I woke up very excited this morning, as it was the day for which my boyfriend made reservations at the Ritz London for afternoon tea at 7.30 pm. Further to my excitement, I received a call from Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust. It was their offer of employment for the Fundraising position. I was beyond happy to have the opportunity. A number of requirements and documents to meet the conditional offer, but on my way to start a new job.
I spent the afternoon getting ready for the high tea outing. Rushing out the door we were greeted by a cool shower on this rainy day. Traffic, rain and more traffic. But we made just on time!Before we had a chance to observe the glamour and riches of this venue, we ran into Jenny, blogger behind Margo & Me. We chatted for a couple minutes, while having our coats and umbrellas checked.
We then entered the Palm Court of the Ritz. Piano playing in the background as the ushers helped guests to their seats. It is a dramatic room of fancy design, high walls of gleaming mirrors and a ceiling with intricate gilded trellis, and romantic chandeliers adorned with ornate metal flowers.
It didn’t take long to receive our glass of champagne, while we admired their selection of fine loose leaf teas. Laci opted for the Ritz Royal Blend while I ordered their Rose Congou. The tea arrived with a three tier cake stand consisting of finger cut sandwiches with traditional fillings, scones and traditional tea cakes and pastries. The warm baked scones were served with strawberry preserve and rich, delectable Devonshire clotted cream. As if this wasn’t enough, a friendly waiter was serving special slices of cake: orange sponge cake and a strawberry torte. Just as I was enjoying my little slice of sweet heaven, the pianist started to play the happy birthday song, as the waiters delivered a small celebration cake to our table!!! The whole evening was just perfect, thanks to my awesome partner in crime for arranging afternoon tea with champagne and cake! My last birthday celebration for this year, and first for a new job in the Uk!
While tea time lasted for an hour and half, we couldn’t leave just yet. We admired the beautiful piano, the floral displays and just all the splendour it had to offer. Including the pink powder room for the ladies.
A beautiful night on this rainy London evening. And we still have our mango raspberry cake to celebrate at home!