Afternoon Tea

Georgian House is open grab your broomstick and head on down for a magical Wizards Afternoon Tea

If your looking for a bewitching afternoon tea experience then climb on your broomstick and head on down to Georgian House which will delight all your senses.

Whether you are a die hard wizarding, fanatical about Wizards & Wizards or love magical surprises then their Wizards Afternoon Tea will not disappoint with surprises throughout and the food will tantalise your taste buds.

I experienced the Wizard Afternoon Tea on a PR basis to review.

Georgian House

Tucked away this 1851 Victorian Grade II listed charming boutique hotel offers the perfect place to stay. It offers luxurious accommodation and is conveniently just 5 minutes from London Victoria Coach Station and 10 minutes from Victoria Railway station making it the perfect spot to commute from to explore London.

Georgian House hotel has been family owned for generations. It was built by Serena von der Heyde’s great great grandfather William Chinnery Mitchell and has been a family treasure for over 150 years. William was a leading master builder within London in the second quarter of the 19th century.

William left a mark on all of his builds by adding a few signature details, from panel doors and his string motif, a plaster decorative line on the exterior of many of his houses.

Over several generations the houses, are now known as the Georgian House Hotel, having been handed down through the family. Serena von der Heyde took over the bed and breakfast operation back in 1987, when it was a two star hotel and had 28 guest rooms.

Today, the Georgian House Hotel is a 5 star boutique which has 63 bedrooms and apartments within. Provides a place within London’s bustling hotel scene as a warm and welcoming place for families, couples and those on business to base themselves when visiting the capital. As for generations the family has always maintained the home from home feel that guests recognise and appreciate time and time again.

Apart from the luxurious bedrooms and apartments on offer at Georgian House they also have a few enchanted themed rooms for Wizards and Witches who are seeking that something a little more magical. Smaller cosier rooms such as the Wizard Chambers can be booked which are designed for couples who want to be captivated by magic. Found concealed behind a bookcase door on the lower ground level of the hotel, along a portrait-lined passageway bathed in candle light. Each room features faux castle details such as stained glass windows, stone walls, archways, trunks, wood burning stoves and cauldrons. Complete your magical stay and enjoy a spellbinding experience of an Wizards Afternoon Tea full of surprises or learn the art of Wizard Potion Making.

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The Wizard Exploratorium afternoon tea – unicorn poop, potions, magic and so much more

As a fan of all things magic, sweet treats and tea when I heard about The Wizard Exploratorium’s newest event for a Magical Afternoon Tea at theirs I just had to do it.

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English thing. Traditionally afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones served with clotted cream and preserves and of course tea served within tea pots.

But how did the Afternoon Tea come about in England? Afternoon tea came about in 1840 thanks to Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Within the household dinner was served fashionably late at eight, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. Around 4pm the Duchess would become hungry and ask for a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her and this is how afternoon tea came about. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. Nowadays however, in the average suburban home, afternoon tea is likely to be just a biscuit or small cake and a mug of tea, usually produced using a teabag.

A traditional Afternoon Tea with all the works can still be enjoyed within many restaurants, hotels and tearooms across the UK but if your looking for a magical one then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to go for magic and wander.

I was invited down on a PR basis courtesy of The Wizard Exploratorium to experience and review their newest magical event yet for a Magical Afternoon Tea.

The Wizard Exploratorium within London, Soho

Nestled in the heart of Soho The Wizard Exploratorium combines cool magic and science together.

There is so much to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from wand making, afternoon tea or a cocktail potion making class or if your just looking for some magical merchandise then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to pop on in.

Within The Wizard Exploratorium they bring science and tech together along with food and beverages to bring a magical time and make you be wowed.

There are several experiences and seasonal experiences to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from Magic Wand Making, Potion Experience and their newest immersive event Wizard Afternoon Tea where you create the magic and enjoy a magical feast of food and sip on magical tea.

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Peter Bowen Art pimp up your table & home

If you are looking to pimp up your table or home then I highly recommend checking out Peter Bowen, who sells a range of beautiful ceramics and prints. I was kindly gifted a sugar bowl courtesy of Peter Bowen to show me that having a sugar bowl on your table for breakfast or afternoon tea really can lift your spirits and make your dining experience at home feel that extra special.

Did you know that there are 56 different sugars out there? such as brown sugar to cane sugar. Do you know where sugars come from? Sugars are found in most plants. Also honey and fruit where an abundant natural source of unbounded simple sugars are.

Most of us crave sugars for sweetness which brings the phrase ‘sweet tooth’. Sugar is used in many ways be it within a cake, to make cookies but more commonly for our tea or coffee. With most of us always adding a spoonful of sugar to our hot beverage it might surprise you to learn that us average Brits consumes about 24 kilograms of sugar each year.

Make your sugar intake a royal one though and store within one of Peter Bowen beautiful ceramic pots which also comes with a pretty good leafy spoon. Be it for your cereal, pancakes or hot beverage you will feel like royalty.

Peter Bowen Art

Peter Bowen who is based in Somerset has been making ceramics for over 40 years. He produces clocks, butter dishes, cream jugs and sugar bowls in a range of unique glazes and colours which are all made from white earthenware clay. As well as art painting in watercolour.

His unique style of art and ceramics have earned him an international reputation with much of his work in private collections around the world.

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The Steam Dreams Rail Co cream tea on board 61306 Mayflower to Windsor

Have you ever taken a ride on a steam train before? Well even if you have or haven’t I highly recommend booking a seat on the 61306 Mayflower steam train in where you can take in stunning views upon your journey as well as tuck into a delicious brunch, tasty cream tea or even a luxurious dinner onboard. So if your looking for that something nostalgic and extra special be it for a romantic date, a treat for a friend or even to celebrate a birthday the 61306 Mayflower will be a memory which will stay with you and your loved ones forever.

Steam Dreams Rail Co. is renowned for giving memorable days out and holidays across the UK and Europe. This summer they are providing a vast array of trips across beautiful the British countryside, whether you choose to travel in non-dining or treat yourself to a delicious on board dining experience their journey will be a moment in your life which you will never forget.

I was invited down on a PR basis courtesy of Steam Dreams to enjoy an afternoon cream tea experience on board their 61306 Mayflower steam train which is one of their series of summer tours which leaves from London Victoria station.

The Steam Dreams Rail Co.

The Steam Dreams Rail Co. is renowned for memorable days out and holidays across the UK and Europe. Select from a vast array of trips and take a steam train journey across the beautiful British countryside and treasure the memory forever.

Under new management, having been acquired in December 2018 by locomotive owner David Buck, Steam Dreams Rail Co are delighted to have celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2019. Since its inception in 1999, Steam Dreams Rail Co has gone from strength to strength and now welcomes over 19,000 passengers on board each year on over 50 trips and stop at 100 stations across the UK.

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BRUU tea tantalise your tastebuds

Tea has been around in the UK since the eighteenth century, and an abundance of teas cover our supermarket shelves as tea is the most popular and commonly offered beverage in any home, work place, restaurant, hotel etc. but there is noting quite like BRUU tea.

The most popular tea we drink in the UK is a black tea with a slice of lemon, and sugar. The other popular tea that we consume is English Breakfast tea, which is tea served in a mug with milk and a spoon of sugar, this is also known is also known as a builder’s tea.

In Britain we often enjoy a cuppa along with a sandwich, crumpet, scone, cake or biscuit. A popular British custom is to dunk a biscuit into tea.

As centuries have gone by though so has our tea tastes. We are now not just satisfied with the traditional Black or English Tea anymore but we yearn for variety from green, fruity, spicy and herbal teas.

With such a wide variety of brands and choice on the market it can be hard to know which tea to choose for your early, mid or late night cuppa. Thanks to BRUU tea you can enjoy a variety of high unique quality gourmet teas monthly thanks to their subscription boxes. Within each monthly delivered box tea consumers will get four different teas to brew and enjoy anytime at home, or even out on your travels.

BRUU are gourmet suppliers of black tea, green tea and fruity herbal teas. No matter what you get in your surprise box of tea you will not be disappointed as each are high in quality and provide a tantalising taste, you will be yearning for your next monthly mystery box of tea.

I was gifted a three month subscription to sample at home and now BRUU tea is my all time favourite tea makers as their tea is like no other tea on the market.

BRUU are very different and unique as they produce high quality loose tea and subscription boxes giving you a surprise to the nose and awakening you taste-buds every month with different cuppas of tea.

BRUU

BRUU was founded back in 2014. The founder was bored of low grade black, green tea and peppermint teas which are served within hotels and sold in supermarkets within cheap tea bags so he decided to make a difference and thus BRUU was born.

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DoubleTree by Hilton pirate takeover

Not all treasure is silver and gold as I and my buccaneers found whilst at DoubleTree by Hilton in the Docklands.

We were invited down on a complimentary basis to enjoy the treasures of which the Columbia restaurant provided to a themed pirate afternoon tea which we were treated to a bountiful of cakes, cakes and more cakes.

Columbia restaurant within DoubleTree in the Docklands

Columbia has recently been newly renovated giving hungry diners fresh, seasonal and international offerings.

Enjoy a unique dining experience overlooking Canary Wharf. Start your day with an international breakfast or enjoy perhaps a three course meal or even a themed afternoon tea for those who are craving something sweet. Whatever you choose though you will not be disappointed.

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Mad Hatter Gin & Tea Party don’t be late as there is Gin to be drank

At the Mad Hatter’s Gin & Tea Party begin at the beginning, and go on until you come to the end then stop.

I was invited down on a complimentary basis along with some other community members of Love Pop Ups London to become as mad as a Mad Hatter on gin and more gin.

Mad Hatters Gin and Tea Party

Immerse into a Wonderland for an evening of gin and madness.

The Cheshire Cat

They are curators of curious cocktails and culinary contentment’s who serve the finest gin by gin makers Boë. Within the rabbit hole they will teach an array of Alice-inspired cocktails which scream out “Drink Me”.

Kit & Caboodle

Kit & Caboodle have partnered with Fever Up and Secret LDN to bring you the London edition of the Mad Hatter Gin & Tea Party.  

Following the event’s huge success in New York and LA, Kit & Caboodle were challenged with curating the Mad Hatters Gin & Tea Party for the experience seeking London audience. 

They created and developed a brand new script with nods to current UK culture and subcultures, a multi roomed and themed venue story bursting at the seams, giving an experience like no other.

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At Dirty Plate get smashing a chocolate bomb or two

Start your festive season off with a bang or New Year and get on down to Dirty Plate in Camden and smash a Chocolate Bomb or two.

I was invited down on a complimentary basis to test out my skills with a hammer and explode open my very chocolate bomb full of sweetness and delight.

Dirty Plate

Dirty Plate is London’s first luxury dessert experience with a street feast twist. They combine the entertainment value of dessert art, the mystic experience of surprise with an experience of unparalleled immersion.

All their 5 flavours are waiting to be discovered, pop on in and get smashing and eating!

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A look back at July 2019 – Community fun

This article is a look back at the amazing experiences which various community members of Love Pop Ups London enjoyed and helped spread the word about during July 2019 on a complimentary basis.

July 2019 a look back

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VIVI at Centre Point provides an afternoon tea full of cakes, glorious cakes

VIVI is one of the newest and most exciting restaurants to launch within Centre Point in the heart of London’s West End this year. They serve traditional British cuisine with a modern flair. The restaurant is open all day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre meals and dinner. So whether you are a local resident, working in the city, or visiting for the day VIVI has a British dish for everyone’s taste evoking memories of yesteryear with an innovative twist.

Back earlier on this year I enjoyed a three course dinner courtesy of VIVI along with some other members of Love Pop Ups London. This month I was welcomed back to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea along with some other members to indulge in cakes, glorious cakes.

VIVI

Vivi

VIVI is designed by the owners of Rhubarb who are the team behind Sky Garden and Verdi Italian Kitchen at the Royal Albert Hall

Located within Centre Point VIVI is their flagship restaurant which is open all day and serves British dishes which are deliciously bold, offer seasonal menus showcasing the very best of British dining, and a bustling bar serving all those age-old British classics.

VIVI’s beautiful dining room is open day to night; serving a wide range of breakfast options, light lunches, indulgent afternoon teas, and traditional British dinners.

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