Sunday, 27 April 2014

A birthday tea in London

One of my dearest friends Hannah was 30 this month, so after she'd got back from road-tripping America with her husband (lucky b*ggers), we decided we needed to do something purely girly. Going for ice cream at Fortnum & Mason was the obvious choice! 

biscuits at Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason balloons

They don't usually book tables in their more casual ice cream and tea parlour, but they made a special exception for us since it was Han's birthday and boy did they treat us well! They were so sweet and had put up special balloons (avoiding the big 3-0 at our request...). When we arrive there was even a beautiful gold tin of 'chocolossus' biccys on the table. 

Daisy jewellery necklace

After giving her our gift (go to Daisy London for gorgeous jewellery, you wont't be disappointed) we obviously had to order prosecco - no question. You need fizz when celebrating, it's the law! 

friends at Fortnum & Mason
friends at Fortnum & Mason

The lovely Rosie and Kirsty were looking photo-ready! Here's the beautiful birthday girl with her fizz. 

friends at Fortnum & Mason
friends at Fortnum & Mason
friends at Fortnum & Mason

And me with mine. 

Fortnum's ice cream

I figure you can never have enough alcohol when it's a special birthday, so I went for a Bellini, lemon and mango sorbet, which was amazing - fizzy, tart and super sweet. 

friends at Fortnum & Mason
friends at Fortnum & Mason

Han plumped for the same! Great minds. 

friends at Fortnum & Mason

The staff even bought out a cake which was ON FIRE (not really, but it was that dramatic).

friends at Fortnum & Mason

I think the birthday girl was pretty pleased.

coffee at Fortnum & mason
coffee at Fortnum & mason


After coffees (you need a break in the alcoholic proceedings when you reach our age...) we sat for the mandatory birthday photo.


Posers!

We stumbled out, giggling, full and admiring the posh merchandise on the way, to find somewhere to carry on the party. Being that we're British and the sun was just slightly out despite it only being about 15 degrees, that place obviously had to be outside. And where better than Vista at the Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Hotel
The Trafalgar Hotel

While we were waiting for a table, we ordered something cold and frosty in their lobby bar and posed up for yet another photo (thank you, obliging waiters of London). 

The Trafalgar Hotel

Reckon we've got our photo faces down?

Vista at Trafalgar Hotel, London

Kirsty certainly has! 

Upstairs we were greeted by the most gorgeous views of central London you could imagine. 

Views over Trafalgar Square London
Views over Trafalgar Square London
Views over Trafalgar Square London
Views over Trafalgar Square London

Props to Kirsty for snapping these amazing pics with my camera. Doesn't Trafalgar square look good?

Vista at Trafalgar Hotel, London
Vista at Trafalgar Hotel, London

Vodka martini for me. It wasn't as warm as we'd thought up there and even the blankets Vista provide weren't doing the job – vodka was probably medically necessary! Han went for a rather tasty looking raspberry daiquiri. They made these off-menu for us so were certainly in our good books.

Vista at Trafalgar Hotel, London

Happy 30th Han – I had a blast celebrating with you! 

Vista at Trafalgar Hotel, London



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