There are some things that every girl should do with her girlfriends, and afternoon tea is definitely one of them – with champagne, obviously. Today marked the thirtieth birthday of one of my favourite friends who, believe it or not, had never been out for afternoon tea before! Shock horror!
The Park Lane Hotel does a great Art Deco afternoon tea with sandwiches, champagne, tea, scones, pastries and cakes. Total over indulgence and worth every penny.
After an excessive amount of eating and drinking, we wandered over to the Victoria & Albert Museum for the exhibition on wedding dresses from 1775 – 2014. The range of dresses on display was incredible, from royal weddings in the 1800’s through to this dip-dye number for Gwen Stefani in 2011 and this purple Dita Von Teese gown. Unfortunately photography in the exhibition is banned so I can’t share my highlights, but I definitely recommend you visit next time you’re swanning around Knightsbridge.
As fibro-friendly activities go, the museum did okay. Or rather, the museum did great but I remained a bit foolish. The V&A has a range of services available to people with disabilities, including reduced entrance costs and access to wheelchairs as required. Although I didn’t use the chair, it was the first time I used my walking stick and the cafe provided the perfect respite.
The fashion-filled evening was followed by more bubbles in the V&A cafe, which is one of the most stunning buildings I’ve ever seen. I love it when you stumble across something like this, totally surprising and spectacular.
Birthday girl sharing birthday bubbles.
Outside the V&A was just as beautiful as the inside, and leaving around 9pm meant we caught the last of the evening light. I can’t believe I’ve reached the grand old age of 30 (almost) and never been to the V&A before. I will most certainly be back, hopefully following another gorgeous binge on cakes and scones.