I love afternoon tea.
That said, I don’t get to have it that often as it is a fairly pricey treat, and I often tend to spend my pounds on something where I get a bit more for my money. But, of course, I will always make an exception for a special occasion…
This time the special occasion was my friend’s hen party, and so last Saturday afternoon I headed towards the Victoria Coach Station to board the red vintage doubledecker bus that would take us around all the big London sights, with simultaneously serving us delicious cakes & other treats.
The bus was absolutely lovely inside, with tables full of vintage crockery and SO MUCH FOOD. The top tier was reserved for sweet things – chocolate cupcakes, lemon curd pastries and other little colourful treats. The second tier was the savoury one with lots of different options and quite a few of them vegetarian as well. I devoured almost all of the cucumber sandwiches (whoops!) and very much enjoyed the mini baguette with tomato, pesto & cheese too.
I was boring and chose water as my drink instead of tea, as I was slightly worried about motion sickness (I needn’t have been – the driver was very good and it wasn’t a bumpy ride at all!), so really just wanted something refreshing. Other people went for teas and coffees, but you could also choose a homemade lemonade (I gave it taste and it was very refreshing!) which would be a nice option if you don’t like hot drinks but a water feels too boring an option too. You will be also be able to bring your own wine/prosecco to drink for a corkage fee of £5 per bottle.
After you’ve had some time to enjoy the sandwiches and pastries on both tiers, there’s still one final treat to save space for. Everyone gets a little (warm!) scone towards the end of the journey, with a tiny pot of cream and strawberry jam each. After we were served ours, I got to witness the most English of debates ever – which goes first, cream or jam? Which team are you in? As a Finn I’m not that fussed, but putting cream first does seem less messy to me *hides away*…
The bus’s route is the perfect for playing tourist. It goes past all the most important London sights: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, amongst so many others. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as smug as I did when we were driving through Oxford Street, feeling safe in the knowledge that I didn’t have to worry about the crowds and was instead sitting down in the cutest vintage doubledecker sipping sparkling wine, not in a hurry to get anywhere… A perfect moment, if you ask me!
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