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#25: Tea at The Ritz

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Tea at The Ritz made it to my #40Before40 list and this Christmas I’ve ticked it off the list.

The hotel looked so inviting with all the Christmas decorations and the wonderful service starts with the doormen welcoming you in (nowhere to be seen in this pic, haha, but they were just off to the right!).

Inside it feels very warm and cosy and the decorations are abundant. There was a huge Christmas tree in the lobby which we walked past on the way to Palm Court where tea is served.

I met my lovely client Janelle for the first time. We had a good catch up, comparing business notes and just getting to know each other better.

Whilst we were chatting our waiter came and introduced himself. Since it was Christmas we were treated to glass of The Ritz rose champagne.

I chose the gluten-free option which was no compromise whatsoever. Our three tiered cake stand was delivered, jam-packed with finger sandwiches and Janelle’s cakes. My cakes were brought separately along with a plate of scones with jam and clotted cream for each of us.

The beautiful silverware with our tea was brought over and we were desperately running out of space at the table! There is a really big selection of teas available to choose from. I’m not really a tea drinker so I went with green tea which actually went down very nicely!

Despite our plates still being piled high (too much chatting, not enough eating!) the waiter brought the cake trolley round. There was a choice of Christmas cake or pear ganache  and I was brought a tiny, gluten-free, Victoria sponge cake. Then we were even brought a mince pie! Needless to say, we could not eat everything (although I had a pretty good try!).

The atmosphere was lovely. The pianist was playing Christmas songs with a trio of singers too. Everyone sang happy birthday to the two ladies in our sitting who had birthdays, and the waiters took each of them a little cake with a candle.

The waiters give great service; fun, polite and unobtrusive. They clearly take pleasure in their roles and aim to delight.

We took some photos for a family who wanted a picture in front of Palm Court. They returned the favour and to get the best picture possible for us, asked another party if they would mind awfully moving out the way. All terribly English and polite!

We had such a lovely afternoon. The Ritz is right on Piccadilly so after tea we walked a few minutes down the road to Fortnum and Mason to look at the Christmas decorations for sale. Janelle got some pretty little glass baubles personalised and we looked at the Swarovski crystal decorations whilst we waited. We’re lusting after the huge Fortnum and Mason crackers for next year. Goodness knows what’s actually in them, we’re guessing an entire magnum of champagne, haha!

After that we hopped in an Uber and headed off to the Southbank to meet some other friends and colleagues for cocktails!



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