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One Aldwych Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

One of our favourite childhood films incorporated into afternoon tea equals our favourite meal of the day!

Who doesn’t love afternoon tea with a twist, right?!

At One Aldwych in London’s Covent Garden they have created a scrumdiddlytmptious afternoon tea inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and guess what, you don’t need a golden ticket to get in! No detail is too small, you can expect decadent golden eggs, blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss on the menu, just the way Willy Wonka would have liked it. You will be sure to be transported back to your 10 year old self; however we must include the disclaimer that we cannot guarantee that you won’t come out looking and feeling like Augustus Gloop!!

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

From the moment you walk in staff are attentive and lead you to your table. The actual setting for this spectacular afternoon tea is the stunning Indigo restaurant located on the first floor. As our waitress (no umpa lumpas in sight!!) led us to our table I investigated every corner but I couldn’t find a chocolate river and although I was tempted to lick the wallpaper I figured this might embarrass my boyfriend a little bit too much!!

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Once seated we curiously watched as others received their afternoon treats, whilst sipping on some chocolate tea (yes, there is such a thing as chocolate tea and let me tell you it is absolutely delicious!) The Charlie and the Chocolate factory afternoon tea feature many flavours of tea, both weird and wonderful – our favourites were the mango and the peppermint. Finally it was our turn!! The playful menu started with a selection of finger sandwiches, which included cucumber and smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise with watercress and Coronation chicken. Further savoury options included vegetable Wellington and leek, walnut and Montgomery cheddar quiche. The storybook adventure really began for us when the sweet treats were presented. First up a golden egg filled with vanilla cheesecake, then lemon and white chocolate cake pops. The fun didn’t stop there, next there was Eton mess, homemade candyfloss, blueberry brioche and to finish warm scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and berry jam!  Once finished I felt like Violet Beauregarde when she turned into a giant blueberry, and was convinced that I was going to need to be rolled out of One Aldwych (thankfully that was not the case!!)

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

All in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon and I would highly recommend it for both adults and children alike. If you would like to be transported into the One Aldwych Chocolate Factory then you can find out more information on their website here. The Charlie and Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is served daily and each sitting is 2 hours long.  A gluten free, vegan and vegetarian menu is also available – just let the staff know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements.  Let us know in the comments below if you are booking to go or have been before and if there are any other afternoon teas that you would recommend. We love trying new places!!

Until next time,

Rebecca x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get travel ready with Wisteria London

GOT A HOLIDAY PLANNED? THEN YOU NEED OUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL ACCESSORIES!

It’s all about the next adventure at Wisteria London HQ and with spring in the air (although that could be debatable!) many of us are craving a much needed holiday.  Whether it’s a European city break, a month jet setting around the world, or perhaps business travel you need to look the part. Here are a few of our must have travel accessories that will help you escape in style!

Organisation is Key

Organisation is the key to a relaxing journey! Why carry everything separately when you can have all your travel essentials in one convenient place? Our Alice Scott ‘Out of Office’ travel wallet is the ultimate must have for any avid traveller. This luxury, textured, leatherette travel wallet will store all your travel documents and currency in one convenient place. The pink and green banana leaf print exterior, features the words “OUT OF OFFICE”, in embossed gold detailing. Inside you will find labelled, tabbed compartments, for easy access to tickets, boarding cards, passport and currency, with a zipped compartment for change and smaller items. We don’t know about you but we are off to book a holiday!

 

Alice Scott Travel Accessories - Travel Document Wallet, Travel Document Holder and Passport Holder. The must have travel accessory. This handy travel wallet will store your passport, boarding card, currency, tickets and any spare change you may have. Adrned in a beautiful pink and banana leaf print the front of the travel wallet feautures the words 'Out of Office' in gold foil detailingAlice Scott Travel Accessories - Travel Document Wallet, Travel Document Holder and Passport Holder. The must have travel accessory. This handy travel wallet will store your passport, boarding card, currency, tickets and any spare change you may have. Adrned in a beautiful pink and banana leaf print the front of the travel wallet feautures the words 'Out of Office' in gold foil detailing

We have got you covered

Our Alice Scott Passport Cover and Luggage Tag gift set is perfect for the girl who loves to travel. The stylish design (which also matches the travel wallet) comes beautifully gift boxed ready to gift or for yourself. The leatherette luggage tag will be easy to spot, ensuring that you grab your suitcase and start your vacay stat! Buy the accessories, book the holiday, what are you waiting for?

Alice Scott Travel Accessories - Passport and Luggage Tag Gift Set, perfect for the girl who loves to travel. Adorned in a pink and banana leaf design with gold foil letter detail.Alice Scott Travel Accessories - Passport CoverAlice Scott Travel Accessories - Luggage Tag. Adorned with a pink and banana leaf design it features the word 'Luggage' in gld foil detailing. The luggage tag also has a buckle detail used to attach to your suitcase

Travel Essentials

Protect your makeup essentials with our small and large cosmetic bags. Our Alice Scott ‘Not Just a Pretty Face’ makeup bag is compact in design. Its size and simplicity mean that it’s perfect for your cabin bag or check in luggage. An ideal carry case for makeup or easily lost items such as  contact lenses, headphones and earplugs, keeping them neatly tidied away.

Alice Scott Travel Accessories - Black Makeup Bag featuring gold lettering detail with the quote 'Not Just a Pretty Face.' It has a stylish humbug stripe lining, is made from PU and has a zip fastening.

Treat your makeup/toiletries with love and give them a stylish home with our eye catching large tropical printed pouch from Alice Scott, perfect for keeping your toiletries in check.

Alice Scott Travel Accessories - Large Makeup Bag featuring a fun tropical inspired print with palm trees and parrots. It has a stylish humbug stripe lining and zip fastening. Material is PU.

Both bags are the ideal size for a weekend away or holiday in the sun!

Carry On

The Wisteria London Mayfair and Kensington handbags are the perfect classic totes and are the perfect handbag to carry on your journey. They are finished with gold and silver hardware and both featuring zip closures, so you can rest assure that your precious items will always be secure and you will 100% look the part!

Travel Accessories - Wisteria London Mayfair Handbag

Travel Accessories - Wisteria London Kensington Tote Bag

Travel Accessories - Wisteria London Grey Kensington Handbag

HAPPY TRAVELS!

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London on a Budget

Free things to do in London - Views from the Sky Garden overlooking the city and Tower Bridge

BECAUSE THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE!

Easter is just around the corner so why not plan a jam packed weekend in the city without splashing the cash? For those of you who want to explore the city on a budget, Wisteria London has compiled a guide to the best free things to do in the city over the bank holiday weekend. Yes you heard us right FREE!

London can be super expensive. I for one have been known to spend £20 on a burger before, which was anything more than average! I know (insert gasping emoji), but it’s true; some places in London can set you back a pretty penny. However, look in the right places and you will find that there’s also a lot of fun to be had for absolutely nada!

So let’s get started, below is our guide on doing ‘London on a Budget.’

MUSEUMS

We are so lucky to have so many museums on our doorstep, but did you know that admission into some of them is absolutely free? I will note that some of them do ask for a small donation that will help to maintain the museum but this donation is entirely voluntary.

V&A Museum

First up is the V&A, the world’s largest museum of art and design that houses 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity (WOW!) Spend your morning exploring the endless corridors of amazing exhibitions that the V&A have to offer, and whilst there be sure to check out the amazing tearooms, you will want to get that photo for the gram!

Free things to do in London - Inside the V&A

Free things to do in London - Inside the V&A

Free things to do in London - Inside the V&A

Natural History Museum

This is probably my favourite museum to visit, and is a great one if you have kids. From dinosaurs to mammals explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth! Take a journey through their spectacular Earth sculpture, experience their famous earthquake simulator, stand under the 25.2 metre blue whale skeleton and do it all for free! From the moment you step inside, your inner child will be released and you will never want to leave, a fab way to spend your afternoon in the city!

Free things to do in London - Inside the Natiral History Musuem with the 25.2 blue whale

Free things to do in London - Inside the Natiral History Musuem with the 25.2 blue whale

Free things to do in London - Inside the Natural History Museum - the giant Earth sculpture

VIEWS OF LONDON

Sky Garden

Want free uninterrupted views of the city? Then look no further than the Sky Garden, located within the Walkie Talkie building on Fenchurch Street, right in the heart of the city. Whiz your way up to the 35th floor where you will be transported to a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree views across the city of London. Spend time wandering around the landscaped garden, observation decks and open air terrace, and be sure to get that insta-worthy photo of one of London’s many famous landmarks. This is one definitely not to be missed and although it is free and walk ins are accepted I would highly recommend that you book tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased on the Sky Garden website and are usually released on a Monday for the following week, and you will be able to choose the day and time of your visit. Why not book two visits and see London in all its glory both day and night!

Free things to do in London - Sky Garden - wander round the landscaped gardens

Free Things to do in London - View from the Sky Garden overloking the city and the Shard

Free things to do in London - View of London Bridge from the Sky Garden

Free things to do in London - Sky Garden - bar in Sky Garden

Free things to do in London - Sky Garden - enjoy a drink while you take in the views from above

Discover London on Foot

Be truly British and discover some of London’s most iconic landmarks on foot. Walking is a great way to discover the real London, as well as getting in some much needed exercise! Head to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards, or go see the beautiful sights of Covent Garden. Head down to the embankment to get views of the London Eye or walk towards London Bridge to get some of the best views of the city! Don’t forget to keep looking up as you might miss something along the way!

Free things to do in London - Take a walk to Horse Guards Parade

Free things to do in London - take a walk down to the Embankment to see views of the London Eye

Free things to do in London - Take a walk to Tower Bridge and tak in the amazing views of the city

MARKETS

Borough Market

Why not wander around some of London’s favourite and oldest markets. Start off with Borough Market the foodies favourite and probably one of the busiest markets you will come across in London. Here you will find lots of gourmet goodies along with fresh loaves, rare breed meats, fruit and veg and lots of yummy cakes. Be sure to take advantage of the numerous free samples on offer too!

Portobello Road Market

Next stop Portobello Road Market an antique collectors dream! Several markets rolled into one (Saturdays being the day when all are in full swing) visitors flock from all over the world to discover one of London’s best loved treasures.  Unfortunately the market is closed on Bank holidays but does open on Good Friday.

Spitalfields Market

Something for the whole family, Spitalfields market is set in the heart of one of the most popular, diverse and historic neighbourhoods in London. With Shoreditch and Hoxton only a short walk away you can discover the amazing works of Banksy and Roa which change on a weekly basis.

Whilst these are our favourite places to visit for free in London there are many other exhibitions and galleries which do not charge admission. Let us know in the comments below if you have visited any of our top picks and what you thought of them, or let us know any of your recommendations. We too love discovering new places!

Until next time,

Rebecca x

 

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