I'll come back to that in a bit.
The day's dress: my white Darling Lace Skater dress from ASOS. Sunnies on. I'm ready for a summer's day.
Yesterday, Lou and I went for some afternoon tea at The Chesterfield Hotel in the middle of the millionaire's playground that is Mayfair.
The Butler's restaurant inside the hotel was very bright and floral. A little like sitting inside an un-air conditioned garden conservatory. Wow, it was warm in there!
This was afternoon tea with a twist. To celebrate the opening of the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical in the West End, this was Willy Wonka inspired afternoon tea.
There were the usual selection of homemade sandwiches with plain and chocolate chip scones (mmm, chocolate chip scones...I'm going to have to make these!). But with that came a popping candy raspberry juice and grenadine shot, an Oompa Loompa cupcake, a fizzy lifting lemon cake, a filled golden egg, a blueberry macaroon and a special Wonka Bar, prepared and packaged in their own kitchen.
My personal favourites were the scones (always my sweet of choice), the delicious chocolate egg and the cupcake. The Wonka dark chocolate infused tea was lovely too. We were able to ask for refills of any of the cakes and sandwiches if we wanted so I bagged an extra Wonka bar to take home to Alex.
At the end of our cake and champagne extravaganza, we were offered an Everlasting Gobstopper and were asked to pick a golden envelope from a hat.
We weren't allowed to open the envelope - it was for our next visit when we are to open it and find out whether we've won a glass of champagne, a magnum of champagne, a meal or a weekend away! A nice touch, I thought.
I have to show you Lou's red diamante nails - very glam!
If you read my STK post last week you might remember me saying that I tried and failed to get into Radio Bar on top of the ME Hotel. The sun was out then too and there was already a one-in-one-out queue outside at only 6.15pm! But I thought we'd give it another try - persistence often pays! This time it was 4.30pm so hopefully we'd get in before the after work drinkers.
There was no queue. We walked in through a 'Radio Bar' labelled side door, down a corridor and over to the lifts. The lift doors opened and there stood a confused looking lady who'd apparently been trying to get up to Radio Bar for the past ten minutes - but the lift kept returning back down to the ground!
We resolved that we needed a hotel card to get up there. So were only hotel guests allowed up there? Had management stopped people going up because it was full? After a couple of minutes of going up and down like gooseberries in a lift we managed to sweet talk a hotel worker to let us up there, insisting we'd been given the 'okay' by management. Why was this so difficult??
Eventually we arrived at the bar. I'm not exactly sure what had just happened - the bar wasn't exactly packed out - but if it's because they are trying to keep it exclusive, then I can kind of understand why.
It's bright and stylish with floor to ceiling windows and a large outside decking area with big comfy sofas. The hotel is situated in such a spot that there's an impressive panoramic view - you can see The Shard, The Oxo Tower, the Millennium Wheel and Big Ben. The sun was shining and it was really quite lovely.
Unsurprisingly, there were no available seats outside; they were all taken by rich looking men in suits sipping champagne. So we decided to move to a table inside but with the huge opened patio doors and windows, it still felt like you were making the most of the weather.
And anything the bankers can do....
The service left a little to be desired. Although the bar staff were efficient, the waitresses, not so much. We waited a good twenty-five minutes for two cocktails only to be told they'd been sitting on the side of the bar for five minutes!
The 'Top of the ME' watermelon cocktail was delicious.
We stayed at Radio until the sun set.
It was a really beautiful sunny day of cakes, champagne and chat.
Let's hope this weather is here to stay a while!