Last week, my Mum visited us here in London for a spot of early Christmas shopping. We had a lovely time but a particular highlight was afternoon tea.
After a hectic morning and early afternoon, we dropped our bags and headed to The Goring for one of my favourite things in London – afternoon tea! The Goring is a family run, historic hotel that Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding at. Arriving is like stepping into an older, more perfect world. We were greeted beautifully and led into a rich red and gold room. The carpets were thick, the silverware shone and there was a pleasant hum of polite conversation in the background.
I have been lucky enough to go to several London hotels for afternoon tea, including The Ritz, but The Goring has recently been voted the best. The sandwiches, scones and hand-crafted patisseries were all delicious. I took a very bad photo which I’ll include now, but please forgive me as it really doesn’t do it justice. However, it didn’t feel appropriate to take a while to get the perfect image so a quick snap was the only option at the time!
All in all, we had a wonderful time and, for a few hours, felt like calm Edwardian ladies rather than harassed twenty-first century shoppers! If you are in London for any length of time, I’d thoroughly recommend an afternoon tea for a wonderful taste of elegance and luxury. Beautiful!