Poppies and Afternoon Tea

I went up to London with a family friend Julie last Friday, with the only agenda being to see the poppies at the Tower of London and to have afternoon tea. Not such a bad plan really.

You might remember that I went to see the poppies before, when I first got here (see here) and they hadn’t done much. Now they’re almost finished and the poppies look absolutely incredible. It’s a sea of red around the moat of the Tower, and the crowds are huge. It is such an amazing, and beautiful sight.

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I actually walked over the bridge!

 

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Where they couldn’t physically put poppies into the ground, they’ve spread poppy petals all over the ground.

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Suprise encounter with the Royal Barge Gloriana from the Silver Jubilee.

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With time to kill before when our tea was booked for, we took a look at the RA (Royal Academy of Arts), and in a spur of the moment decision, decided to go and look around the exhibtion. It was by Anselm Kiefer and was really interesting, with a lot of different mediums and themes explored throughout the exhibtion.

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I had never had proper afternoon tea before, and it was so worth waiting for. We went to Fortnum and Mason (best to book in advance they’re fully booked most days), and had their classic Afternoon Tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. It comes with sandwiches – egg and mustard cress, cucumber, beef and horseradish, chicken salad and salmon, scones (plain and fruit) and clotted cream as well as jams and preseves, and a selection of small cakes (which were all incredible). To top it off, there was also a cake trolley and all of it was refillable – and all included in one price. You could choose your tea from the extensive tea menu – I had Black Tea with Strawberry – and that was also refillable. It was an amazing atmosphere, and even though our waitress got distracted quite a lot and forgot a few things at first I really enjoyed it. I loved all the little finger sandwiches and tiny cakes and I was so full when we left I don’t think that I could walk straight. I had an amazing time in London that day with Julie, and I can’t wait to do it again!

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