Brunching in London

Last weekend I had such a wonderful trip to London for my sisters hen do, something which has been in the planning for months on end, but was over in a blink of an eye. 

It wasn't your usual hen do, we wanted to create something sophisticated, but we still had to include the tat and games that comes with hen dos. 

To make the occasion extra special we booked a few treats which would not usually be on the agenda for a trip to London. First up was a visit to the One Aldwych to scoff our faces with their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea, a mix of sophistication with a menu that would give Heston Blumenthall  a run for his money. Oh and did I mention it has a seven month waiting list.

The food was mouthwatering delicious; dainty finger sandwiches using a fantastic play with flavours and textures reflecting Roald Dahls tale beautifully. I'm not a huge fan of egg mayonnaise sandwiches but their take on a classic presented on a miniature brioche bun was something else. 

However, the main event of the afternoon tea was hands down the cakes! Oh my, I was in my element. A fantastic mix of sweet, rich and savory flavours were perfect - basically it looked just too good to eat.

The golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango worked wonders, the smooth creamy vanilla filling along with the zest of the mango was a perfect compliment to the rich chocolate egg. 

All of this watered down with a Charlie and the Chocolate cocktail along with a number of fun and different flavoured teas. 

The next morning we took a stroll to Bukowski Grill in Soho, a completely different style to the hotel which hosted the afternoon tea. It had a very edgy, industrial interior but served the most delicious breakfast. I am not one to turn down a hotel breakfast but I have to admit that exploring such a beautiful city like London and finding hidden gems wins!! 

I have always wanted to try Eggs Benedict, and let me say it was very scrummy full of rich flavours complimented by the sour dough of the toast. 

It may only be August (and yes how fast is this year going?) but I have made myself a new resolution; I must be more adventurous and try new places rather than visiting chains, popular restaurants and places that I know I like and feel comfortable with. 

Alice xxx

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