When Ben and I want to spend quality time together, there’s only one
activity that seems to do the trick and push us to actually talk. Even more
than a nice dinner or walk, an afternoon tea forces us to sit opposite each
other for a good three hours or so, actually talking about the things that
matter. No stressful distractions around us. When we go for afternoon tea, we
clear our diaries for the entire afternoon and see where the tea takes us.
After a morning’s photo shoot with the gorgeous Lydia Collins on a
Sunday, I hurried over to South Ken to the elegant Kensington Hotel. I
arrived slightly late, my date and a crisp glass of cold bubbles waiting for me
as I took my seat. My bags were taken off me and hurried away into a back room
somewhere and Ben and I were left in total privacy in a beautiful large window
seat to watch the world go by.
The Townhouse Drawing Room was fairly empty besides us and a mum
with her two daughters. We took our chance to walk around and get some shots of
the room while the pianist chimed away on the piano serenading us while the
sound mixed with the bird songs from the trees outside. The light beamed in
through the windows heating us as we snapped away, so we were grateful for the
cool breeze swirling its way through the open windows into the room.
We returned to our seats as the lovely host informed us that our tea
was nearly ready at which moment, Louis Walsh walked past us chatting away to a
friend as they walked to the back of the townhouse. No one blinked an eye,
which I guess is why this beautiful hotel has become such a favourite for
celebrities and families alike. Everyone is treated in the exact same way.
Our tiers were brought over and cups of tea poured into the most
beautiful duck egg blue tea cups, before we delved into the delicious
sandwiches after a couple of incredible hors devours. The beef, English mustard
and gherkin was incredible. Anyone that knows me well knows that I’m not the
typical avocado loving blogger – in fact, I really can’t stand them but the
crayfish and avocado I could stomach.
Then the smoked salmon followed by the cucumber were both incredible.
Ben sandwiches were slightly different as he had requested gluten and fish free,
but there wasn’t a crumb left so I think he enjoyed them.
The scones were actually a lot smaller than you usually get with an
afternoon tea but in hindsight, it was a blessing because I usually get so full
after the scones course that I don’t want to eat the cakes,
My cakes included a raspberry Macaron, a twist on a Bakewell tart,
Carrot Cake, Chocolate sponge and a rich chocolate mousse with raspberry
After the tea, we sat and chatted for ages, catching up on
everything that had been going on over the last few months; the wedding, the
mini-moon the honey moon that we were planning (to South Africa and Mauritius!)
as well as what we were planning with work and projects coming up.
I waited in the lobby of the hotel for Ben, and the porter who had
previously taken my bags and assisted me asked me if I’d like to take some
pictures of the outside of the hotel and sit in the sunshine while I waiting,
that led to a glass of pink bubbles handed to me and when Ben joined he
received a complimentary glass too. It was deliciously warm and we basked in
the sunshine, feeling more relaxed than we had in months.
Hand in hand we strolled back to the station, recharged and feeling
content – albeit very full!
What do you do to reconnect and spend time with the people you love,
do you prefer meals or activities?