Summery Treat Days Out

The Best Afternoon Teas in the UK

Afternoon tea is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to while away an afternoon with your partner or friends. Years ago everyone was doing it, albeit on a somewhat smaller and probably less glamorous scale, but it’s seen a bit of a revival of late and it’s so much more than just a slice of cake and a cup of tea. So treat yourself to a new outfit, a pretty tea dress or maybe a nice new top and midi skirt (you’re guaranteed to find a lovely George shift dress or George midi skirt) and make a date of it with a friend to have afternoon tea at one of these fantastic places:

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The Goring Hotel, London

The afternoon tea here is so good, the hotel has even won an award from the UK Tea Guild for the Best Afternoon Tea in London 2013. So what makes afternoon tea here so special? You’ll take your afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the beautiful hotel gardens and enjoy the hotel’s very own blend of tea. You can choose from a variety of fine teas, finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of pastries made in house. If you want to make it even more special, why not try the Bollinger Afternoon Tea, which sees the addition of a glass of champagne and strawberries and cream.

The Lowry, Manchester

This stunning modern hotel, situated on the banks of the River Irwell in Manchester, offers a five star experience from start to finish. Enjoy your afternoon tea in the River Bar and Grill overlooking the city and choose from a wide variety of teas, finger sandwiches filled with cream cheese and cucumber, Emmenthal cheese and tomato chutney, ham and red onion marmalade and smoked salmon and crème fraiche. Follow that with a selection of pastries including simnel cake, chocolate orange mousse, lemon meringue pie, carrot cake and scones. Or perhaps enjoy the champagne afternoon tea, which not only includes champagne but savoury tartlets and chocolate truffles too.

Great Fosters, Surrey

Enjoy afternoon tea in a stunning listed building dating from 1550, which was built as a royal hunting lodge. You have a choice of venues here for your afternoon tea and can select either the cocktail bar, Anne Boleyn room or the Main Hall. There are several options for afternoon tea here including the ‘Full Afternoon Tea’, which includes a selection of teas, finger sandwiches, scones and patisseries, the Pimms Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of Pimms along with the usual selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries and either a Champagne Afternoon Tea or a Bollinger Rose Afternoon Tea. Great Fosters is a truly romantic venue at which to enjoy an afternoon tea, why not make it even more special and stay the night with your partner? There are some amazing historic rooms in which to stay, along with more modern rooms too.

If you’re a lover of afternoon tea, or even just a lover of cake, you really have to visit one of these amazing venues and experience afternoon tea at its best. Just donÔÇÖt forget to wear your most ladylike outfit!

Guest Post

Outfit:Savages Summer

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I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, as always things get in the way, but I do like to get the chance to share older pieces from my wardrobe. The top and culottes are from the 1982 Savages collection by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren. The fabric might be reminiscent to those of you old enough to remember the 80s as the cheesecloth which pot-towels used to be made of. You can wear it and dry off the dishes on it at the same time, practical!

 Ben managed to find a great video of the collection on the runway which you can see on the Worlds End blog DSC_2161mDSC_2175m DSC_2180m DSC_2192m

 

 Here is Vivienne wearing the same outfit in Worlds End and some of the other characteristic Savages prints. It only just occurred to me having the photos side by side we also have the same colour hair here!

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Last time I wore my Savages jumper was at London Fashion Week last year – or was it the year before? Either way its one of my favourite collections and I love seeing pieces of it crop up here and there. You can still get the Apache print Pirate tops at Worlds End, as for the rest of it well you would have to hit up the vintage auctions!

 

 

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