Afternoon Tea at Claridges

This past weekend Matthew and I took a trip to London for my belated birthday celebration. The destination? Claridges for afternoon tea!

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect; clear blue skies and 25 degrees, the sunshine bouncing off the intricate red brick walls and art deco doors glinting. We passed through the revolving doors, across the black and white tiled floors and into the intimate tea rooms.

littlelikes-claridges-01We were left with a small menu of over 50 teas to choose from to accompany our sandwiches and cakes. I chose a white tea with peony which was lovely and fresh, Matthew a green and black tea blend. After being poured our first cup, our sandwiches promptly arrived, cut into ridiculously precise rectangles, sans crusts of course. We took another small plate of our favourite sandwiches (chicken with lemongrass) and then found ourselves leaning further into the back of the chairs encouraging our stomachs to release some room!
littlelikes-claridges-02Next came a tray of mini scones and a tray of cakes and patisseries, so delicious. I started on the mini scones with clotted cream and the best jam I’ve ever tasted, ever! Seriously I could eat it every day and die a happy woman – that good. By the end of these we were really struggling; declining extra cups of tea from waiters and finding we couldn’t recline anymore and that our bellies were really were fit to bursting.
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However as if the staff couldn’t have been more attentive, we got speaking to a waiter and ended up talking about how we couldn’t get a table close to my birthday, but we still made it down. So he disappeared and reappeared with a darling lemon cheesecake complete with candle. So of course I managed to find some space for that.

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So we left with our cakes in little boxes ready to devour at home. *drool*. Everything about this experience was perfect, if you have the chance and don’t mind spending that sort of money then definitely give it a go. I honestly thought it was worth every penny and I’m already planning my trip back, next time for lunch.

Caley x

ps. Please excuse the blurry photos, I didn’t want to spend too much of my time getting photos but rather soak up every second of the experience.

Victoria Revealed, Kensington Palace

A few weeks back I went to visit Kensington Palace, sadly no royal spottings, but after having recently been refurbished I have to say they did an amazing job. My favourite exhibit was the one about Queen Victoria called Victoria Revealed; documenting her life growing up, finding then losing love and being surrounded by grand children in her old age.

The exhibit was directed from room to room with the help of snippets from her diary, her beautiful cursive writing is littered throughout – from projections on the wall, etched across mirrors and hidden in desk drawers that really make the whole experience that more personal. Through her diary entries Victoria comes across as delicate and feminine, passionate and very loving – her romance with Albert is almost akin to the story of Romeo and Juliet in the way she portrays it.

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Of course it glosses over Abdul Karim’s role in her later life but overall I thought it was really interesting and a different angle than that usually portrayed of her dressed in black and with only a sour look to give. If you have the change to visit make sure you do and afterwards you can enjoy Hyde Park which is never a hardship at anytime of the year.

xoxo

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2012

1st October marked the start of the 2012 Breast Cancer awareness month. Which means, PINK EVERYTHING! I particularly love the new campaign with Nails INC with their sparkly pink nail polish called paint your pinkie pink. Even Buck House got involved on Monday!

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In the last 10 years, £22 million has been raised by Breast Cancer Campaign to help the cause, which is helping the one in eight women who will face their own battle against breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s amazing and I just think in the simplest way I can help add to that total, I really want that nail polish for example!! My cheer team are also wearing pink to training this month to show our support…it’s so easy. Looking forward to some good ideas for Movember next month!

What are you doing to raise awareness for breast cancer this month?

xoxo