Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Soho's Secret Tea Room

What's better on a Sunday afternoon than a high tea? A high tea in a secret tea room! After moody London weather messed up our plans of opening the picnicking season, S and I were desperately trying to come up with an equally as good of a plan B for a girlie Sunday afternoon. S came up with the idea of high tea at the Soho's Secret Tea Room. Neither of us had been there before so we weren't really sure what to expect but as usual Soho didn't disappoint.
A bright, albeit a very intimate (and by intimate i mean tiny which is why you need to book in advance) sun filled room, accessed via a "secret" staircase behind the bar at what would appear to be your average corner pub, oozes shabby chic. The cutest mismatched vintage tea pots, fresh flowers on the tables and vintage looking embroided table cloths create a feeling of nostalgia with a little bit of 1940's romance. The hostess sporting some serious retro eyeliner and a vintage flowery dress, treated us to an afternoon of guiltful yumminess - homemade cupcakes, amazing strawberry lined sponge cake (both S and I kept having "just another tiny bit" until it was well and truly demolished)...Oh and of course I shall not forget the traditional scones (seriously how can you have an afternoon tea without scones?!) and cucumber sandwiches. The Secret selection of teas didn't disappoint either - after agonising over a tough choice between rose buds and jasmine pearl, I settled for jasmine pearl.. and absolutely loved it! Not going to lie, when I came out of there that afternoon my accent had become that tiny little bit more English ;)