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In the week before Christmas I decided to go all out on the festive fun front: taking my mama to the theatre, having lunch with my father and sister, and ending the week by having afternoon tea at The Ritz with Lucy.

afternoon christmas tea The ritz london

There is always something a little bit magical about London’s big hotels in the run up to Christmas. There is the wonderful fashion Christmas tree in the lobby at Claridge’s (this year designed by Burberry), and the spectacularly over-the-top approach of The Ritz.

afternoon christmas tea The ritz london

It certainly made arriving for afternoon tea quite the event.

afternoon christmas tea The ritz london

There is a wide tea menu, and a seemingly endless procession of treats. One starts with sandwiches, warm scones and delightful macarons, tarts and delices.

afternoon christmas tea The ritz london

And then, just when you think you might pop, a gentleman appears with a trolley, upon which rests a meringue pie and a delicious Christmas cake

afternoon christmas tea The ritz london

And nothing was too much trouble: not being a fan of fancy sandwiches, I asked if I could just have plain white bread and butter cucumber sandwiches instead of the advertised cucumber and dill version with caraway bread, and an entire plate appeared. Perfect.

afternoon christmas tea The ritz london afternoon christmas tea The ritz london

oh and there were warm mince pies too. You know, just in case there was a tiny gap somewhere. And pink Champagne too, of course.

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The day before Lucy went along to Jane Packer’s Flower School to learn how to decorate a wreath, courtesy of Aramis Fragrances. (I made one last year, so it was definitely Lucy’s turn.)

jane packer christmas wreath workshop

jane packer christmas wreath workshop

jane packer christmas wreath workshop

And the delightful finished product, Much more restrained than my bedazzled number last year!

jane packer christmas wreath workshop

The Ritz London

Address: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
Phone: 020 7493 8181
Jane Packer Flower School

Address: 32-34 New Cavendish St, London W1G 8UE
Phone: 020 7935 0787

Lucy and I were guests of The Ritz London, and Lucy was a guest of Aramis Fragrances at Jane Packer.

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6 comments

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What a lovely Christmas treat – glad to see Christmas cake and mince pies making it onto the menu.

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Amazing photos! Looks like such a fun day out.

Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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Oh, I love the Ritz! Just going for a quick drink in the American Bar is such a treat.
Have a Happy New Year, Sasha! My resolution is to reconnect with old friends, so expect a nudge, poke, message etc.
Hx

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Justr realsied I was thinking of the bar in the Savoy…still The Rivoli is an early fab treat. Hx

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What lovely treats! I adore the Ritz for afternoon tea, and that wreath is splendid.

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This is perfection! x

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