Scallops at Aubrey Doyle, which I’ve enjoyed before.

Yet another ‘I love London’ moment earlier this week.

Cocktail and Cake Liquid Afternoon Tea tasting at The Royal Horseguards Hotel.

Ross X Bute fashion event.

Red Velvet Cupcake from The Chelsea Teapot.

Discovering Addies Thai in Earls Court, almost opposite Ping. Win!

Brunch at Carluccio’s in Kensington.

Picking up some magazines from My Fulham News – one of the only few newsagents left in Chelsea and where I bought my first issues of Just 17 and Smash Hits. These guys are local legends!

Today’s brunch from my fave chef, the bf!

xox

First thing first, I’m so pleased to see the King’s Robe back on The Botanist‘s cocktail menu!

I’m not sure how long it’s been back because admittedly, the last time I was at The Botanist I’d popped in for a glass of wine to dry off after the torrential downpour, during that one day in the week of the last Chelsea Flower Show.

Where has time flown? What have I been doing with me life? Yesterday, I took precious time out to spend a couple of hours having Afternoon Tea with a dear friend who as a journalist was carrying out some research for her next London travel piece.

Talk about taking what’s on your doorstep for granted; I’d never considered The Botanist for Afternoon Tea before. And what a mistake that has been because savouring the King’s Robe with not just any red velvet cupcake was a divine way to end the week.

The red velvet had chocolate inside and white wine vinegar, as well as a cream cheese topping. The whole experience was layers of surprise and deliciousness!

Of course, this isn’t the traditional idea of an Afternoon Tea, which my friend and I also enjoyed.

It’s just that I’m not really so much of a tea person, especially if there are cocktails in sight. Admittedly, I have started putting the red wine to the side in favour of Numi Organic Tea, when I’m at home. My fave flavour is the white rose.

But back to the Afternoon Tea! Between my friend and I, we devoured the sandwiches which were suitably light and also enjoyed the scones. I also tasted my friend’s rose tea which was very lovely indeed. And after, I decided on one more martini, the Prudence.

To sum up the Prudence, it was a more refreshing drink than the slightly richer King’s Robe; a completely different drink altogether. Here is the menu, if you want to take a gander at the martinis’ ingredients:

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Yesterday afternoon was also the first place I’d turned up to an indoor public venue with my Bikeminded Brompton, and as I was being shown to a table, the kind staff offered to take my bike for me and store it away. Much appreciated!

Afternoon Tea at The Botanist was a really lovely way to spend a couple of hours and we’d picked the perfect time to go. The early evening crowd congregating outside the large window where we sat, really added to that much needed Friday feeling!

*update: click here for the red velvet cupcake recipe, courtesy of The Botanist.*

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