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London – High Tea and Brunch, a bit la di da for a backpacker!!!!

High Tea:

When visiting London, treating yourself to High Tea is a must. After all they probably invented it. So, while Pete booked himself into a few Soccer games (detailed in our previous post), Elissa enjoyed an afternoon at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge with Georgie Spring. Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley is described as mouth-watering Prêt-à-Portea delicacies with a fashionista twist.

Sipping tea from Paul Smith finest teacups

Sipping tea from Paul Smith finest teacups

The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion.

The colours and designs of the cake resemble recent fashions on the catwalk

The colours and designs of the cake resemble recent fashions on the catwalk

Below is a description of the gourmet delicacies enjoyed at The Berkeley:

:: Alice Temperley apple and pannacotta mousse with Manolo Blahnik high heel tuille, topped with golden blueberries S/S 2005

:: Philip Treacy chocolate hat cake with Monarch butterfly A/W 2009

:: Zac Posen chocolate striped Joconde sponge shoe with chestnut bavaroise A/W 2007

:: Alexander McQueen pale green pistachio dress biscuit with silver belt S/S 2006

:: Anya Hindmarch cassis sponge tote covered in baby blue icing with iconic bow S/S 2009

:: Fendi chocolate baguette with praline croquant A/W 2008

:: Paul Smith orange and pink cranberry mousses topped with white chocolate bowler hat S/S 2010

:: Christian Louboutin sparkly high-heeled ginger show biscuit with signature red sole S/S 2008

Almost too good to eat......Almost

Almost too good to eat......Almost

The cost of Afternoon Tea is £35 and it really is such a lovely way to spend a day.


We have also both enjoyed some lovely mornings out for brunch. Some of our favourites have been:

The Electric, Notting Hill – Elissa went to the Electric for her first brunch in London and just happened to be sitting next to Anne Hathaway, very cool cafe in Portobello Lane.

Toms, Notting Hill – yummy yummy food in Westbourne Grove, generous servings and nice coffee.

The Orangery, Kensington – situated beside Kensington Palace, we enjoyed a coffee and scones/cakes/sandwiches on the veranda looking out to the Palace. A perfect location on a warm sunny day. Quite expensive though.

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