A Beautifully British Brunch

In true British style, the  Jubilee weekend was a complete wash-out but you’ve got to admire the determination of us Brits to still have a good ol’ knees up, nothing can rain on our parade. At my friend Amy’s Jubilee party, we sat there with blankets over our knees and patriotic hats on our heads, under a gazebo with the BBQ going, to warm ourselves up. Handsome.

Singing in the rain. Photo courtesy of Letitia Redmond.

Despite the continuous gloomy weather, I have had a rather indulgent couple of days in London, layering up with my outfit choices and an umbrella to hand. On Thursday, we had a delightfully soggy walk from Liverpool Street to Oxford Circus (merci TFL) for a mooch and a visit to any sweet-tooth’s dream- Choccywoccydoodah. With the original chocolaterie and cafe based in Brighton, the team opened a London branch in Fouberts Place (next to the fabulously bohemian Carnaby Street) last year. From hampers of buttons to chunky slices of belgian chocolate cake and hand-crafted wedding favours, the talented chocolatiers can create bespoke pieces for any occasion. Or if you have nothing to do on a rainy afternoon in town and you want somewhere to warm your cockles, look no further than Choccywoccydoodah’s cafe for a seriously yummy piece of cake and a pot of freshly brewed tea to accompany it. Our rain-soaked walk was well worth it in the end. Warning though: SHARE a slice, as even the most obsessive of chocoholics will struggle to finish this plate of heaven.

Choccywoccydoodah’s cake- seriously indulgent! Photo courtesy of Letitia Redmond.

Afternoon Delight. Photo courtesy of Letitia Redmond.

So today was Day 2 of my Beautifully British Brunch- Afternoon Tea at Tophams Hotel in Belgravia. It’s nestled in Ebury Street, close to Victoria station and also features the former home of James Bond author Ian Fleming. Tophams is a lavishly decorated boutique hotel- think William Morris- esque floral wallpaper with candles and crystal chandeliers adorning the reception, hardback photography coffee table books strategically placed on the tables and  a burlesque theme in the guest lounge bar.

Outside the beautiful Topham’s Hotel.

We were led into the stripy coffee coloured dining room, complete with a glass roof, giving us a splendid view of the rain pattering against the windows. We were bought a freshly brewed pot of tea after being seated, having decided to save our two choices of cocktails after we had lined our stomachs first! Our cake stand of dinky goodies and pastries arrived soon after.

For ladies that lunch- Afternoon Tea at Tophams.

We were treated to a sumptuous selection of dinky finger sandwiches (cucumber, cheese and ham and salmon) warm scones with strawberry jam and yummy clotted cream and a choice of cute little pastries, including macaroons and miniature cheesecakes. Our cocktails came halfway through our lunch, we chose a fruity glass of Woo Woo and a rather punchy Black Russian.

Full-up from our Afternoon Tea (it’s surprising how filling mini pastries can be!) we strolled through Eaton Square, Sloane Square and the infamous King’s Road. Sadly no sign of Kate Middleton or any of the Made in Chelsea cast. We did however make mental wishlists in our heads while browsing through Hobbs, Reiss, Zara and Tiffany! A girl can dream, can’t she?

So that was my rather indulgent two days off from the rat race, back to reality in TOWIE-land tomorrow before I hit the bright lights of the West End in the evening for a much anticipated hen do.

Living la vida loca.

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