Monday, 14 October 2013

A Monday Catch Up... and Afternoon Tea at 140 Park Lane

This is the first time really since I started blogging back in April that I haven't blogged for over a week with no excuse. I obviously missed a few posts back in July, while I was on holiday, and in August when I didn't have internet during my move, but this is the first time I really just haven't blogged, not because of some external force but because I didn't feel like it, so I thought I'd try to explain a little bit... 

I've always been the first person to take a photo on a night out, or put up a Facebook status about what I'm up to, and so on, and that's why I wanted to blog - because basically, I wanted to stop inflicting it all on my poor friends, but for some reason I like recording everything I do online! But at some point, I stopped recording things because I wanted to, and started feeling like I had to. And I just got a bit sick of it. I got tired of always being the one taking photos, or asking people to take photos of me. Last week I went out and bought make up and I thought 'I should photograph this first', and it just felt tiring all of a sudden, like a chore, not something I wanted to do. So I took a little break, and it kind of gave me some space to realise that I don't have to blog every little thing I do - just the bits I think are worth talking about! I definitely don't want to stop, I think I just needed a quick time out, to remember that I really write this blog as a way of recording my interests, and that it should be something I enjoy, not a chore. Anyway, enough about me, here are some much more interesting photographs of food!

So - yesterday I went for afternoon tea with my boyfriend and my friends Nikki and Glenn (who just recently found my blog - so hi, if you're reading this!) at 140 Park Lane Hotel. We picked up vouchers on Groupon to make the deal cheaper - they claimed full price was £188, which made my boyfriend pull a face like he was about to be sick! It was raining and we were all a bit tired and hungover from the night before, so I was glad to find that it wasn't at all pretentious - just very light, bright and pretty.

We were shown to our table, which was again really pretty, and given the set menu.

The menu entitled us to sandwiches, cakes and scones, along with a pot of tea and a tea pot of cocktails between two. The tea was a little bit stingy I felt - really only enough for one and a half cups each - but the cocktails were more generous. We went for the Mexican Cosmopolitan cocktail, which was nice, if a little strong!

The food consisted of a plate of sandwiches, hot scones and crumpets, and an assortment of cakes.

We started with the warm crumpets and scones - adding huge amounts of clotted cream and jam, obviously...

We then ate the rather uninspiring sandwiches, before turning to the cake selection. My favourite part.

My personal favourite was the oreo cheesecake - a little ball of crushed oreos and butter cream balanced on a biscuit base...

This somewhat divided that no one else liked it!

Overall, it wasn't the best afternoon tea I had (that was at Fanham's Hall, see my little blog post here!) but for the price we paid it wasn't bad and the cocktail element was a good novelty. It was a good way to waste a rainy afternoon in London, anyway!



  1. Glad you back and we all need a break to captures our thoughts. Love the cakes and all the jam you added my kind of friends like to explore drinks and food not bad doll.

  2. Don't you worry about taking a break, nothing wrong with that and a week is hardly a long time! Glad to hear you'll still be blogging though.
    And that afternoon tea looks gorgeous - particularly the oreo creation! And is that a lemon drizzle cake I spy? Yum!

    1. It was! Sadly I'm not much of a lemon fan, but by general consensus that was the best cake there xxx

  3. Everyone goes through stages of being unmotivated with blogging, it can be hard to keep up! Looks so yummy, I love afternoon tea!


    1. It was so good! Thanks for commenting :) x

  4. Hey! thought i'd let you know that ive tagged you in my latest post! go check it out! cant wait to read your replys!

    1. Haha thank you! Oh god, the beauty things I suck at tag...I'll try to do it soon...but it'll be a long one! xxx


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