Myself,  celebrity florist Nikki Tibbles, gardener Rachel de Thame, are each hosting a fabulous tea party for members of the public, underwritten by the glorious and ethical tea company Clipper, to raise funds and awareness for the charity Contact the Elderly.

I will be hosting my tea party on a covered barge on the Regent’s Canal for a trip from Camden Lock down to London Zoo on November 6th from 1pm to 4pm. There are still some tickets left!

I’ve chosen a boat for several reasons: I live five minutes from Camden Lock and the Regent’s Canal (we shot my Hunter campaign by the canal), and my maternal grandmother and her third husband lived on a narrow boat for some years, so it’s an environment that I love.

I feel most comfortable by the water, and thought this would be a delightful way to see London in a different light, whilst eating a lovely afternoon tea, which I have designed, off beautiful Wedgwood china. I’m also hopping off to Covent Garden first thing to do the flowers for the tea table! I’ll be giving a talk during tea, and will be open to questions on, well, everything (clean) from food to flowers, blogging to business.

Why Contact the Elderly?

I am approached a lot to work with charities direct but, only having a finite amount of time, I have made a decision to directly support three areas (as well, of  course, others indirectly through collaborations and coverage etc).

Those three charitable areas are The MS Trust – because of my sister’s disease, Dogs Trust – through the LLG Dog of the Day, and charities that deal with the isolation of the elderly in society.

The latter is something about which I feel very strongly. It’s not a sexy or glamorous topic, but it is something that may well affect us all, whether through the lives of our parents or our grandparents or even ourselves down the road. I’m lucky enough to have a platform where I can talk freely about whatever I wish, and so I’m very happy to be supporting the work of Contact the Elderly this November.

Elderly people are all too easily forgotten about in the UK today and isolation is a problem in every community. The work that Contact the Elderly and its volunteers do is incredibly admirable, and I’m hoping to raise a lot of money and awareness for the cause.


Tickets are £25 with all proceeds going to Contact the Elderly.
There are a limited number of tickets available for each intimate party.
Venues include Nikki’s very own Notting Hill home, Rachel’s very own botanical haven at Clifton Nurseries and Sasha’s favourite Regent’s Canal Barge.
More information and tickets available here


All ticket proceeds will go to Contact The Elderly – the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people through regular Sunday afternoon tea parties.

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Am really sad this is on a week day as can’t take the time off work unfortunately. I hope you raise lots for charity, it’s an important cause


@Lucy: Thanks Lucy, LLGxx


Such a shame I only saw your marvellous tea party post the day after it occurred; serves me right for not following you on Twitter. But I did follow your link to Contact the Elderly and have volunteered to host one or two tea parties a year for them. What an excellent cause. With two young kids I am regularly baking anyway and I’m glad my children might – in passing – get to meet some older people and perhaps also provide some brief “stand in grandchild joy and fun” for my guests in due course. I will naturally have to brief my boys to NOT badger every guest to read them stories!

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