Monday, 9 May 2016

Fortnum and Masons Afternoon Tea


In the colder months, black coats seem to reign supreme. Which may be why I look a little bizarre, I don't have a black coat!
 I also don't charge around London as if on a mission, instead I flutter about. Much more fun to flutter than charge!
Also May is totally considered a colder month, even though the last few days were glorious, as it snowed just last week!


A little window shopping is always fun!
In a chiffon head scarf and white gloves of course.


I had never been to Fortnum and Mason's department store, an obvious remedy was to sample their afternoon tea. 
The store is very sweet and very English. Totally adorable!


I opted for the champagne afternoon tea and it was an incredible indulgence!
Though not the same grandeur and sense of occasion as one of the posh London hotels, the interior was still a beautiful setting for a girly chat. 


All of the food was extremely fresh and delicious.
Everything was very moist- oh how I hate dry sandwiches and scones, there is no excuse! 


An intricate selection of teas, and no limit to how many different ones you can try. Work your way through the menu if you fancy. Or try something different and if you don't like it , no worries, get a different one.


Something I particularly liked was the immense jam selection to go on your scones. We had the raspberry, and strawberry jam and requested some additional lemon curd.
And they let me take all the leftovers home, including the mostly full jam jars. Result!!!


Each bite was total perfection! 
And cakes for afternoon tea really only need to be the smallest of bites.
Dainty and lady like! 


I took the opportunity of the grand setting to pull out my tulle petticoat.
I often wear this petticoat under skirts or dresses for added volume but had never worn it alone. 


Yes I'm posing in a toilet. Sorry! 


I bizarrely felt naked without a skirt over my petticoat. Like I was flashing my knickers all day. But looking at the pictures, I'm super happy with how the look came together.


Outfit details
Fur coat- Vintage from my Great Grandmother
Chiffon Scarf- Oasis
White gloves-Vintage from Beyond Retro
Top- Me made
Petticoat- Made to measure by WardrobeByDulcinea on Etsy in cream(what they call cream)
Shoes- Agnes and Norman
Handbag- Vintage from Etsy
Earrings- Vintage from Alfies Antiques
Brooch- Vintage gift from my VSS



I would score Fortnum and Maisons as follows -
  1. Mise-en-scène - 3/5 - A relaxing atmospheric with modern, classic touches in a  bright open space. There was a pianist in the entry way as you come in, but the seating is not near him so the effect is wasted during tea. 
  2. Tea - 4/5 - Fabulous that you can try as many as you want, and all their own teas that you can buy as tea bags in store. 
  3. Scones - 4/5 - The scones were deliciously light, buttery and moist!
  4. Service - 4/5 - Attentive staff, very happy to help. 
  5. Value - 3/5 - Expensive for refreshment in a department store but lovely non the less. (£44 + champagne was extra, per bottle)

Total: 18/25 

A very civilised affair that gave me and the girls an opportunity to dress to impress and drink in the middle of the afternoon.

X O X O

Christina


P.S. Thank you Sima for taking pictures. 

10 comments:

  1. Oh you look absolutely lovely- like a cupcake! I love it! And as for wearing your petticoat as a skirt alone, I can agree that I would feel a little bit exposed... but more so because of the cold rather than the tulle!

    Champagne afternoon tea also sounds absolutely divine. I think if I were to ever visit the UK I'd definitely be sampling it constantly!

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  2. That afternoon tea looks amazing! As do you!

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  3. Oh my, that afternoon tea looks amazing! I'd never thought of having it at Fortnum & Mason, I generally spend too much time drooling over their sweets counter. Will definitely have to add this to my list of places to try.

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  4. I really enjoyed reading about your outing. I like the way you rate the different parts of the afternoon tea experience. Your outfit is lovely, every detail works so nicely together and I really like the color of your petticoat. I just assumed it was a tulle skirt! Christie

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  5. That looks so yummy and your outfit is so perfect, I want a big tulle petticoat skirt like this now! Beautiful! x

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  6. You are an all out vision of loveliness in this outfit. I adore how it makes me think of ballerinas. Not only because of the elegant tulle skirt, but the whole gentle colour palette of grey and whisper soft peachy-pink ("cream"). What a marvelously pretty ensemble and choice to sport for a spot of tea.

    It warmed my heart to see that your earrings were a VSS gift. Seriously, day more than made.

    Oodles of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  7. I was looking forward to reading this, I saved it for my weekend reading so I could read it properly! You look beautiful in your white fur and tulle, really lovely and Spring like against the sea of black coats.

    I hadn't thought of F&M for tea either. It does seem pricey, but looks particularly good, and I do like that you could even take the jam jars home!
    xx

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  8. My petticoat certainly isn't pretty enough to wear on its own, but yours is! I wouldn't have known it wasn't just a tulle skirt, unless you said. Pale pink with soft grey is so lovely, too. That afternoon tea has some nice looking cakes! I tend to judge them on these, because they can be so very bad, whereas you really do have to be a fool to mess up a scone! Even the drier ones are usually edible, but a bad cake is a bad cake... x

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  9. Ugh! My inner ballerina girl is sighing and swooning over that pink tulle petti ~ particularly when combined with the soft grey wrap top! This is such a dreamy, dancer~y outfit, I love it! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  10. You don't look naked at all in the petticoat, it really looks like a proper skirt! How sweet and feminine. I wish I could prance around London sampling tea as well, I've never been (a disgrace, really, when I lived across the way in Dublin for half a year. Shame on me!)

    ♥ Lauren

    http://thehomemadepinup.wordpress.com

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