This is the second and final part of my weekend in London. On Sunday, I was very excited to try the Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. I had made this reservation months in advance and I was assigned a table from 11.30 am until 1 pm.
I ordered the Champagne Afternoon Tea. The finger sandwiches were absolutely delicious. I didn't eat the ham and chicken ones though.
The Palm Court is such a magnificent room. A harp player was performing modern and classic songs during the entire time that I was there.
After the sandwiches I moved on to the scones.
I only managed to eat one and a half as I was feeling full already by then.
Once I was done with the champagne, I ordered my tea: chamomile.
Embarrassing moment: When I chose the kind of Afternoon Tea I wanted, I actually asked for the Celebration Tea with Champagne. I thought that the celebration cake that came with it was a particular kind but I had no idea that it was a birthday cake. I was already a bit puzzled when the waiter told me that I would have had to order it 48 hours in advance, which I had not. He then reassured me that he would sort out a small piece for me. When it was time to serve the 'celebration cake', the harp player started playing Happy Birthday and some people applauded as I was served a birthday cake! The waiter gave me his best wishes and I felt terribly embarrassed when I realized my mistake.
But I wasn't going to leave this delicious cake behind and so I ate it! Or rather whatever my stomach could still handle.
After the cake these cuties were still waiting for me.
These were the leftovers. As you can see, I couldn't eat it all, so I just had half of each. If I hadn't been flying home the same day, I would have asked for a doggy bag as some people did.
I looked at the cake tray from far. I was entitled to have some, it was part of the package, but I just had to refuse. I felt nauseous.
After the wonderful tea experience, I walked out of the hotel and saw the Saint Patrick's Day parade passing by.
I headed to Victoria where I was meeting a friend from Luxembourg who is currently studying in the UK. We had a Guinness (my stomach could handle it) to celebrate St Paddy's and then walked to St James's Park to enjoy the gorgeous weather.
I had such a great weekend and I would have loved to stay longer but my flight was leaving in the evening and so with a heavy heart I had to say bye to London. I shall be back in August.
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