Oscar Themed Afternoon Tea! Part 1

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Yet another inspired Afternoon Tea from the magicians at Once Upon A Tea:

Oscar Themed Afternoon Tea! Part 1.

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Jubilee Tea

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I’ve been doing a bit of research on Afternoon Teas with a twist, and I think I’ve found a jem for 2012.

With the Olympic Games heading our way you may find yourself overwhelmed by a rush of British pride. If this is the case, then I think you’ll like what the Andaz Liverpool Street has to offer in the form of a Jubilee celebration.

In honour of Her Majesty’s 60th year on the throne they have developed a series of Queen themed Afternoon Teas to entertain us until the big day in June.

For more information click Hotels-London, a useful and informative blog that covers the details and rather imaginative menu’s the Andaz has to offer.

I especially like the idea of celebrating Elizabeth I’s reign with mini hot dogs.

Why an Afternoon Tea makes the perfect Valentine

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Trying to keep Valentines day fresh and interesting can seem like more of a chore than a celebration. Getting the right mix of romance, class and individuality can be a struggle, which is why Afternoon Tea is surely the perfect solution.

Whether you choose the intimate touch and go homemade, choose romantic and reclusive in a small local tea shop, or go the whole hog at a grand hotel, it really covers all the bases.

The fact that it consists mainly of finger food keeps it fun and less formal than a full meal without being too casual. And every time you go for tea it always feels like a special occasion.

So if, like me, you think Afternoon Tea is the perfect Valentine’s treat here are some options:

Homemade:

Scones and a quality brand of tea are of course the staples of this meal, and recipes for English scones can be found with great ease, but to make it a little bit special and add that Valentine’s touch here is a shortbread recipe from a highly informative tea based blog that you might like to try: Once Upon A Tea

Rustic Tea Shop:

Combine a beautiful location with rustic historical ambience and you end up with somewhere like Sally Lunn’s. I have had the pleasure of an afternoon tea here and the character adds as much the experience as the traditional food.

Hotel Afternoon Tea:

For the complete wined and dined experience you simply can’t beat a Champagne Afternoon Tea. Although it can be a little pricey there are often Valentine’s day deals to be found on websites such as Afternoon Tea, and voucher sites such as Groupon or Wowcher.

My personal choice for this option would be the Milestone’s Valentine’s Chocolate Fountain Tea. I had my first ever proper Afternoon Tea here, and while many top hotels can feel a bit cold or unapproachable the Milestone has a much more intimate atmosphere. The chocolate fountain adds a twist to the usual menu and if the level of traditional service and quality of the food is the same now as it was then you won’t be disappointed.

Tea For Two

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I’ve always been one for a bargain and thanks to the folks at Afternoon Tea here is one of particular interest that I can share with you.

It’s a 2 for 1 online offer to be booked before 31st March at the Kensington Hotel London courtesy of the aforementioned Afternoon Tea website. It works out at £25 per couple which for a London based hotel is pretty reasonable.

There are a number of other very reasonable offers on Afternoon Tea at the moment which are worth considering, such as the £15 Champagne Tea at the Cadogan Knightsbridge and the £10 Afternoon Tea at The Hempel London, so it’s worth shopping around at this time of year as the traffic is slower which means there are deals a plenty!

But as far as the Kensington Hotel deal is concerned, if this photo from their website is anything to go by I will be taking them up on this offer without hesitation, and with great expectations. Check back for the full review soon.

Vaux Le Vicomte

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So while I await my first Afternoon Tea experience with Tophams Hotel I thought I would share with you the event which is currently foremost in my mind, and that is my birthday trip to Vaux Le Vicomte, the stunning French palace which inspired the palace of Versailles (one of my favourite places in the whole world) Check out the Chateau du Versailles official Website here.

The Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte holds an annual one day event where visitors can attend the chateau’s Journees Grand Siecle,  a celebration of Vaux le Vicomte’s history. Visitors attend in full 18th century costume and enjoy schedule of events such as artistic fencing, which is a sight worth beholding with a backdrop like this.

Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte

I can hardly contain my excitement. The opportunity to have Afternoon Tea in full costume at a palace is the stuff my dreams are made of! Also a sideline hobby of mine happens to be historical costuming so I will be making myself a dress for the event, but costumes are available to hire at the location itself (and you get cheaper tickets for making the effort).

You can check out some photos of the previous year’s Journees here, courtesy of “18th Century Blog”. And of course, after my visit, I will be able to supply a full review of the day’s events.

For more information here’s a link to the official website’s event page available in both English and French: Journees Grande Siecle de Vaux le Vicomte

A Welcome Note

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I’ve been meaning to start a review for Afternoon Tea for a while now, honestly I really only needed an excuse, and today one appeared in the form a Groupon Voucher. Afternoon Tea for two at Tophams Hotel.

Normally I’m quite picky with the look and feel of a place before deciding to “do tea” . Looking at the photos Tophams seems a bit modern for my tastes but you can’t argue with a bargain.

So, next stop Tophams for my first official Afternoon Tea review!