I've got a couple of posts floating round in my head but thought this was a nice one to write while battling some nasty side effects of my new pain killers, so here we go.
Last week was my birthday (big 30 is next year, eek!) and I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do for it. I've been struggling energy wise with my air boot and crutches and wasn't really sure if I even wanted to do anything. Luckily I have good people around me to sort me out!
My friend Claire and I met up the week before, not specifically for my birthday but I'm counting it anyway. We went to Balans in Soho for drinks, and lunch and it was completely delicious. A really lovely place and everything was excellent. I would highly recommend! We then went on to the cinema, which I never really do but definitely need to start going to more. In all a lovely day with fabulous company.
My friend Pippa suggested we book up to do something. I am a huge afternoon tea fan and had been wanting to try this particular one for ages. The BB's bakery is located in Covent Garden but they also offer an amazing afternoon tea tour on a London bus! The idea is simple but brilliant, you are served afternoon tea on specialist converted Routemaster bus while being driven round London on a 90 minute tour.
It was a gorgeous sunny day which made it even nicer. We were picked up just off of Trafalgar Square and welcomed aboard the bus (how awesome is this bus?!)
The staff, Bastien and Jean-Philippe, were amazing, so friendly and on their game. As you know I am now gluten free as much as possible and this has been a bit disappointing on other teas so I was a bit worried. I needn't have been, I didn't feel in anyway left out in what I had, as soon as I boarded they confirmed I was gluten free and on being seated went through exactly what I could eat. I felt confident because they were so in control. It was also really easy to book online and choose your dietary requirements without it being a big deal. Excellent!
We were served tea, coffee or hot chocolate in travel mugs to avoid spills and began the tour taking in Big Ben, the London Eye, London parks, and lots of landmarks. The food was delicious, they offer to give you a doggy bag to take away at the end of the tour... But we are everything so it wasn't necessary! Nothing was too sweet or stodgy, the savouries were lovely really tasty, and the patisserie divine. We were also served scones with individual cream and jam about halfway through.
We were also give a bottle of orange juice and offered water too which was a nice touch. We ate on mismatched China plates but everything else was personalised with the BB's distinctive style which I enjoyed as it tied everything together.
I would highly recommend it as a treat and am definitely going to go and visit the bakery as well as book in for the special tour of the Christmas lights, literally all my Christmasses come at once!!!
I think I'll leave it there for today and tell you about my actual birthday in another blog.
Bye for now!