Sep 14

Sunday's Refreshment

by in 2009 Tour, church, London, tea

mettabWe had a very leisurely Sunday, enjoying a late-ish breakfast before 18 of us attended the 11 o’clock service at the Metropolitan Tabernacle (home to the famous 19th-century “prince of preachers,” Charles Spurgeon). We were able to meet our dear friends who live in Dulwich and meet others we’d hoped to say “hello” to while in London, which was lovely. We had a light lunch, then I took a nap before we met up with several other ladies to go to the Royal Academy of Arts, which had a special exhibit of Pre-Raphaelite artist William Waterhouse’s paintings on display only through Sunday. Unfortunately, we arrived to find a two-hour line to wait for tickets!  We debated the merits of having one person stand in line to wait for tickets but finally decided we just wouldn’t have time enough to tour the exhibit.

The windows are painted F&M's signature robin's egg blue, which is also used for their boxes and bags and exclusive items.

The windows are painted F&M's signature robin's egg blue, which is also used for their boxes and bags and exclusive items.

We thought about heading back uphill towards the National Portrait Gallery, but the call of Fortnum & Mason just across the street lured us in for tea time and delighted browsing. If you’ve never heard of the famous F&M, then you are really missing one of London’s high points. This is the most elegant, refined department store around, complete with richly detailed wood paneling, crystal chandeliers, mirrored elevators, and seven theme restaurants. Not to be missed!

This is the confectionary hall, which is wall-to-wall sweets, teas, and coffees!

This is the confectionary hall, which is wall-to-wall sweets, teas, and coffees!

We made our way upstairs to The Parlor, which serves ice cream, coffee, and afternoon tea. Here is a selection of tempting photographs to show you what various members of our group enjoyed!

Two scones, clotted cream, strawberry preserves, and Darjeeling - yummy!

Two scones, clotted cream, strawberry preserves, and Darjeeling - yummy!

Three scoops of sorbet in a cut-glass bowl with a biscuit on top!

Three scoops of sorbet in a cut-glass bowl with a biscuit on top!

Mochacinno with whipped cream and toffee sauce with a miniature ice cream cone on the side. Decadence!

Mochacinno with whipped cream and toffee sauce with a miniature ice cream cone on the side. Decadence!

Enjoying good conversation at our table...

Enjoying good conversation at our table...

And someone captures our photographer for the memory book...

And someone captures our photographer for the memory book...

toepartyAfter a wonderfully refreshing time of conversation and good teatime food, we all browsed through the bookstore on the third floor (picking up more than a few wonderful books and stationery items!). Then we headed up to Piccadilly Circus to catch our tube back to the hotel. After a light supper, a bunch of us gals capped off the evening with a pedicure party–too much fun! Here you see Courtney giving me glamorous, glittery toenails (I call them my “Ruby Slipper” toenails!). We talked about what costumes we plan to wear Wednesday for our day in Greenwich, and several ladies shows theirs off. It was a great ending to a super day. Next time I’ll tell you about our Monday with Suzi at the V&A!

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7 Responses to “Sunday's Refreshment”

  1. From Carolyn Young:

    Order one of those mochachinnos for me, if you please! Thanks for the delightful pictures!

    Posted on September 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm #
    • From admin:

      LOL, Carolyn! Would you believe that was Cassie’s treat Lindsay photographed? Like mother, like daughter? ;)

      Posted on September 15, 2009 at 2:48 am #
  2. From AnnaMae Ouimet:

    oooo your afternoon tea looks divine!!! I wish more places served like that. Looks like yet again another wonderful day. :)

    Posted on September 14, 2009 at 6:57 pm #
  3. From Nathania:

    Glad you had another great day! Your tea time looks like a lot of fun and the food so delicious! Thanks for sharing the pictures :D

    Posted on September 14, 2009 at 8:08 pm #
  4. From MrsSWM:

    My, what a prefectly lovely day! (And what scrumptious treats) I’m enjoying your trip right along with you. :-)

    Posted on September 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm #
  5. From Deanna:

    If I ever make it to England Fortnum and Mason will be on my must see list!

    Posted on September 15, 2009 at 11:07 am #
  6. From Carolyn Young:

    I believe it! I thought that was her dress in the background!

    Posted on September 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

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