There is an outside observation deck, which has a tinted screen – so doesn’t make for the best photos! But it’s got great views – The Shard, River Thames and Tower of London are some of the closest.

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Once inside you can actually walk all the way round the top of the building, so its actually a 360 degree view of London. There is steps either side, where you walk next to the plants, flowers and foliage. They are occasionally watered too with a fine mist, so it feels very tropical!

It is chilly up there, as it’s naturally ventilated, so do take a jacket.

I would definitely recommend a visit here, the tickets are limited so its not crowded. There’s music playing, it has a chilled out vibe and feels like a cool London secret!

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