afternoon tea in London ~ Roses and Rain Boots

Monday, December 11, 2017

afternoon tea in London


Why partake in afternoon tea?

Afternoon tea is one of the BEST experiences I have ever had while in London. It totally makes me feel like I’m living a glamorous lifestyle. In London, there is a distinct difference between ‘afternoon tea’ and ‘high tea.’ Afternoon tea consists of smaller, cold sandwiches, scones, pastries and desserts. High tea consists of a hot meal, scones and desserts. However; the menu is very deceiving “tea sandwiches” do not mean you will still be hungry. B & I actually skipped lunch entirely before afternoon tea and we still left full & with pastries left over.






exact coat, (I expect they will restock) other options all 40% off right now // similar skirt 
similar turtleneck sweater //exact bag  (On sale! Less than $25) // exact hat// 
exact boots, love & recommend these (I have them in tan and want the other two colors)

Where to experience a proper afternoon tea?

The Ritz is by far the absolute number one place in London to experience afternoon tea. However; with the “it” title comes a pretty “it/expensive” price tag. Instead, B & I opted for afternoon tea at Fortnun and Mason’s. The window displays alone are swoon worthy. This 5 story: tea, wine, pastry, cheese, etc. shop is quickly becoming another favorite place for tea. It’s affordable and elegant. Other great places to try are hotels such as: The Montague on the Garden and The Waldorf. Locally, I heard the Ocean House in RI has some of the best afternoon tea. I have yet to try it, but it's on my list! 
Another great thing about tea at F & M is it's location in central London. While waiting for our appointment, B & I arrived at Piccadilly Circus, shopped on Regent Street (B loves all the Christmas lights around London and took lots of pictures!) and then made our way down to St. James Place and Park! All of this is within a 5-10 minute walking radius and we LOVE the views St. James Park has to offer (pictured directly above). I spy with my little eye... 

What to wear to high tea?

Afternoon tea is a “posh” event so treat yourself and pack a nice outfit to wear while dining. Keep in mind that Londoners dress ‘dressy’ on a day to day basis so avoid sneakers and definitely do not wear lounge wear. For our experience, I wore an old tweed skirt that has a little shimmer to it. December is the perfect time to stock up on some fun skirts for the holidays, shop my favorites this year: here and here. Since, the skirt is on the shorter side, I paired it with over-the-knee boots and a turtle neck to keep my outfit looking classy and elegant.

I hope you enjoyed today's post! More to come about why I had to take a break from Blogging. . .
xx, thanks for following along!
LO

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3 comments:

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! You look adorable and I love the outfits! The location is a definite plus!

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  2. I would like to thank you for such a good post, I like such things to read. Good job.

    Sabrina

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