Hen Party #1 - Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

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Time has flown over the past couple of weeks, and after a whole year of planning and preparation my little sister Stephanie got married a week last Saturday. I seem to have been going on about the wedding forever so I can hardly believe it's finally happened! It was a beautiful day, and I'll definitely be sharing the hair and makeup I did in a future post. We did our own and it turned out well, with no last-minute meltdowns, which I have to say I was pretty impressed by! 

Anyway, it seems about six months ago now, but a couple of weeks before the wedding, we had Hen Party Number One. This was a blatant excuse for me, Steph, our Mum and our Aunty to do something we'd wanted to do and talked about doing for ages - go for afternoon tea at the Ritz in London.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

I've been in two minds about whether to write this post or not, simply because the photos didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. I was over-excited because of the occasion and my mind wasn't really on the job. I also didn't want my sister's hen party to turn into a photo shoot for my blog and as a result the photos I got weren't the greatest. Even so, there are enough to at least give you an idea of the experience, and speaking for myself I would always rather see what someone got up to than not, even if the pictures aren't spectacular. I'm nosy like that! So I hope you are too. ;-)

Let's start with what's really important - what I wore.

#OOTD featuring blue floral Asos wiggle dress

Dress - Asos, Shoes and Bag - Zara, Necklace - H&M, Ring - Accessorize, Watch - Jord

The dress is the Asos wiggle dress which is available in about a squillion different colours, prints and variations (front splits, open backs, etc). For a fancy afternoon tea I wanted something floral and lady-like and this fit the bill perfectly. I added nude heels and a structured bag, then threw on the statement necklace just to keep an element of fun.

Once I had finished taking selfies, I met up with my Aunty and the two of us caught the train from Doncaster to London. (Pretty soon after we had set off, we realised that we were in fact on the wrong train, and would have to pay for new tickets, but let's just pretend that didn't happen.) We met Steph and my Mum in London and took a taxi to the Ritz. I'd never actually been inside it before, so I couldn't wait to see what it looked like.

I wasn't disappointed. The interior is just how you might imagine a royal palace to have looked about 100 years ago, opulence and grandeur around every corner.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

#OOTD featuring blue floral Asos wiggle dress

Our tickets had instructed us to arrive early, and after a couple of minutes exploring our decadent surroundings, it was time to take our seats in the Palm Court, where tea would be served.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

We were so busy catching up, admiring the table settings and generally being over-excited that we totally forgot to look at the menu. The waiters, who were very friendly and kind to us throughout the whole afternoon, simply poured us some champagne and left us for a few more minutes to choose our tea.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

There were dozens of teas to choose from and they all sounded so mouth-watering that it was really hard to pick just one. In the end, most of us opted for the Ritz Royal English - mostly because of the name - while my Aunty chose Darjeeling First Flush, the "champagne of teas", according to the menu. Both proved to be excellent choices.

Tea arrived along with a plate of mouth-watering sandwiches and dainty cakes. I must confess, we all enjoyed the sandwiches a little too much. We had ham and mustard, egg, smoked salmon, chicken and cheese and pickle. All very classic flavours and beautifully done.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

As I said, we felt so happy sitting there sipping champagne, sipping tea and chatting about the wedding that we didn't quite realise how many of those tasty little sandwiches we were putting away. We even said yes when we were offered another plateful. As tiny as they look, they were surprisingly filling, and we were forgetting that there was so much more to come. We soon remembered when a waiter swept by and deposited a plate of scones on our table. There were other delights to be tasted and it was time to step away from the sandwiches.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Scones aren't usually my favourite thing, but served like this with jam and cream as part of an afternoon tea I find myself only too happy to indulge. These were freshly baked and delicious, and not too big, which I appreciated as I was beginning to wonder if we'd have any room left for cakes by this point! As dainty as everything is, we found the portions very generous. There were enough scones on our table for us to have two each - one plain and one with fruit, although in our case no one could manage a second.

Just when I was beginning to cast my beady eyes towards the pink macaroons and layered chocolate cake on the top tier of our tray, along came the waiters with yet more cakes which they sliced and served to us from a trolley. We were getting pretty full by this point, but we all felt that on such an occasion we really ought to say yes to everything. So we had some orange and lemon drizzle cake.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Well, it would have been rude not to.

And then, finally, it was time to sample the delights of the top tier.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Both the raspberry macaroon and the chocolate cake were delicious but sadly I only had room left for a forkful of each. I probably would have preferred these to the drizzle cake, but I guess this was one important life lesson I just had to learn the hard way!

The experience of afternoon tea at the Ritz was every bit as lovely as we'd imagined, and perfect for a genteel, relaxed alternative to a traditional hen party. It's incredibly popular and my sister had to book a few months in advance to make sure we got a table. While the couple of hours we spent there seemed to fly by, we never felt rushed in any way despite how busy it was. The atmosphere was lively but chilled and we were surrounded by the chatter of other diners and some pleasant, unobtrusive music from the piano. 

We paid £66 per person for the champagne afternoon tea and in my opinion it was well worth the price. (Without the champagne it's £50.) Would we go again? Definitely, though I think we would try somewhere else first. Claridges perhaps. That's next on our list!

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Is afternoon tea your thing and have you visited the Ritz?

Stay tuned for Hen Party #2, coming soon!

Kate x
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34 comments

  1. Wow. This place looks amazing.
    Lovin this party :)
    So classy and chic event :)

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    1. Thanks! It was certainly a great experience. x

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  2. Oh wow Kate, The Ritz definitely lives up to the hype! I thought I've been to some fancy places in London for afternoon tea but the Palm Court is absolutely stunning! I can imagine the piano music was lovely in the background. Yours photos turned out great, thanks for sharing them!

    Love your dress too and can't wait to hear about the Wedding!! Our Wedding is this weekend :D

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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    1. The fancy factor is very high, it has to be said! I wish you all the best for your wedding day - you must be so excited now! I'm sure it will all go wonderfully. x

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  3. I think it's so lovely to be able to spend time with family before really special occasions like weddings. It's nice to see that you guys decided to celebrate your hen party together. Oftentimes I get a bit embarrassed when I see hen parties gallivanting through Berlin totally drunk and loud so this seems like a classier alternative. Looks like a great event and I have to agree that for such a fancy occasion 66 pounds is quite okay. After all, it's not as if it's something you do every weekend, and sometimes even the act of spending a bit more on an event makes the event feel that much more special in a weird way. Congratulations to your sister!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Aw thanks so much! Yes I agree - well worth the price for a special occasion! x

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  4. Looks like so much fun!! Great way to celebrate upcoming nuptials with the bride. :)

    Erica
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    Erica
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  5. You look very pretty and classy. I haven't been in the Ritz but its near my work - I have walked past it many times.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thank you! Time to go in one day soon maybe?! x

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  6. Ah yes I loved afternoon tea here too! It was so delicious and the setting is amazing. I want to go to Claridges next too! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Lovely isn't it? I wonder if Claridges would be much different? x

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  7. Lovely photos! The food looks amazing, I'd love to go one day :) xx

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    1. You should! It was such a lovely experience. x

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  8. Looks like a fantastic event! I adore your look! An Asos midi dress isnt it?I have one in green too and I just cannot get over it!
    Xx,
    Nilu Yuleena
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    1. Yes it's the Asos wiggle dress - so lovely to wear! x

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  9. Lovely photos! Such a luxurious place :o

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  10. Kate, this afternoon tea at the Ritz looks amazing, I'm surprising my mum for an afternoon tea soon, and I can't wait after seeing your photos <3 I absolutely love your dress too, you look amazing!!!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  11. Great photos! The cakes look so yummy<3
    Btw, mind following each other? Let me know ;)

    Regards,
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  12. Lovely photographs! The interior looks so grand! And your dress was perfect for the occasion!

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  13. I haven't been to a proper afternoon tea but I would really love to! And going to the Ritz would of course be a great way to start.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  14. What a lovely afternoon and absolutely loving your dress and denim jacket combo, it gives such a gorgeous casual chic feel. And omg, the food looks amazing and I swear I am getting hungry by the minute!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  15. I love afternoon tea and having it in the Ritz looks absolutely amazing x

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  16. I love afternoon teas and this looks like a great choice for a hen do. Looks so luxurious.
    Your dress is perfect too :)

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  17. The Ritz looks amazing, so lush & luxurious, not to mention that the afternoon tea desserts look absolutely delicious. Congrats on your sister's big day and you're photos are not bad at all, you captured the place really well and I love your outfit x

    Beauty with charm

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  18. Oh you looked just beautiful! What a fun experience and great way to celebrate your sister. Congrats to her!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  19. Oh wow - this is so beautiful, such a gorgeous post and congratulations to your sister, that really is beautiful and must have been so lovely to see! :)

    Layla xx

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  20. amazing blog!!! you are so beautiful!!
    http://loryschannelmakeupandbeauty.blogspot.it/

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  21. What a beautiful wedding! I love your dress!

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  22. Very feminine dress. Absolutely divine photos!

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  23. Wow, amazing!

    xoxo
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  24. What a beautiful place! And that food, especially that macaron look delicious. I would have opted for that opposed to the lemon drizzle cake ;)
    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  25. You look great :)
    What a beautiful wedding ! <3


    Brzydki Ptak Blog

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