If I said to you that there was a secret English garden on London’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, would you believe me? Well, this is what’s hiding up on the rooftop of John Lewis. For the summer, the retailer has transformed its rooftop with beautiful flowers, hidden little nooks to watch the sunset, and even added a vegetable patch for its The Gardening Society pop-up concept, which will host three restaurants – The Dairy, B.O.B.’s Lobster and Shotgun. This place is a little slice of the countryside, designed by Tony Woods, a former RHS national young garden designer of the
What makes a great afternoon tea? The food, the tea selection, the location, the theme, or exquisite crockery? Well, the Swan Shakespeare’s Globe has all that and more with its newly themed A Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea inspired by the scenes of the play and worthy of the fairy queen herself, who is perfectly depicted in the special crockery illustrated by Annika Wester. Everything about this afternoon tea treat closely relates to the characters, food and drink presented in Shakespeare’s play, including the use of pea flower, the flower from which Oberon’s love potion is squeezed, and the menu even
It seems quite fitting that the week I get green-blue highlights put into my hair that I get invited to celebrate 40 years of punk with a rebellious afternoon tea at the W London, Anarch-Tea, a reworking of its Rock Tea that I’ve enjoyed before in the past, with new cakes that represent iconic songs and the fashion from the subversive movement. I always love going to the W London, it really is a little different to other 5 star hotels, there’s a fun and edgy vibe, and their afternoon tea is always a great one to do with friends, the
When I think of books from my childhood, anything by Roald Dahl comes to mind, especially Matilda, didn’t everyone hope one day they would magically have the power of telekinesis?!? So when I was asked recently to come down and see Matilda the Musical, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the famous book I couldn’t refuse, especially when it was accompanied by the official Matilda the Musical afternoon tea. Our day started off with the afternoon tea, which is literally just over the road from the Cambridge Theatre at Scoff & Banter in the Radisson Blu Edwardian. I have been to the Scoff
I think my new mission is to try every afternoon tea possible in London, I know a hard task, but I think someone has to do it, and I’m starting with the delicious option at the Marriott Hotel County Hall on London’s Southbank. I have to be honest I never even knew there was a hotel here, it was a little hard to find, but the Library Lounge setting really is a treat for an afternoon tea, especially if you are visiting London, as the views really are spectacular, our table overlooked the River Thames with great views of Westminster and Big Ben.