Wearing ASOS dress, Chanel shoes, Dolce and Gabbana bag
Yesterday (Monday) I turned 37. And what a better way to celebrate than afternoon tea at the Ritz?
Last year I went to Paris for 3 days just before my birthday and I went for a tea and cake at The Ritz there because I am a huge fan of Coco Chanel and if it was good enough for her it is good enough for me. It had undergone a huge refurbishment and I wanted to visit it and it did not disappoint. This year my friend suggested to go the Ritz in London so I could compare the two and I thought it was a brilliant idea. I love Afternoon Teas (I’m preparing a blog post about some of my favourite ones) and so we decided to book it for my birthday and maybe even make it a new tradition.
Call me silly but one of the things about Afternoon teas and birthdays is a perfect excuse to dress up and of course buy new outfit. I had been deciding between few dresses and found this one last minute on ASOS on ordered it literally couple of days before my actual birthday. It fitted perfectly and I loved it so that was my outfit sorted. When I was younger I remember the weather used to be much warmer around my birthday and it usually already felt like Spring which hasn’t been the case lately and especially this year so I wasn’t sure if wearing a sleeveless dress was the best idea but the sun came out and it was very warm at The Ritz so I was glad I decided to go for it and I felt really nice in it.
I thought because we went on a Monday it wouldn’t be very busy but that was a mistake. It was very busy and if you’re planning on going I would recommend you booking well in advance. We booked it at the beginning of January. But despite it being busy there was a nice atmosphere. There was a pianist playing some lovely music and it was buzzing but pleasant. At one point the pianist started playing Happy Birthday song and few waiters came out with little cakes with candles and I got one along with some other people. I though that was really nice touch although I was probably blushing. Especially when everyone started clapping but fortunately like I said I wasn’t the only birthday girl there.
The food was tasty. On the top tier we had few deserts and I of course tried the pink one which was with raspberries and was delicious and then I had lots of sandwiches. My favourite was with salmon. When we ate them all they brought more and after they brought the scones and jam and cream. The scones were fresh and warm and although I am not a big fan of scones I did have one. It was yummy. In the end they brought an extra dessert and it was a selection of either chocolate mousse cake (so delicious) and apple pie and surprisingly I went for that one (I’m more of a chocolate person) but I did not regret my decision. It was the best apple pie I had ever tasted. And of course I tried the chocolate mousse cake from my friend.
Everything tasted very nice and we had a glass of champagne too and I went for rose infused tea and a bit of my friend’s coffee. It’s funny because I’m not really into sandwiches and cakes but I love Afternoon teas. I think it’s the whole tradition and the fine China and the atmosphere about Afternoon teas I love. I’ve already tried few in London and I definitely recommend the one at The Ritz. The place itself is amazing (lot of pink which I did not expect), the toilets are amazing (I’d happily just hang out int there – it looks beautiful, they have chaise lounge there, bottled water and magazines – what more to ask for?) and despite being busy the staff were attentive and I loved the live music.
Overall I had a nice experience and a lovely birthday. I went with two friends and afterwards we had few more drinks in a nearby bar and although I was a bit apprehensive about turning 37 it couldn’t have started better and I’m excited about what the year is going to bring.
Have you been to the Ritz? Did you like it?
Have a stylish day.