Afternoon tea at Harrods, London

I recently visited London for my friend's birthday and as part of the day, we went to Harrods for afternoon tea. We chose the Georgian Afternoon Tea which is served in the Georgian restaurant (surprisingly!) on the fourth floor of Harrods; a really grand spacious room with a piano player and decorated in a traditional way which makes it feel really British! 

There is a dress code - it's nothing too strict, we wore nice dresses as we were going into the city for shopping and cocktails later on but as long as you're dressed nicely and not in fancy dress you'll be able to enjoy dining in the restaurant with no questions asked!

The service was great - our waiter was really attentive and checked what we wanted before bringing out the first stands of food. He talked us through everything we were offered and answered any questions - as you can see the desserts were really delicately made so it was good to know what flavour each of them were!

Afternoon tea in London Harrods

The portions are really generous - we were asked a few times if we wanted more sandwiches or cakes but they're surprisingly filling! Unlike some restaurants you're able to take them home if you have any left so this makes it good value for money and you can bring a taste of Harrods home!

The dessert selection was lovely and each one was really unique in flavour, as well as looking great too! I took my time to enjoy each one and I eventually decided that the little mille-feuille was my favourite (on the far left of the above photo). Harrods regularly change the selection so i'd love to go back again to try more! My only criticism here would be the lack of chocolate! 

Afternoon tea in London Harrods

I really enjoyed the quiche in the savoury selection and the sandwiches were all flavours I liked too. We were offered more but wanted to save room for dessert! If you have any dietary requirements Harrods are really good at catering for this - they made sure my friend who has a fish allergy was able to choose an alternative which was no trouble.

Afternoon tea in London Harrods

The scones are served warm with plenty of clotted cream and a choice of strawberry jam, rose petal jelly or lemon curd - I loved the option of different jams which made a nice change from a traditional afternoon tea. To finish there's a little Harrods trifle served in a glass jar which I somehow managed to finish too! 

Overall I loved having afternoon tea at Harrods - at almost £50 (including a service charge) it was definitely a treat but I loved the atmosphere and the great selection of food on offer. If you're looking for luxury afternoon tea while exploring London, this would be a great choice with the opportunity to have a look around Harrods which isn't to be missed!

If you enjoyed this post, why not read my review of Afternoon Tea at Betty's Tea Rooms in York?

A few recent favourites

Soap and Glory skincare

Soap & Glory skincare
I thought i'd start with skincare as that's how this blog started and i've missed talking about my beauty favourites! I discovered both of these products in the Boots Soap & Glory Christmas gift that they do every year but never expected to end up repurchasing them. The cleansing milk is really gentle on my skin and I love that I can remove my mascara without it hurting me eyes. 

I'm always cautious about using new moisturisers as my skin is quite sensitive but the speed plump moisturiser is perfect. It's so hydrating, smells amazing and is a great base for makeup and hiding my dry skin. Although it's quite pricey at £13 it does last a long time and is worth the money especially when there are 3 for 2 offers on at Boots!

Primark sunglasses
As someone who wear glasses every day I find it really hard to find sunglasses that I like that are in my prescription. I was recently browsing Primark and spotted these cat eye sunglasses which are my favourite shape! At £3 I decided i'd wear them around the pool on holiday as I was so happy i'd found some in a style that suited me and I knew I wouldn't need to see things far away. I'm hoping to find some in the same kind of shape that I can get in my prescription, I just wish they cost the same as Primark!

Primark sunglasses, ASOS silver rings, Cluse watch

ASOS rings
A few months ago I started wearing rings more regularly and now I feel really bare if I don't wear them! I used to buy lots of cheap ones from Primark but I was always annoyed when my favourites went green or coppery and they never lasted long! I now buy my rings from the ASOS sterling silver collection which is a really affordable range with lots of designs and sizes that actually keep their colour!

Cluse watch
I've been thinking about getting an Apple watch for a while but the cost really puts me off and all I really want it for is to get competitive about how many steps i'm doing every day! Browns have created a clever little infographic tracing timepiece trends throughout the ages and I actually think I prefer a more traditional style watch, like the grey Cluse watch* which i've been loving recently. I use my phone a lot to check the time but at work if I don't have any pockets then a watch is a must-have or i'd be late for everything!

The Food Medic Hazel Wallace book

The Food Medic book
There are so many health and fitness books out there that it can be really hard to know whether they're full of useful information or 'just another fitness blogger book deal'. Hazel's book is one i'd recommend for its simple recipes and it's great if you want to learn a bit more about nutrition without being overwhelmed with scientific words! When i'm trying to be a bit healthier or lose some weight i've found it really useful to understand more about why I need certain foods in my diet and what they mean for my health which equally motivates me to try a bit harder! Out of all the fitness blogger books i've read this one stands out as a book i'll be going back to again and again.

A city break to Dublin

When I booked for us to go for a long weekend in Dublin earlier this year I knew we'd need to plan lots to do to make the most of the three days we spent there. I tried not to focus on doing too many touristy things and instead picked out a handful to give us lots of time to just explore the city for ourselves.

I thought i'd share a few of the best things we did along with some travel tips for Dublin, just in case you're looking for places to go for a long weekend!

Visit Temple Bar. No trip to Dublin is complete without a trip to the iconic Temple Bar pub. I'd recommend visiting during a weekday when it's a bit quieter; we went just before lunch and managed to get served quickly and find a seat at the bar. At night the atmosphere in the streets around Temple Bar can be a bit crazy but it's definitely worth walking through, just for the experience!

Temple Bar, Dublin

Stay at the Ashling Hotel. I mainly used TripAdvisor to find the best hotel in Dublin for our price range as good reviews are so important. The Ashling Hotel is a little out of the city which makes it really good value and it was in the perfect location a few minutes away from Heuston station for both trams around the city and the bus to and from the airport. I can't fault the service and even though we got an early flight and arrived at 10am our room was ready when we got there! The breakfast is also great and the staff are really helpful so it's a great place to stay.

Ashling Hotel, Dublin

Buy a Leap card. A Leap card is a must if you want to skip walking everywhere and use the trams around Dublin. We bought the 72 hour one which also included the bus back to the airport. It ended up being great value, especially thanks to the convenient location of our hotel and we didn't have to worry about spending anything else on taxis or buses. You can pick one up from the official Tourist information centre on O'Connell street and there are lots of price options depending on the length of your stay.

Leap visitor card, Dublin

Visit the Guinness Storehouse. No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to St James's Gate where Guinness is made. My boyfriend loves Guinness so I bought this as part of his Christmas present and he wasn't disappointed. It's a great place to spend a morning and there's lots to see - the gift shop is huge and there's definitely a souvenir for everyone! I'd recommend buying your tickets through TripAdvisor so that you can queue jump as it does get busy on a weekend and means you can make the most of your time in Dublin. 

Guinness Storehouse, DublinTiny pint of beer, Guinness Storehouse Dublin

Explore the city centre. There is a huge mix of shops, and Henry Street has lots of choice if you're planning to go shopping in Dublin. I really enjoyed exploring the side streets where there are some great independent shops - we loved the Irish Design Shop which is on Drury Street in the creative quarter and has some amazing homeware! 

Shopping in Dublin - Henry Street

Walk around St Steven's Green. We were lucky with the weather and managed to fit in a walk around St Steven's Green before we flew back to England. It's close to the city centre and is a great place to sit and enjoy an ice cream after you've been shopping!

St Steven's Green Dublin

Don't forget to have a read of my earlier post if you're looking for restaurants or places to eat in Dublin!