SO…with many finalising travel arrangements for the United Kingdom, we take you to two of our fave London spots, perfect places to unwind ahead of trekking down to the East End.
Where to pour tea is an awfully difficult decision to make, ostensibly because there are so many great places in London to choose from. Such was our dilemma Saturday afternoon after enjoying the Harrods sale followed by a tasty lunch.
Surprisingly, after not too much fuss (sisters seldom agree) Brown's Hotel, Mayfair, one of the city's first ever hotels was the address given to the cabbie.
Brolleys, scarves and coats out of the way, we were soon in The English Tea Room comfortably seated on the ample sofa and sipping Champagne as we made our tea selections of Earl Grey and Darjeeling. Laden etageres of fresh scones, clotted cream and preserves and a variety of sandwiches were soon placed in front of us. In between conversation, delicious mouthfuls of glorious clotted cream and sinfully sweet strawberry preserves atop scones, we joined in the many birthday celebrations (there were at least six). A cake trolley is rolled up to the table by our waiter, with lots more calorie-laden goodies. Feigning indifference becomes an exercise in futility, and with the rain still falling heavily, why not?
Why not, indeed! Two hours later, with coats returned we're ready to leave.
One Champagne tea, one Champagne Tea Upgrade and one tea inclusive of VAT and a discretionary service charge of 12.5 per cent brings it all to a grand total of £155.81. It's one of the most distinguished addresses in London and you'll not regret the experience, and like SO, will make reservations to return not only for tea but to check in.
London, WIS 48P
Tel: 020 7493 6020