6 June 2013

Charlie & The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea and Radio Bar


Caroline                  Lou
London is like a different place when the sun comes out. We become confused about what this round warm yellow thing in the sky is. Then suddenly more people are smiling, eating al fresco and phoning into work 'sick' (I never did that...honest). You're spoilt for a choice of parks in central London and they are full of sunbathers and picnickers by midday. However, if you don't want to be stood with two hundred other people outside a pub next to a main road, you are a little limited for nice places to enjoy the sun and have a drink.

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!

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20 comments:

  1. I had such a fabulous day Caroline !! I look forward to our next girly day outing ;) xxx

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    1. It was so much fun :) Where to go next.....
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  2. Hi Caroline,
    I just wanted to say your blog is my new favourite. Your photos are so gorgeous (what camera do you use?) and I'd really hope my life can be like this in 5 years time (once I've got the boring city-job bit out of the way!) I think your blog will be hugely popular!
    Anyway enough rambling now just wanted to leave a little message to say how much I've enjoyed reading your posts so far!
    Cate-Elise x

    The perks of being a hipster

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    1. What a lovely thing to say, thank you so much. I really appreciate the feedback and I hope you continue to enjoy reading! I used to work in the city too, for 12 years, so I know what you mean ;)

      I use a Panasonic Lumix GF5 with a 25mm lens (I got the lens separately) The sunshine really helps to get nice photos!

      Cx

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  3. lovely cocktails - shame you had to wait !
    We had some fab cocktails last week at The Richmond in Glasgow - a violet flavoured one and various others !
    love the Wonka afternoon tea !

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    1. Sounds lovely! I do love a cocktails! I really liked Glasgow when I visited, the locals were the friendliest people.
      Cx

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  4. what wonderful places! I want to go too T.T

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    1. They are lovely venues. You should visit!
      Cx

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  5. Charlie and the chocolate factory was one of my favourite movies as a little girl, so that tea sounds perfect! such a lovely time =) glad you made it to radio bar!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

    Xx

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    1. I used to watch it when I was a kid too but I think it used to scare me a bit (although not as much as The Wizard Of Oz!).
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  6. You look great! Would you mind telling me where your amazing heels are from? They'd be perfect for my ball! xxx

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    1. Hi Lottie! Thank you! Yes they are French Connection but there's only one size left on the website...I hope you're a size 8 like me!

      http://www.frenchconnection.com/product/Woman+Collections+Shoes/SFAC9/Nina+Heeled+Sandals.htm

      Cx

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  7. You looked lovely, the white dress is perfect for a sunny day! I haven't had a proper tea in forever, it looks like you guys had a great time :-)

    sillymedley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I actually bought the dress for Glastonbury but I thought I'd give it an outing a bit early ;)
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  8. Wow, that afternoon tea looks amazing!


    Lucy x

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  9. What a stunning view!! When the sun shines in London, you need to head high! I love a good roof top!

    Great piccies of the cakes and other yummy goodness too. A Willy Wonka tea party is the dream!

    x

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    1. Yes the view is pretty special - definitely worth a visit! Especially if you like a roof top!
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  10. Very jealous of your day out! How do you stay so slim haha.
    I went to the radio bar a few weeks ago and the service was rubbish, they were super busy but that's no excuse. Didn't stay for the sunset but it looks so beautiful I must give it another go :)

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    1. It wasn't just us getting bad service then! It's such a shame when venues with such potential let themselves down by hiring bad staff (or not training them properly). It's kind of worth it for the decking area though... :)
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