Afternoon Tea at the Ritz
Admittedly, this is an overindulgent way to spend a Monday morning in October; attending an afternoon tea at the Ritz.
Though in my defence, it is a friend and I’s delayed celebration for starting our 3rd year at university, and we did get 15% off. The dress code was formal, but not full evening attire- cue midi dresses and heels.
We arrived at 11:30 am on a crisp October morning, coming from the tube station at Green Park. The trail to the Ritz was littered with golden, reddish leaves as we, tentatively, because my heels were far too high, made our way to the hotel. Doormen guard the entrance like Beefeaters guarding Buckingham Palace; for good reason, upon entering the foyer we were met with a reception adorned with gold and antique furniture reminiscent of the aforementioned palace.
Shortly after arrival, we are told to check our coats and proceed to the seating area. Everything ran like clockwork, within seconds (not an exaggeration) we were shown a selection of teas and brought our own individual silver pots. Soon after the selection of cakes and finger sandwiches arrived, the whole table being flooded with silver and bone-china make for the perfect Instagram photo.
Not only was the service impeccable, but we were also well looked after throughout the afternoon, our sandwiches and desserts being replenished whenever we asked, as well as an additional dessert cart making the rounds. Highlights of the day were the smoked salmon sandwiches and lemon tart, topped with raspberries. The tea left us leaving full but not bloated; an important point as we had university and other engagements shortly after.
For those of you looking to replenish your Instagram feed, the bathrooms and seating areas throughout the hotel are ideal. Mirrors hung wall to wall, which when combined with velvet armchairs and striking red carpets gave the place and subsequent photos a grand effect. A must see is the ground floor bathrooms, while Sketches’ bathrooms are considered the most photographed in London, this is a close competitor.
While this whole outing may seem unnecessary to some, it offers an escape from a stressful week and never-ending workload. In all honesty, everyone should give themselves room to breathe and a break from busy lives and schedules. Though the price of the afternoon was around £60 each with discount, it is well worth the money if you are celebrating or even just need something to look forward to with a friend.
Going to the Ritz is not just a lavish way to spend a Monday, it is a necessity for anyone who needs to recuperate and has the spear cash to treat themselves.