We organised a surprise stylish and sophisticated ‘hen-party’ for another J yesterday. I figured I could include one of the images today, as the day didn’t actually finished until the wee small hours of today, when we called upon our chariots, or Uber, to whisk us home.
Our first port of call was the Mandarin Oriental for afternoon tea. Each table had a golden metal tree from which our cage of sandwiches and cakes, desserts and pastries could be hung. The plates had beautiful hand-painted birds on them and knowing someone who loves birds, I return later to score one as a souvenir of the day for another J. Amazingly, the hen party was civilised enough for no porcelain to be damaged during our various travels around the west end.
In between the waves of sweet treats we had just warm-from-the-oven scones with cream and preserves. We then had a quick vote and decided quickly which would be our top recommendations from the sweet section. And the winners were the ooh so darkly fruity cassis macaroon and the delicate meringue nest filled with an unctuous mixed berry mousse studded with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and scattered with flowers. They Rosebery Room waiting staff were kind enough to replenish these until we were fit to burst. Also a take home bag was prepared for us, but I suspected the nests would not travel well, they didn’t!