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.
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.
It certainly made arriving for afternoon tea quite the event.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
And the delightful finished product, Much more restrained than my bedazzled number last year!
Lucy and I were guests of The Ritz London, and Lucy was a guest of Aramis Fragrances at Jane Packer.