Tea at Blakes

Afternoon tea is a big deal in London.

Almost everyone who visits asks where they should go. Hotels and restaurants are forever launching new versions and variations.

I don’t know what it is about those little towers of treats, served with a flourish (and perhaps a cold glass of bubbly?) that drives people wild…

But I’m certainly not complaining!

I like a pile of carbs as much as the next girl. But I must say, tea is not something I tend to get dressed up for.

Well, last week I made quite the exception…

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When Matthew Williamson calls, you answer!

He’s designed a new courtyard, nestled deep within Blakes – The imposing black hotel in Kensington.

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Fashionistas arrived in their droves, drawn like moths to Matthew’s flame.

All eager to sneak a peek at the new terrace.

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Moroccan tiles, painted walls, leaping zebras and sumptuous fabrics.

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Complete with glittering bird cage.

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And blossoms designed by the lovely Rowan.

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Each setting bearing a name tag and specially chosen pair of Linda Farrow x Matthew Williamson sunnies.

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Finished with hand-tied posies for each and every guest.

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Not a single detail was overlooked.

All dreamt up by Matthew and his right hand, Rosanna.

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Braid by Rowhan at Show Dry

Blue gown

Black gown

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Butterfly sunglasses

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Finally, after much excitement and celebration, tea was served.

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Delicious little sandwiches, delectable cakes and dainty petit fours.

A very pretty and really very good option for afternoon tea if you find yourself in Kensington.

Book a table on the terrace, and go for the birdcage if there are a few of you. It would be the perfect spot for birthday celebrations.

As it happens, we celebrated a Tuesday.

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Here’s hoping for a few more casual Tuesdays… I could certainly get used to the attire.

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We all disappeared into the evening light, evaporating into the night.

Gown with the wind.

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