Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tea in London

Above: The Ritz Palm Court, Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Above: The Chesterfield Hotel Conservator, Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Above: The Lanesborough Hotel Conservatory, Monday, March 5
Below: The "classy chic" Tea Palace, Sunday, March 4, 2007London's Notting Hill, Picadilly, Hyde Park and Mayfair -- Do these locations sound familiar from movies or perhaps historic romance novels? Just one year ago I was in these London neighborhoods and many more! These just happen to be the addresses of the afternoon teas in the above photos. The menus read nearly the same in each tea room: "A selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked homemade scones, clotted cream and homemade jam, a selection of delicate homemade pastries and fruit cakes, and a selection of fine teas." While the menus, ambiance and service were delightful at all of them, they were each different, exceptional tea experiences. I have many special memories this most recent trip to London. It was a tea-lovers dream come true! Who wants to go with me next time?

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