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Tea at The Ritz

ritz“Things to do in my 40s” Bucket List number 4 – BIG FAT DONE!!!

I thought it was high time I started ticking off some more on my bucket list, so I decided I would treat myself for afternoon tea at The Ritz.  And what better day to go than my birthday 😉

I was very purple. I decided on a lovely frock – blue grey with big purple flowers topped off with a purple shrug (which I had worn for SC’s christening), my purple handbag and a pair of flat ballerina pumps (I did take my heels, but in the end felt more comfortable in flats)

I dropped SC off at school and then hot-footed it up into the big smoke – I’d booked afternoon tea for 11.30, which I suppose technically makes it morning tea 😉 so I had plenty of time to get back for school pick-up.

I was there super early, but got to sit in the foyer soaking up the ambience. It was truly lovely.

Eventually 11:30 arrived and I was shown to my table (for 1) – handily wedged in a corner, so I could sit and watch the world go by whilst I supped tea and read my book (which you could say was my date).ritz1

Oh my gosh! The choice of tea is vast, at least 20 varieties. I was tempted by the Orange Pekoe, but seeing as I haven’t partaken in caffeinated tea for a while I didn’t want to run the risk of getting the caffeine shakes in the middle of one of the poshest hotels in London, so I stuck to my herbal and veered away from Chamomile to Lemon Verbena. It was refreshing on the old palate and made a lovely change.

And don’t you just love it when you get a proper china cup and saucer? Makes the tea taste better I find!

The tea turned up in a silver teapot, with an extra silver jug filled with hot water and a tea strainer – although with the Lemon Verbena there were not many tea leaves, so I couldn’t read my leaves at the end!!!

ritz2Then they brought a cake stand with a plate of sandwiches – the daintiest things. I would love to know how they do them. How come their bread doesn’t squish down when they cut it like mine does when I make SC his packed lunch in the mornings?? There was smoked salmon (scrummy), cucumber (of course), hummus (I got the veggie option), tomato and cheese. And the top of the stand had 5 lovely looking cakes.

So armed with tea, sandwiches, cake and a good book I settled down to enjoy the atmosphere. Then the man started playing the grand piano – a medley of old musical tunes – truly lovely, brought a tear to my eye.

I was so engrossed with my book and enjoying my tea that I scarcely noticed that an hour had gone by and the waiter came to replenish my teapot and offer scones.

To be honest, I didn’t eat everything. There was a lot. I was a very good girl and didn’t eat the cakes, but I couldn’t resist the teeny tiny scones – especially as they came hot from the oven with clotted cream and jam.

And I made sure I eked out every single second. As it’s so popular you get an hour and three-quarters and I was not going to leave until 1:15!!! So I made darn sure I made that last cup of tea last 😉

I had a lovely time, I’m glad I can tick it off my list and I would definitely go again. Maybe next time I’ll get to go with a real-live human being instead of a book – but heck, if not I’ll take another book 😉

 

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What are your vices?

Everyone has them?Books On Shelf In Bookshop

Now, I don’t drink, smoke, or gamble – unless you count a yearly flutter on the Grand National, or the occasional punt on the lottery (well, it could be me!).

But I have vices like everyone.

Clothes are one.

I love clothes. I have an awful lot of them.

And despite me doing a complete clear-out of stuff that I really will never wear again, I still have a lot.

Could probably do with another clear-out.

But you never know when that dress/outfit will come in handy 😉

And clothes call out to me – seriously, I can walk into a shop and outfits will scream “buy me! buy me!”

It takes a lot of willpower to resist when clothes start talking, believe me.

And don’t even get me started about the little boutiques that have “silly prices” signs in their windows – it’s like an invitation.

Mind you, that’s not to say I haven’t picked up some very good bargains, which I wear, and haven’t just stuffed at the back of the wardrobe.

And, I don’t have a credit card, so willpower, a lot of the time, gets overpowered by the lack of cash – which always helps resist.

My other big vice is books.

I am a bookworm, complete with glasses.

I will read, practically anything.

I do like chick-lit, bit of escapist boy-meets-girl-loses-girl-but-everyone-lives-happily-ever-after type novel. I find they don’t take too long to read, and you can generally work out the plot line fairly early on, but they always leave you thinking “oh, if only reality were like that!”.

I like classics as well. Haven’t read the vast catalogue of classics, but have made headway. I picked up a bizarre ‘classic’ years ago called “The Adventures of Roderick Random” by Tobias Smollett. It took me six attempts to get past the first page, but when I did it was surprisingly quite a good book.

I will pick out books from a shop purely by the look of the cover and what I read on the back. Obviously that method is a bit hit and miss, but I haven’t read too many ‘misses’.

And I will buy a pile of books at a go – not just one, especially if the bookshop has “BOGOF”, or half price signs.

I have so many books I think I would need an entire room covered wall to wall to fit them all in, and even them, there may not be room for all of them.

I guess they aren’t bad vices, not too bad really 😉

So what are yours?

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