What do you do when you need the advice and chat of a friend?
Head to a bar? Maybe, but luckily I wasn't drowning my sorrows, so instead me and Katie popped down to St James' for afternoon tea at the elegant yet chilled Conrad.
But before you head in to the lunge for afternoon tea, make sure stop and look at the very... interesting stadium sculpture. Filled with movie, TV and book characters; I'm not sure what it was and it was rather random, but it sure was awesome.
Settling down, we ordered the champagne afternoon tea, which happens to be unlimited. Nice.
It's funny really as I can't pin point the first time I met Katie. I know it would have been at a blogging event, but I have no idea when or where.
So yet even though we started out as blogging friends, I truly feel like we've become real friends now.
We poured (couldn't help the pun) over the tea menu and watched as the cutest silver tea pots arrived. All again unlimited.
After giving us ample time to chat and sip our drinks, the afternoon tea stand was constructed. Conversations halted to show appreciation of the beauty in front of us.
Unlike traditional afternoon tea, there are two savory course here.
First with a Savoury crudité featuring mini vegetables and cherry tomatoes with a green pesto mayonnaise and edible soil which is crushed olives.
The pesto and olive soil was such a great combination.
Then there were the traditional sandwiches followed by my favorite course. The scones.
I wished they were a little bigger and you got more than one (I'd rather have another scone than the raisin swirl given) but they were delicious.
However it was the off stand cake display that is the piece de resistance. A edible garden, almost Alice in Wonderland it seemed.
Carrot cake with candied carrot plant pot
Honey and earl grey chocolate bee cake pops
Blossoming raspberry & orange macarons and Lavender shortbread sandwich which was actually my favourite. So sweet, yet the crunch of the biscuit was a welcomed addition to the usual soft cake.
The Conrad is a gorgeous afternoon tea, in a relaxed and calming setting. It is minutes walk from St James park and even Green park making a great place to go after wandering the real rather than these edible gardens, of London.
Even better, they welcome walk in's so if you find yourself in the area and want to sit down and grab a classic British treat, this is perfect.
What I realized though, talking to Katie like we had known each other for absolute year, was how amazing blogging is at bringing people together.
So I think I am going to do some kind of blogging event to bring people. If you would come along, leave a comment below so I can gauge interest and just what you'd like to do. Maybe afternoon tea even?
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