I always feel good arriving at St. Pancreas station - it's not just the convenience of having so many shops on hand, it's hearing English accents and knowing I can hop on a bus outside the station that will take me wherever I need to go. In Paris I tend to travel everywhere by métro, but in London I go out of my way to travel on the bus, or even better, walk, as it is a great way to see the city. I understand it is not so good for the environment but you miss so many glorious sights whilst crammed on the tube.
High tea is quintessentially British to me and so whenever I'm over in the UK I like to indulge my British side. For my recent trip to London I made sure to do some high tea research. First up was the Alice in Wonderland themed tea at Conrad London Saint James', a 5 star hotel which is located next to Westminster and St. James' Park. Celebrating the 150 year anniversary of Lewis Carroll's fantasy world of rabbit holes, mad hatters and a caterpillar who likes his hookah, the tea is served in Emmeline's Lounge, named after political activist Emmeline Pankhurst. Settled in comfortable arm chairs, a school friend and I spent almost two hours having a good catch up.
Both the service and presentation of the food were excellent: we started with a glass of champagne and mini club sandwiches, followed by freshly baked scones and finished with a selection of cakes and pastries designed around the theme of Alice in Wonderland. We enjoyed everything but there was too much food so we had to ask for a take-away box, to which the staff happily obliged. I would definitely recommend the Conrad London Saint James if you have a friend's birthday or fancy treating your mum. You can find their themed teas for 2015 on their website.
Getting some alone time with my sister can sometimes be a bit of a challenge as we have a lot of mutual friends and often fall into the trap of organising group activities where everyone can catch up with each other. Therefore I was happy when Charlotte Street Hotel invited myself and a guest to their high tea as it meant my sister and I could catch up in style. The hotel is located just north of Soho and is only a short walk away from the theatre district. We chose the Bloomsbury tea as it comes with both savoury and sweet options. The choice of tea is so tempting that it took us a while to decide, finally opting for Summer Mint and Persian Rose. Both the service and food were wonderful so I would confidently recommend the Charlotte Street Hotel, especially if you are a fan of contemporary design as this is the style of their restaurant. You can discover more of what the Firmdale Hotels have to offer on their website -I have my eyes on the Film Club for my next trip to London.
Where do you like to go for high tea? Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments below.