When making my list Claridges was one of the first ones I thought of doing as firstly I love afternoon tea and secondly I love any occasion to get dressed up and have a girly day. And when I told people about my list the group of gorgeous girls who I met through having breast cancer decided it was one of the activities they would love to do with me. These are Oa, Claire, Lorna and Becky.
Then I was contacted by Amanda and Nick, the founders of The Rachel Lane Fund and siblings of the late Rachel Lane who sadly passed away in 2012 from breast cancer at only 27. They wanted to help me complete one of my tasks and suggested sending me to the afternoon tea. Knowing the girls had also gone through primary breast cancer also and have helped me deal with my secondary diagnoses by being the most amazing support they agreed to send us all together for a girls day out.
A date was sorted months ago and left us with something amazing to look forward and something which we were could get very excited about.
Coming up to the 6th July we had many discussions about the day however although we had agreed we would get dressed up we certainly hasn’t mentioned what sort so when we all arrived at Norwich Train station in floral dresses we look like we had properly planned our outfits.
Not only did we have train tickets, we had been treated to first class which was a fabulous way to travel. I took some champers with me to open on route which started the day off well.
We arrived in London a couple of hours earlier than our afternoon tea time so we popped into Selfridges to have a look around at all the unaffordable things and enjoyed a few tasters of the chocolates in the food hall.
Then onto Claridges and of course we had to have some photos outside the entrance before we went in. Inside it is gorgeous. As it was also Wimbledon time all the flower displays were purple, white and green with some huge hydrangeas (my favourite) which were so beautiful and made a huge impact in the entrance lobby. We were greated by one of the friendly staff and shown to our table which was in a great spot. Perfect for people watching and to see the amazing centre display of flowers.
Our waitress and all the other staff were lovely. They couldn’t have done more for us. We had a cold glass of champagne to begin with whilst we waited for our sandwiches and enjoyed the soft music which serenaded us all afternoon.
The sandwiches were amazing. The chicken ones were a huge favourite but all were such yummy flavours. Second course was strawberries and cream (you must see the video to see how amazing this was), then we had scones with cream and jam, and finally some yummy cakes and pastries. So much food but all so yummy. The tea choice was also huge too so plenty to try. We were there over 3.5 hours and felt so relaxed the whole time. Such a perfect day.
Myself and Oa even managed to get a tour of the ball rooms, restaurants and even the in-house florist after going on a little explore and getting chatting to one of the staff. After he learnt the reason behind our visit to Claridges he also arranged for me to be given a bouquet of flowers from their florist which was such a lovely touch and made me feel very special. And as we were about to leave we were all presented with a box of handmade chocolates to take home with us. Again a lovely touch which we were not not expecting.
All in all it was the most wonderful day with wonderful friends and we all had the biggest smiles on our faces all the way home.
I have included a video of our day here – Claridges.
Huge thank you to the Rachel Lane Fund for making it happen and thank you to Oa, Claire, Becky and Lorna for coming with me. Xx