Tea Time

What do you do when a visiting American comes to London?

You take them to tea, of course.

Julia & I met at the Reward Style conference in Dallas.

She got in touch to say she was coming to the UK and asked if we could meet up and do something fun!

After a furious game of calendar battleships, we finally settled on a late tea.

We plumped for the refined splendour of Cafe Royal.

Our chaps came along too, and we whiled away a few hours with champagne, tea, sandwiches & scones.

Low Sidecar muffin. Stuffed with truffle cream cheese and a pipette of sauce.

Wild boar, crackling, pickled apple and mustard bun, goat’s cheese puff and wine jelly, Mary Rose prawn cocktail, London Cure smoked salmon and quail’s egg sandwiches, and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches.

In between courses, we learnt a little of the history of our venue. A wonderfully enthusiastic waitress proclaimed:

“Formerly the Grill Room and originally established in 1865, this stunning room has been restored exquisitely to its original Louis XVI detailing and renamed, in tribute to its most famous patron, as the Oscar Wilde Bar.

Nestled between the elegance of Mayfair and the creativity of Soho, the Oscar Wilde Bar is the space where great minds came together to change the world. It is in this very room that Oscar Wilde fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas, Aubrey Beardsley debated with Whistler, David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust and Mick Jagger, The Beatles and Elizabeth Taylor danced the night away.”

And before we could blink up at her, she whipped out our second selection of goodies… the sweets!

“Profile 66†& “Opéra 1865â€.

Absinthe Green Fairy macarons and blackberry and apple Regents.

Quickly followed by my favourites!

Beautifully presented, glowing scones.

With clotted cream, jam & lemon curd in tiny tubes.

So lovely to be able to enjoy such treats in a room steeped in so much history.

I think it’s safe to say this girl’s seen some hijinks in her time!

It was so much fun to sit down with Julia and her husband.

You know when you start chatting to someone and find that you have a weird amount in common? Yea, that happened. My boyfriend leant over at one point and said “this is so weird, it’s like she’s you… but American.”

The blogging world is a very strange place. It’s jam packed with some of the wittiest, brightest, most beautiful and funny women I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, but it seems to get a bad rep. Because you post pictures of clothes, and holidays and nail polish, some people wonder what you do with your time. They think you most be stupid and superficial.

No-one sees the work that goes into creating a blog. The pressure to constantly come up with fresh content, shoot it, edit it, write it, build the website, negotiate, have meetings, make time to respond to comments from all over the world and try and take a breath to just enjoy it. There are no weekends, there is no “clocking off” at the end of the day. You work from when you open your eyes to when you close them. All by yourself, usually.

Don’t get me wrong, as I say to anyone who thinks about getting into blogging; it is the best job in the world!

But, sometimes it’s really, really nice to sit down with someone with the same job. To be able to geek out over SEO, analytics, branding and web design. To talk about social media trends and what’s coming next.

The blogging industry can be a very insular one. It’s so young that there’s no path set out, no career goals to meet. Once you leave your “real job” and commit to blog full time, you’re essentially running headfirst into darkness… so it’s nice to be reminded that, as Ricky Gervais put it, “No-one else knows what they’re doing either!”

I’m going to try and plan a few blogging meetups or sessions so that other bloggers/social media types can get together and talk. Let me know in the comments if you’d be keen to come along, or if you want to plan one in your area!

After tea we tried to snag the perfect Instagram, to commemorate our little afternoon.

Try as we might, we couldn’t find anywhere with good enough light to avoid shaky snaps.

So we headed out to try again!

And, even found Julia a little slice of home!

Blue & white dress // Coat // Shoes // SilverMay rings & necklace

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Julia’s Blue coat // Collared dress // Shoes // Bag

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Finally a classically British big red bus came by…

…and Thomas got his shot.

All in all, a teariffic afternoon!

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  • Perfect! I’ve been following Julia for a while too, thats really funny that you guys met up! Both looked stunning 🙂 <3

  • Mindy Rohr

    I was beyond exited to see my two of my favorite bloggers in one post!

  • I follow both of you on Instagram and Rosie, I’ve followed your blog for years now, so it was a delight to find you two had gotten together. Two of my favorite US and UK bloggers! Keep up the great work!

  • It sounds like you two had a great visit! Also, as an American, I’m all in for tea time. Everything looked scrumptious!

    – Amanda | The Chic Counsel

  • I would love to come along for a meet up in D.C.! As a new blogger, it would be invaluable to get some advice from people that have been doing this much longer than me!

    xxx Hailey
    http://www.whiskedaway.co

  • Kate Hargett

    This looks like a lovely time! I’ve tried getting into blogging but I just don’t know how to get a following or have enough interesting adventures on a strapped budget. Do you have any pointers?

  • Colleen

    Is Thomas your boyfriends name?!?!?

    • Thomas is Julia’s husband (I follow her blog)

  • Gosh I love this! I think so many of the best things in life feel like “running headfirst into darkness.” That sense of adventure is part of what makes them so rewarding, I think!

    Always, Anita
    http://www.alwaysanita.com

  • I love history! What a great way to spend the afternoon. Oh and if you’re up for taking other Americans out for tea then I Volunteer! The next time I jump over there. As for blogging meet-ups and sessions…YES please! I haven’t been going even a year but I’m always reading info and looking to learn more. As always I loved the clothes and wiped the drool off my iPad.

    Erin
    upsideofchaos.com

  • I get googly-eyed when I see pictures of London at night. Even more-so when the pictures feature two of my favorite bloggers!
    xx

  • “Furious game of calendar battleships” – oh girl, you get me. The Oscar Wilde Bar looks like the most incredible and appropriate place to enjoy such a delicious English tea. My mouth is quite literally watering (and it’s only 9:30AM here!).

    I completely understand what you mean about blogging getting a bad rep too, but all the lovely bloggers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting are insanely intelligent, witty, funny and, yes, stunningly beautiful. They’re truly the whole package.

    I decided to become a full-time blogger recently and am loving every minute of it, despite the whole working 24/7 thing (which I kinda love!). People always ask, “what do you actually do?” and they’re surprised by the long list of love and hard work that goes into sustaining a social media profile and blog. It has to be the most rewarding job in the world, and one that is limitless.

    Another fabulous article.

    http://www.lioninthewild.com

  • Oh Rosie, I am so with you on this one. I have just quit my full time job to hopefully head more into the blogging world and you have nailed it on the head saying it is a little like heading into darkness with no headlights on. A very exciting future jam-packed with a touch of fear, but I love it and love who you meet through the net. All of the analytics, branding, SEO and everything involved, people don’t realise behind the scenes work to get the next post. Thank you for sharing. Come to Australia for a blogging meet up. Its warming up here, Summer is coming! Rosie x
    http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

    • I have just begun too look into changing from squarespace to wordpress.org to make listing things on my blog easier and I am totally in the dark, there is so much more involved then people think. All my dad says is your not doing anything except sitting at home on a friday night (i work saturdays early) typing on you computer.

      • Haha, my Friday night ritual has become checking my analytics and webmaster tools stats! In fact I work so much on my blog that I often work from a nearby pub just to feel like I actually got out of the house and socialised!

  • Emily

    Sounds like a fun night! http://meowemily.blogspot.com

  • Love the photos!

    http://www.yukikotan.com

  • Always a treat seeing some of my favorite bloggers get together (for treats, no less)! Both of you are so talented at this blogging gig and your dedication shows not only through the very obvious success of your blogs, but also through the passion in the writing and content of your posts… Rooting for y’all!
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • I would love to be able to do a meet up blogger help session however I am in Australia maybe we could do it online? I have only been blogging for a few months but I have so many question and no one to answer them. http://www.therose.co Thankyou I seriously stalk TheLondoner waiting for you nest post they are always amazing!!

    • ceg924

      I second the “online” portion!!! That would be incredible!

  • Two of my favorite ladies! And bloggers! =)

  • donna w.

    Amazing pics, Rosie! I absolutely love afternoon tea. You ladies look like you had the time of your lives. Love your outfits. I completely agree with you on the blogging world. Unless you blog yourself, you really have no idea how much work is required. I absolutely love blogging and it really is a full-time job in itself!

    Thanks for sharing!

    lots of love from Toronto,

    Donna

    http://donzwebb.wordpress.com

  • Danielle

    Great Post Rosie! I think what you do is amazing! I love following your blog it brings some inspiration to my week! xo

  • I love hearing this kind of commentary from you Rosie. A little different from the norm. It’s nice to hear that other bloggers big and small have similar feelings about the effort they put into their little space on the Internet.

    I would love to join a blogging meet up. Sadly, I’m no longer in London, but will be returning for a short time over Christmas. If you’re ever down South in Atlanta look me up! x

    V
    Life+1

  • Looks like a wonderful evening! (: The internet does connect a lot of people together, it’s really wonderful in that way!

  • I love afternoon tea! It’s one of the (many) things that I miss about London…the little sandwiches…the wonderful scones…the clotted cream…excuse me while I go wipe my face. x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • The place looks amazing!
    http://www.coolallure.com

  • Malu

    I just started my own blog and Iloved reading this post. It would be amazing to attend a blogging meetup, but sadly i am on the other partof the world.
    Loved the pictures and outfit as always!! Cafe Royal looks incredible!
    xxx, Malu
    http://www.mlvblog.com

  • Ana Roa

    I love both of your blogs! I cannot believe you guys know each other, I literally move back and forth between the Londoner and Gal Meets Glam. Beautiful pictures and a very candid post!

  • Love the bit about blogging! It is so much more work (in a good way) than I anticipated before trying my hand, and I only do it part time. Can’t imagine the whirlwind of work your fantastic site takes!

    Missing English tea time here in the states! xx

    http://yourskenna.blogspot.com/

  • Aw love this post! You two are some of my favorite bloggers!:) xo, Hayley http://www.dailydoseofdarling.com

  • I particularly like that the bus just happened to have the beautiful David Gandy on it to 😉 lovely pictures as always! xxx
    http://www.hausofamy.co.uk

  • Laura

    Gosh that looks so amazing and opulent!

    Think I’ll be heading there for a spot of afternoon tea…

    http://www.whatlauradoesnext.co.uk

  • Hi Rosie, you both look lovely, as did the food!
    A blogger meet up or session sounds like a great idea. I’ve been blogging for just over a year alongside a pretty hectic full time job so I don’t get to dedicate as much time to it as I’d like, and I’ve not had the opportunity to meet many other bloggers. It would be good to hear from people who are doing the same as me, and share tips and ideas on making it work. I live in Birmingham but would easily pop down to London.

    Claire
    http://www.thegreeneyedgirl.co.uk

    Ps love following your adventures.

  • Delicious! I do love an Afternoon tea. Recently treated my auntie to one in The Landmark. Love your dress 🙂

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • What a beautiful building – I never knew it existed and now I do – so thank you. You are an inspiration as I too enter the bloggersphere – so thank you again:)

  • What a beautiful building – I never knew it existed – so thank you. You are an inspiration as I too enter the bloggersphere – so thank you again:)

  • saradujour

    You’re so right about blogging – there’s so much more work going on behind the scenes than people realize. Still, better than a 9-5 any day, I say!

    Sara
    http://www.saradujour.me/

    A Toronto-based lifestyle blog about food, friendships, fashion, fiction, and femininity.

  • ninegrandstudent

    The savoury treats sound delicious!

    I would dearly love to attend one of your blogger meetups, or any in fact! I feel like sometimes I desperately need a bit of blogging support but have no one to really turn to!

    http://ninegrandstudent.co.uk

  • Mmm now I may need to make scones today!
    A meet up sounds great, always fun to meet other bloggers 🙂

    http://www.honeygolightly.com/

  • It’s so fab you could spend time with each other. I follow Julia on instagram, she always looks impeccable. The afternoon tea looks divine, I must check it out next time I’m in London.

    Hugs xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Rosie Peat

    Hi Rosie!
    A blogger/social media type meet-up sounds like a fantastic idea, and personally I’d be raring to hot-foot it down to London to attend! I’m very new to the blogging world having started my blog just over a week ago, but I’m already so glad I did as I absolutely adore writing it. It’s had a positive response so far, which is really nice – but it would be incredible to meet some (far) more experienced bloggers such as yourself to get some advice and share your wisdom. If you fancy having a look at my blog that would be fab, the URL is lovelifeleeds.wordpress.com and I’d really value your feedback!
    Rosie x

  • It’s so lovely that you got to meet a fellow blogger who you had so much in common with! I would love to meet other people in the industry but I’ve never really been to any events! I’d love for there to be a meetup in/around Brighton!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • I have always wanted to go for high tea there 🙂 great post, if you decide on a bloggers meet up that would be great 🙂

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Love this post, two of my favourite bloggers in one place! And yes, another meet-up would be fantastic! (Though, we *still* need to find time for coffee!!)

  • Queenie Lee

    Cafe Royale looks spectacular, as does the food!

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Great post! I’d love to be involved in a meet up if you do decide to do one…

  • Gabrielle Mueller

    Hi Rosie!

    I’ve been a longtime fan of your blog, and today is actually my first day in London – ever! I’ve been scouring your blog for all the best activities to do, so I’d like to thank you for all of your great recommendations. Today I’m checking out the Borough Market (yummmm).

    I’m an American student/aspiring blogger studying abroad in Lyon, France for the year, so if you’d like to set up a little meet up in Paris you know I’d take the soonest TGV up to meet you and others!

    I think I’ll have to carve out some time to get some tea now, too… 🙂

    Cheers!

    Gabrielle
    http://www.gabsbyelle.com

  • Love this. The tea looks absolutely divine. ABSINTHE macarons!? Thumbs up to whoever thought of that piece of brilliance.

    I’d definitely be interested in a blogger’s meetup 🙂 They’re my favourite events to go to. I love being able to meet people who totally get me on a chatty bloggy level and discuss all of our favourite things! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Sarah Barnes

    Adore your Blog Rosie! Us brits know how to do afternoon tea 🙂 I really admire your thoughts on blogging! With blogging being the future I think you are leading your own path and pretty dam well 🙂 xx

  • MS Wanderlust

    The food looks delicious and it looks like you had an amazing afternoon! I love it when friends from abroad come to visit!

    xx,
    MS

    http://themswanderlust.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hiral Mistry

    This is such a nice post – glad scones with clotted cream and jam are your favourite as well! Very keen for a bloggers meet up in London.

    londonbumbles.com

  • Id love for you to host a meet up would be such an interesting event!!!

    Strawberry
    Shortcakes | Style Blog

  • Maddy Martin

    Yes yes to a blogging meetup that would be the bees knees!

    http://www.hi-style.us

  • Ally

    Hi Rosie…how much would afternoon tea at this place set you back?! I want to treat my Gran, but can’t seem to find out online.x

  • The slow pace

    While I love sweets and scones and British traditions, the best part of this post is your “speech” about blogging. I agree 100%. I would absolutely attend any meeting you organize. Please let us know a few weeks in advance so that people like me, who don’t live in UK, can arrange their flights!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • This looks like the perfect afternoon tea spot – lotsa yummies combined with history.

    It’s so nice to hear from other bloggers about what ups and downs they come across. Annoyingly, many people don’t acknowledge all the work and time spent behind a blog, but you’ve done exceedingly well. Keep at it 🙂

    Really wish I was still in London to attend a bloggers meetup!

    http://www.cookiesandroses.com

  • What a fantastic looking tea and a gorgeous place! I totally agree with you, when some of my friends see the places I get invited to and the opportunities I get, they say they want to start their own blogs but they don’t know how much work, planning, research and time goes into it.

    I would love to meet you and attend one of your sessions.
    If you get a chance please do check out my blog (link below).
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • Patricia

    Dear Lord dont be ridiculous, you have a very nice blog but dont say you dont have weekends, you live on a never ending weekend! Everything is colorful, you can afford everything. Most humans are really “in the dark” , as you say, with real issues beyond what template to use. Wake up, madame

    • Marnie

      Ok, but the “real issues” argument is weak. I don’t think her only issues are which template to use, all people have issues in their lives. Sure, sometimes I think I’d rather be a lifestyle blogger and do all kinds of fabulous things instead of going to medical school (usually during exam times – actually ALWAYS during exam times) but tbh, sometimes I can’t even keep up with my emails for non-medical related project l’m doing and I’d probably rather do school than blog professionally

  • A meet up would be fabulous! You’re right that blogging can sometimes be a lonely experience when you are typing away into the dark of night to get a post ready for the next day which you never know if anyone will actually read it. But so worth it when you get at least one person commenting on how they made and loved your recipe. A get together to share the joys of blogging would be great to meet all you lovely people! xx

    FoodNerd (Rachel)x

    http://www.foodnerd4life.com

  • Patricia

    No wonder all comments are nice, now I see you have to approve them. And I do follow your blog, I have for a long time and I love the recommendations and style. But it’s just so unfair of you to complain about your life of doing, buying and visiting the best of the best.

    • Patricia – I’m guessing she has to approve them because a.) spam b.) people can be REALLY mean, and by mean, I mean send death threats and call you the most ridiculous and cruel names imaginable. I’m a nobody in the blogosphere, and had an incident of someone sending me the most hateful emails a normal person can’t even fathom, while creating email addresses using other blogger’s/family’s names.

      • Patricia

        fair point!

  • Gorgeous girls!

    http://www.shegoeswear.com – Lifestyle Blog

  • Carly Bennett

    I think we definitely need more blogger meet ups/events in Somerset! We often get forgotten about!

  • As another Yank in London, I’d LOVE to attend a meetup. (And I shouldn’t say no if it was in Cafe Royal because goodness, look at that gorgeous place!)

  • As always: very glamorous. Virtually meeting new people – through blogging – is a lot of fun. If you then also get along in real life, that’s certainly the cherry on top! xx

  • Love this post. Actually I had come across the Oscar Wilde room before and completely forgotten about it. My BF is taking me to Marrakech for our anniversary and I’d like to spoil him for a dinner. Do you think it would be a good place to take him?

    Bizarre, I was chatting on Twitter to someone just last week about writing a post about the bad press that bloggers get. I’ll have to retire it to the archives!

    Also, as someone that would really like a career change (I’m currently a PA/HR Manager) into the blogging/social media world, I’d be keen for some meetups/sessions.

    Katie <3

  • Chloe

    I totally agree with your comments about running a blog. I’m a chef as well as blogger and editing truly does take so much time, editing, uploading etc- Id love to be able to update daily but it’s just not possible. I can see how it would become so time consuming if you were doing it full time, I would not be able to stop!!
    I’d love to be involved in a meet up! I’m from London, but just about to move to Bristol for a new job and I don’t know anyone so it would be the perfect opportunity to meet people. I’m not a lifestyle blogger though, I’m a food blogger- is that allowed?!
    Chloe x
    http://Www.thecitygirlskitchen.wordpress.com

  • I would love to do a blogger meet up! As a film blogger I don’t often get to meet other people to discuss the goings on in the blogging universe.

    Steph x

    http://www.stephonscreen.com

  • Kamara H

    That afternoon tea looks scrumptious! I’d love to attend a blogger meetup in London. It’d be great to connect with like-minded people here 🙂

  • Mini and Me

    I would love to come along. I am a student at Bristol University and write a blog mainly about restaurant reviews. Here is a link to it: http://miniandmelifestyle.blogspot.co.uk XX

  • ceg924

    I’ve been following you on instagram for quite a while now, and recommended your blog to all my friends (and acquaintances) that studied abroad in London! I’ve wanted to create my own blog / website for a loooooong time now, but don’t know where to start or how to start. I’ve wanted to take an “iheartblogshop” class (looks really cool) but also is expensive and since I don’t even have a blog started yet I don’t see myself forking over the $$ to take the class quite yet.

    That being said – I would love to join a blog meet up sometime this year. I am living in Sevilla, Spain right now (if you haven’t been then you SHOULD DEFINITELY come!) But I could pop over to another city for a weekend, if given enough notice!

  • Tea-riffic! Haha i love it!

    SundayswithStephanie.blogspot.com

  • I’d love for you to do a meet up! I’d definitely be up for coming to on in London!

    http://www.iamdaisyalice.com

  • Lucy Platt

    Would love if you did a meet up, though I live all the way up north, would definitely make the trip down for that!xxx http://www.lucysemporium.co.uk

  • I do love afternoon tea – I was at the Sanderson Yesterday enjoying the ‘Mad Hatters’ afternoon tea and it really suited me due to the nature of my very sweet tooth! This afternoon tea look’s stunning but I must confess that quails egg sandwiches and wild boar would be a little wasted on me as they don’t appeal at all, however the cake/macaroons looked incredible.
    I’d love to attend a blogger meet up, however I’m in the Northampton area so even though I don’t mind coming to London it would be great to meet connections or attend a event within a closer distance or even has mentioned by others something online sound’s appealing too! xo
    http://www.cakevsscales.com

  • Shade of Red Blog

    Welcome to London, Julia! Huge yes to a blogger meet-up, Rosie.
    http://shadeofredblog.com

  • Jesse Owen

    This is an awesome post and boy do those scones look good!

    It looks like you had a wonderful afternoon and a brilliant message to end with 😀

    http://www.thatjessebloke.co.uk

  • Laura Almond

    Hi Rosie, I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for awhile now, visited some great restaurants in London and abroad after reading one of your posts.

    I started my own lifestyle blog in January and would be very interested in coming along to one of your blogger meet and greet events once it’s organised. Always good to hear other people’s experiences and get some tips from the experts 🙂

    Also would be great if you have a moment to check out my blog http://landonlife.co.uk.

    Have a lovely day x

  • I’d love for you to do a little blogging masterclass! I’ve had a blog for a couple of years on and off and also create social media content as part of my job, but I’d love to know more tips and tricks 🙂 x

  • Really cool of you to acknowledge the tougher side of blogging, and not just the glam. Keep it up Rose xx

    http://www.cestlagedor.com

    xA

  • Oh my goodness the Cafe Royal is absolutely gorgeous! Going to tea is such a novel experience for us Americans and the food looks so delicious. Especially those scones!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.wordpress.com/

  • You both look lovely! A blogger meetup is a great idea Rosie, and why not make it a holiday themed fete (hint hint since I’ll be in London mid-December and it would be such a treat!) 🙂
    -Anne Marie| ourbrightestdays.com

  • Holly & Boydie G.

    Great post! It is always wonderful looking at your blog, the quality of the photos and your storytelling has always been top notch. I love that you point out that getting to this point has required a lot of dedication and hard work. I think that lately, the people around me seem to think that blogging and youtubing is the next “get rich quick” scheme and don’t really understand how much goes into creating a successful blog or channel.
    Thanks for all your hard work!

  • i love you both! Love what you said about blogging. SO gorgeous as always Rosie! 🙂

    http://www.theroadtothere.me

  • Katie Nally

    Gorgeous girls!

    When I’m in London, will you bring me here?!!! X

  • Beautiful ladies. The food looks amazing too!
    http://www.allaboutbelle.com

  • Adaleta Avdic

    This looks like a lovely little time. I would certainly be interested in having a blogger meet-up in my area (Tucson, AZ) as I obviously cannot come to London for the meet-up 😉 I suppose I could, but I’d have a whole lotta planning to do before coming to London with the Mr. It’s definitely nice to have some blogger friends who understand exactly what you’re talking about and the struggle of being consistent, throwing up fresh content and doing all you do. It does get difficult at times because some of my friends and boyfriend think it’s ridiculous I spend so much time focusing my attention & efforts on my blog each week, but I want to post Monday-Thursday and be consistent along with making sure everything I post is something I’m proud of displaying. Although I tend to post mostly about makeup (which many people think is superficial and ridiculous) I enjoy doing it and who is anyone else to tell me I can’t post about whatever it is I like! Plus I throw in travel posts often because I do travel quite a bit. So glad you included that blurb in this post! I understand, although probably not to the extreme level you do as I’m sure with blogging being your full-time job, you’re literally running around constantly. I appreciate all that you do & I know it’s not easy but I’m so GLAD you do it 😉

    xx, Ada

  • What a lovely post! That afternoon tea takes finger sandwiches and scones to a whole other level.

    It’s refreshing to read your open and honest opinion about blogging, it seems so glamorous and perfect that you don’t realise it has its downsides, like all careers. Wonderful post!

    Rosie
    http://www.rosebudbakes.wordpress.com

  • Andreia Gaspar

    how i envy you
    that is such a chique place to go
    and those appetizers yum!

    http://simplyhazel1.wordpress.com/

  • I would be super keen for a blogger meet up, I love your posts and really enjoy reading about what you get up to. Blogger bake sale round 2?

  • Carly

    HI Rosie,

    I also love a good Blog chat 🙂

    I have recently started a Wellbeing Blog called http://www.living-brightly.com and love it. I write about Health (and my ongoing long term recovery fromME/CFS), Healing, Nutrition, Recipes, Organic Beauty & Living, Finding your Passion & Purpose – and I also LOVE to write about the Beautiful Art of Blogging itself – and have ideas to develop this area much further.

    I am letting the direction unfold organically – just as a blog should. I know if I keep writing about topics which inspire me then the content will evolve just as it should. My Blog and I need time to get to know one another 😉 and we are both learning a lot.

    I have tons of plans – when my health permits fingers crossed – but Blogging truly has opened the door to many possibilities and you meet the nicest people! :-)))))

    I am near Canterbury and Whitstable if you ever fancy a seaside Blog coffee in Kent. Be great to also interview you about how you got started if you fancied it? Would love to gossip.

    Have a great day
    Carly xx

  • I would so love to do some kind of blogger meet up! Unfortunately, Nashville is a bit far from London 🙂 Otherwise, I would so be there!

  • Courtney

    I just moved to London and have yet to have a nice tea! I would love a blogger meetup as well…that would be oodles of fun.

  • I have a friend over from the States, so obvious to take them to tea. Thanks!

    Also, you may want to look at putting in a newsletter sign-up near the top of your homepage. And if you need a photographer/retoucher for some quick advice just gives us a heads up.

  • Stephanie Peers

    What a beautiful room for tea! I have always loved and worked in fashion until recently when I’ve moved to the finance world. My blog is like the perfect creative outlet for me, and although it’s only new, I really enjoy it! I’d love if you’d take a look: http://www.thestylememo.com x

  • Oriette

    Rosie, you should come to Manchester and do a North West meet up! Would love to meet you! xx

  • Abby

    Love the idea of a blogger meet up! Maybe we can set one up in Boston!
    I have been learning about blogging in school and many of my classes have included setting up a blog and posting to it as assignments. Its really nice when an assignment is something as fun as a blog. Hoping to keep running with mine after I graduate!

    http://www.bunewmedia.net/madtripping/

  • Amazing! You both look gorgeous! I would love to attend a meet-up (in London of course).

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

  • Rosie, your insight on the blogging industry was inspiring. I am still an amateur blogger but I enjoy what I do. Thank you for your inspiring words! I hope to only get better with my blog!

    Looks like you had a wonderful afternoon!

    xo
    Kelly

    Itskelly7.blogspot.com

  • Debbie Walpole

    The perfect shot even has you both sandwiching David Gandy…!

  • You two look gorgeous 🙂 A meet up would be amazing Rosie, being a blogger and at home alone most of the time is lovely but it gets really lonely …so much work goes into blogging! I am so in for a meet up and I live in Chiswick so anywhere you want! Maybe even a christmas meet up!! (I have a strange passion for xmas) hahah 🙂 xo
    Sylvia

    http://www.sylviassparkles.com

  • What a beautiful place to go for tea. I’ve followed Julia on and off for about a year. I think it is the most crazy thing when bloggers I follow talk to each other. It seems so foreign but makes so much sense! You both look amazing!

    xx
    Hannah

    chronicleofagirl.wordpress.com

  • Sarah Gifford

    I just want to say you are both perfectly dressed for tea. Adorbs

  • gina

    would definitely be up for a meet up – please keep me posted, looks like you had fun http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/borough-market-and-southbank.html

  • KFunk

    Wow, what an amazing spot for tea – so glad you two had a great time! I’m (finally) heading back to London in December, will have to check it out. Also, so fun and random to see Thomas on your blog – he’s my old coworker from Chartboost. Very small world! 🙂

  • Although new to the blogging world, I already get what you say here completely! It’s not easy at all to appear so put together and to be having the most fabulous time ALL THE TIME. But that’s what brings all the positive energy to your readers, and it’s so worth it! (just like how I feel every time when I read your posts) Thanks for speaking up for us fellow bloggers:)))

    And I’d love to attend one of your meet-ups if you ever organise one. Such a good idea! xxx

    Gloria

    http://it-is-sweetchili.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Julia Engel

    You sure do know how to pick a great spot! We expected nothing less, of course 😉 Thomas and I both loved talking shop with you guys! Hope to see you both soon!! XO Julia

  • Rosie, completely get where you’re coming from re blogging being harder than it looks! Super keen for blogging meet-ups/sessions. XX

  • PinkynBrain

    Must be so stressful being a blogger, you should have been something easy like a doctor or surgeon!

    • Freddie

      You can have stress without it being OMG THE WORST STRESS ANYONE HAS EVER EXPERIENCED EVER! She says it’s the best job in the world, but sometimes it gets a bit much. If she said it was all perfect and easy you’d have a go at her for being to perfect and fake. Someone admitting that they work hard for their life is inspirational.
      Go back to your sad lonely little cave you troll.

      • Patricia

        No need to be so rude and calling someone that kind of stuff. I do agree that it’s awful from her to complain about her perfect life where the only stress is choosing or editing photos

  • Those scones! *drooling*

    I’m a food blogger from London, and not so coincidentally I work at a media agency doing social media, SEO, and building websites. Best of both worlds!

    I would definitely be up for a meet up, always nice to catch up with people who have the same passions in life!

    http://www.diamondintheashes.com

    @Dmndintheashes

  • The afternoon tea looks amazing and the photo with the London bus is perfect! I would love a meetup in Scotland.
    Love,
    Lauren
    http://love-lauren-x.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Lovely post! Really enjoyed reading about the tea room 🙂

  • Wow Cafe Royal looks almost unreal… beautiful! I would love to join a meet up in London!

  • I can’t imagine how much time is spent producing content and managing a professional blog. My blog is just a hobby to document the things I do for fun and places I travel to. Even that takes a lot of time! You both look lovely.

  • Such amazing photos of the tea! Great story, too, so many people really don’t understand the work and time that goes into blogging!

    Liz
    http://www.liztheaustinite.com

  • Caileigh

    What a beautiful place! I wish there was somethig like that around me, can’t wait to get back to London and see some more lovely architecture, as opposed to all the modern skyscrapers around me!

    http://caileighmorgan.wordpress.com/

  • Hi_D

    Wow! You sure do know how to throw a tea party.

    http://kintsugioflife.blogspot.com

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  • Am so with you on the finding lovely people in the blogging world thing. I moved back to London from New York a year or so back so had to start all over again – now just about finding my own little gang of blog gals. Also had head in Notes From a Stylist blog/web revamp over the summer as switching up to lifestyle stuff – OMG head spinning over SEO and all that jazz. Would definitely be up for a meet up in town to talk blogging, social media & geek stuff – met with the lovely Anna from London RewardStyle the other week too!

  • This looks amazing, you both look so stylish and classic. I appreciate all the work that goes into your blog 🙂 xXx

    http://primeministeroffun.blogspot.co.uk/

  • That tea looked awesome! Also, really liked the business part of blogging. I’m a baby in the blogging world and there really is so much time and energy that goes into it! Would love a blogger meet-up session. I’ll be in London until December and would love to join in! xoxo, Hailey

    http://www.pendeltonplace.com

  • Two of my favorite bloggers in one place! Not sure if you would plan on doing anything in America, but I’d be willing to travel to attend one of your blogging events! I’m new to the game and could use some expert wisdom….

  • Ece

    Cafe Royal looks exquisite! Definitely going there soon. Love everything about the post except the tights and sandals Rosie… I think a pair of black court shoes could’ve done better.

  • What a perfect treat for an American visitor, and it’s lovely to find others from across the globe who relate to your passions 🙂

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Excellent photos! This place will certainly be on my to do list soon! I would love the opportunity to meet bloggers in London! So the idea of a blogger meet is amazing

    http://Www.alittlebitoflifeerh.blogspot.com

  • Honey What’s Cooking

    I love afternoon tea in London. NOthing beats clotted cream and scones. You both look so pretty.

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  • TheGivingBride

    I’ve learned about another lovely blogger thanks to you-checking out her site right now and its wonderful. Julia has gained a new reader.

  • that looks so so lovely 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  • Jessica Mac

    Hi Rosie, Keen to join any central London ‘how to’ blogger discussions in coming months.

  • Thanks for writing about being a blogger, as a blogger myself, it really is a lonely job and there is no time off, you are ALWAYS WORKING, even when you take time away from your laptop, everything you do could be bloggable and you usually end up photographing something to blog about or jotting down notes in your phone with a blog idea.

    It is AWESOME to be able to chat with other bloggers who get everything that goes into running a fantastic blog, people who don’t blog just have no idea.

    It’s also really nice to hear from you from a personal point of view as opposed to just chatting about what you’re getting up to 🙂

  • I’d love to attend a meetup as can often feel lonely in the blogging world. I’m a Londoner but live in Manchester now and have organised 2 of my own meetups which I plan to be regular (@WeBlogMCR). Would be great to work on something together up here perhaps? X

  • I love both of you and this looks like the perfect afternoon!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Greer Wignall

    Hi Rosie. I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, a friend introduced me. Love your posts. As a New Zealander in London it’s fabulous to get inspiration of luxe places to go to around the city. Cafe Royal is a great spot, have been in there twice for meetings, is very nice. I’ve been blogging for about a year – in a completely different field – I coach people in the area of personal development. It certainly can be a lot more work than people realise! But so rewarding, I love it. A bloggers meet up would be amazing. My website is being re-developed this month but the site address is greerwignall.com. Would love to meet you and listen in to some of your blogging wisdom.

  • Dominic King

    A blogging meet up sounds great. I currently do events and strategic comms for O2 Think Big and I’m slowly setting up my own blog. It’d be really beneficial for me and other people I work with to come to a session like you’re talking about. If you’d be interested in some trendy Hoxton Square event space let me know. My email’s dominick@o2thinkbig.co.uk.

  • Robyn

    This looks so amazing, I am getting hungry just looking at the pictures! Great post 🙂

    http://www.skinnybelle.com/

  • So fun! I would love to attend one of your meet ups, too bad I live in DC. I work in social media myself & I am a huge nerd when it comes to talking to people about the latest trends, influencers, blogging, etc. If you’re ever in DC please do let me know! Xo!

    20somethingfashion.blogspot.com

  • fanim

    It’d be amazing for you to organise a blogging meetup/session – in London of course! Great post as usual and might have to go for tea at the Cafe Royal. Looks gorgeous!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    I would love to come along to a blogger meet up – there’s some really fab places in Chiswick if you’re interested in somewhere new? Lots of places to choose from, including an amazing American style bakery!!

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.wordpress.com

  • I did the same thing when my American friend came to visit London earlier this year. There’s nothing more British than afternoon tea!

    And I completely agree with what you say about being a blogger. I recently started my own blog and am still figuring out where I am/what I want to do with it but totally get the stress and time constraints you’re talking about. It definitely is a lot lke stabbing in the dark!

    • SkatterbraiN

      Hey,

      I love the material you write. Hope you continue the awesome work. Three cheers…YAY!!!!

      I’m a rookie blogger, you can read me up at

      http://skatterbrain.wix.com/skatterbrain

      Hope you like it. And please reach out to me with all possible suggestions 🙂

      Love, love and more love,

      SkatterbraiN.