Afternoon Tea at The Kensington

I do love a good afternoon tea.

The Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, London I’m also a massive sucker for grand, luxurious London hotels, so when The Kensington invited me to try their gluten free afternoon tea, I couldn’t resist!

The Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonI’m rarely in South Kensington, but whenever I am it’s usually to go to a museum – the V&A is one of my favourite places in London, and it’s such a beautiful area of London.

The Kensington is gorgeous, with a lovely atmosphere – the dining room complete with a roaring fire. It was unbelievably cosy, and very welcome with all of this changeable weather at the moment!

The Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonI opted for the gluten free champagne afternoon tea (£45).

The Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonThe gluten free option started off with a red pepper hummus feta on grilled gluten free flat bread and a fresh Superfood salad with red chicory leaf. The gluten free option is described as being a ‘lighter’ option but there’s really nothing light about it – it’s all incredibly rich and delicious!

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonThis was followed by the cake stand – all of the sandwiches are the same as the normal offering, except with gluten-free bread, which meant I didn’t get any of the food envy I usually would!

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonI prefer savoury over sweet, and I loved the sandwiches: Dorset crab & avocado with lemon purée; Wiltshire ham & tarragon mustard with pea shoots; Braised salt beef with English mustard & cornichons and Cucumber & cream cheese on white bread with baby watercress. The ham sandwich was a definite favourite.

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonThe sweet offerings were also incredible: carrot & walnut cake with a cucumber & cream cheese icing; vanilla & raspberry macaron; dark chocolate & cherry pannacotta with sea salt caramel and date & almond balls, dipped in chocolate & grated coconut and pâte de fruit. I went for the scones with clotted cream and jam first (they are always much better fresh) and was given a cute box to take the rest home in – there was so much to choose from!

Afternoon tea at The Kensington felt like such a treat – and just what I needed after a stressful few weeks at work. The service was impeccable, and the food was divine – what you’d expect from Steven Gibbs, who was previously at Hix and The Ivy.

If you book afternoon tea at The Kensington, you also might be able to get free tickets to Botticelli Reimagined, the latest exhibition at the V&A!

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I was invited to The Kensington for the purposes of review – all views my own.
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Hillary’s Crafternoon at Drink, Shop, Do

I’ve wanted to go to Drink, Shop, Do for ages. It’s a great place for doing crafts, playing board games and a good night out – what more could you want?

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Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoI was invited to go along for Hillary’s Crafternoon, where we would be making our very own jewelry boxes.

Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoWe were in the back room, which was decorated with some ‘punny’ totes and a disco ball. There was a wide selection of cakes, and a gluten free chocolate orange one for me, so I was very excited!

Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary’s sell a selection of curtains, blinds and home accessories in a variety of different patterns. We used some of these to decorate our boxes with.

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Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoAfter grappling with pins, glue guns and reels and reels of ribbon, it became very apparent to me that I am not at all blessed with crafting skills. While everyone else around me began to create beautiful boxes, mine looked totally amateurish! (Although the lovely people at Hillary’s did include a photo of it on their blog!) Luckily, I was able to munch and chat the afternoon away with the lovely Chynna and Olivia, who I was sat next to.

Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoAfter we were done with the boxes, we used some of the extra material for our own little projects. I ended up making a fascinator with some netting, which didn’t turn out as badly as I thought it might!

DSCHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop Do05736Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoAll in all it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, and Drink Shop Do is such a great space – it’s got something for everyone!
Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillarys Crafternoon at Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoMany thanks to Hillary’s for hosting the Crafternoon. I was invited to attend, but all opinions are my own.

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Terrace Chapters at the Royal Horseguards Hotel

Last Monday I was invited down to the Royal Horseguards Hotel for an early evening of cocktails and canapes on their terrace.

Royal Horseguards HotelThe Royal Horseguards Hotel is located near Embankment tube, in a building that was once the Headquarters of the Secret Service. It’s a stunning building, with a great view of the river and the London Eye – it would be great to see what the riverfront views from the bedrooms are like!

Royal Horseguards Hotel
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Royal Horseguards Hotel, LondonI was invited along for the launch of the latest Terrace Chapter – a collaboration between the hotel, chocolate connoisseurs Hotel Chocolat and Taittinger champagne. The terrace chapters are themed, and this latest chapter is all about Wimbledon.

Royal Horseguards Hotel Wimbledon Terrace ChapterBerries, Royal Horseguards Hotel, Wimbledon Terrace ChapterThe Wimbledon chapter runs for the month of July, when guests can enjoy a picnic basket and some Taittinger champagne on the terrace. I love the Wimbledon theme – strawberries, cream and champagne, what could go wrong?

Eton mess, Royal Horseguards HotelEton Mess, Royal Horseguards HotelRoyal Horseguards Hotel Eton MessTo celebrate the launch, the hotel set up an Eton Mess station for us, which was amazing. The canapes were also surprisingly delicious – beef with horseradish and gravy, mojito chocolates from Hotel Chocolat, and an amazing array of sorbet champagne cocktails – it all made for a great beginning to the week!

Mojito chocolates, Royal Horseguards HotelRoyal Horseguards HotelBeef, royal horseguards hotelI really enjoyed the selection of canapes and the champagne cocktails – my favourite involved a strawberry sorbet with champagne as part of the overall Wimbledon theme for the chapter.

Cocktails, Royal Horseguards HotelChampagne Cocktails, Royal Horseguards HotelCocktails, Royal Horseguards HotelCocktails, Royal Horseguards HotelIf the food at the event was anything to go by, you’re in for a real treat! The afternoon picnic is pretty reasonable for the area, too, at £59 for a picnic for two.

Royal Horseguards HotelRoyal Horseguards HotelRoyal Horseguards HotelTo find out more about the Royal Horseguards Hotel and their terrace chapters, be sure to visit their website here.

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I was invited along to the Royal Horseguards Hotel, but as always, all opinions are my own – I wouldn’t blog about it if I didn’t love it!

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A Day at Selfridges

It all started because of the heat.A Day at Selfridges

My Japanese grandmother is in town, and the heat of the city was beginning to get to us. Yes, it is hotter and more humid in Japan, but all the buildings are heavily air-conditioned, and our tiny flat had nothing of the sort. So we got the train into central London in search of cooler air, afternoon tea and souvenirs, and ended up at Selfridges. My grandmother made a beeline for the Cath Kidston section, which seems to be wildly popular in Japan – the kitschy flower and retro-style prints that are so quintessentially British have a great appeal over there. If you are ever in doubt as to what to buy a Japanese high-school girl, Cath Kidston would be a pretty safe bet.

It got a bit dangerous once we discovered that the department store accepted Japanese yen. As a late birthday present I was treated to a Michael Kors Selma handbag. For Christmas I’d been given the Jet Set Travel Tote, which I am rarely without – however its large size often meant I was filling it with unnecessary things, and the lack of a zipper always made me slightly nervous on the tube, so the Selma was a welcome addition.Michael Kors Selma I also got myself a new pair of loafers from Office. I bought some Oxblood ones for work last year and wore them until they got unbelieveably tatty. These grey ones are perfect – comfy, cute, and great for the office. The colour is unusual too, but not too ‘out there’ for work. Office loafer extravaganza

We moseyed round for a couple of hours and headed up to Aubaine on the second floor for a few refreshments.

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It was a really lovely atmosphere – we shared a pot of the Ceylan, and I had a couple of mini macarons. My grandmother had a scone and it was all delicious. The lunch menu looked amazing too, I’d definitely want to go back!Tea at SelfridgesScones at SelfridgesMacarons at SelfridgesAubaine, Selfridges Aubaine at Selfridges

I had a really lovely time at Selfridges – although we went midweek during the summer holidays, it was definitely calmer and less crowded (and not as full of tourists!) as some of the other department stores can get during this season.