The Shard Afternoon Tea – A Day Out Review

As an early birthday surprise for my Mum, my Dad and I booked an afternoon tea experience at The Shard. My brother and I had previously been for afternoon tea with our grandparents, but it was my parents first ever time going, and so it was a very exciting experience for all of us – especially considering this was the first time in over a year we’d been to London (due to lockdown). The weather was gorgeous, the views were stunning, and it was overall simply a lovely day.

OOTD: Simplistic, but somewhat sophisticated, from BOOHOO.

We set off in the morning by train (yet another refreshing experience), and went on a long walk around Carnaby Street, perusing Hamley’s, the Disney Store and so many more! After this, we were all pretty tired, but ready and raring for our afternoon tea.

My inner Star Wars fan FREAKING OUT over this and the whole D350 range on the first floor of the Disney Store.

After a few hours, we hopped on the tube and had a walk around Borough Market – probably not the best idea when I’m hungry!!


Then it was time for our afternoon tea.

We got our bags checked and went through the metal detector, and then we were put in the lift! We were on floor 31, and it went up so incredibly fast, it made gravity slightly distorted afterwards, but it felt like a theme park ride of sorts so I wasn’t one to complain.

The view from where we were sat…😍

We settled ourselves down, the waiter formally introduced himself – which was the most extra but brilliant thing I’ve ever witnessed.

The whole tea was Peter Pan themed and the amount of thought which was put into the meal was honestly extraordinary.

‘Never Grow Up Punch’

This drink was so gorgeously fruity without being overpoweringly sickly sweet. I loved all of this, even the colour – it’s such a divine pink and I was in love. It accompanied the food perfectly also.

As aforementioned, this meal was all Peter Pan Themed, and not one bit disappointed! Above, you can even see that the plates payed homage to the books. The part which really took my breath away though were the food stands. They came in these gorgeous pirate ships, which did something very special… [I’m not going to spoil it for you though, in case you wish to go yourself☺️]

I’m going to go through each thing I had to eat and give you my honest opinion on each. Please bear in mind my tastes are most likely quite different from yours, and so everything I say should be taken as word from a fussy 16 year old.

The pirate ship it all came on ❤

Baked Pig – it was a sausage roll. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of sausage rolls, but this one was actually super yummy! The pastry was perfectly crispy and light and the sausage was perfect – not too heavy which was pleasant as I didn’t feel like I was having a massive meal

An Enormous Mushroom Chimney – You don’t understand how confused I was when I got this chimney and there was no mushrooms at all! But, anyway, I never knew bread could taste this good! Now I am a massive fan of bread, but this was so light and fluffy, but somehow full of flavour, honestly a complete 10/10

Codfish” Captain Hook – Yet again, I’m not the biggest fan of fish. But, this fish was so yummy! I swear, I do not know how they made me enjoy this so much, but it was very impressive and tasty. Plus, the fact it had the captain’s hook at the top was such an adorable feature I loved

The Lost Boys – If you haven’t already worked it out, I’m not the biggest fan of meat. But this sandwich had bacon and chicken in it, but it was so lovely. The bread was so fluffy and it complimented the sandwich extremely well and I couldn’t help but feel I deserved another!

Little Bird – Truth be told, I don’t know just how comfortable I felt about the fact they called the egg sandwich ‘little bird’, but that may just be me. I do not like egg mayo, so I feel I’m not going to say this was the best. It was okay, but I really just didn’t like the taste of it. I know my parents liked it though – I’m pretty sure that’s because their palettes are more refined than my own.

Peter’s Secret Never Tree Entrance – This was the richest thing I’ve eaten in a long time! I made the mistake of eating the little bit of chocolate covered in coco powder first and I swear I thought I was going to have to have on my obituary that I died from “death by chocolate”! Nonetheless, if you like chocolate and jam, you’ll love this. My Mum and brother loved it, but I wasn’t the biggest fan. I am glad I tried it though!

Hook’s Perish Cake – Okay, I hate coconut. This had a lot of coconut. I feel like that says all you need to know.

Tick-Tock the Crocodile – I was honestly very confused by this… it had the consistency of jelly, but it tasted a bit like jam… As bamboozled as this made me, I quite liked it, and the little gummy crocodile was super fun to eat!

Tinker Bell – This little biscuit was so simplistic but it worked so well! It also looked so cute and it really just melted in my mouth – yum!

Scones

These scones were baked to perfection! They were so nice and warm and the clotted cream and jam just made it 😙🤌 perfection!


Final Thoughts

It was a lovely day! At the end of it, I went to China Town and we got some dumplings for the next day. It was a great time and I’m so blessed that I got to share it with my amazing family♥️

Let me know if you go and what your thoughts are!

Hugs,

Tati xoxo

The Best Days: Missing the Memories

First of all, it’s my brother’s birthday today, so yay him! Just reached double digits, and even though I can’t really post a photo of his face here, I’ve decided to turn him into Danny DeVito (my king) and put a photo of the king instead of my baby.

I’m not shrinking it because I think we should appreciate him in all his glory

Moving rather swiftly on from my funny five minutes, things I miss.

You are all almost definitely aware by now that I am a super emotional person and I end up missing lots of things, people and objects alike. It’ll take way to long to list every single thing I miss, so I’ve decided to talk about one of the slightly more bizarre things I miss: days out, moments and memories.

Some days are so great that you can’t help but reminisce about them and wish that you could re-live that day again. I’m here to tell you about some of the most memorable days of my life, that I still can’t help missing now. I’ve been planning this article for a while now, and I finally have a reason to do it which is super cool! So let’s go! Two birds, one stone!

  1. The British Museum

In October 2018, I had one of the best days of my life. My family and I went to London to the British museum because my brother was studying Egyptians at the time and they have the famous Rosetta Stone there. After looking at the artefacts, something I really enjoyed, we met up with my Dad (he was working in London while we were at the museum) and went to my favourite restaurant chain: Hard Rock Café. It was an amazing day and I constantly wish I could do it all again.

2. Day out in Brighton with my big brother

30th August 2019, I spent an entire day with my friend in Brighton. The last time I went there was when I was around six, so it was really nice to go again. The weather was gorgeous, we went up the I360 which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life – even though I’m super scared of heights, I adored this. We walked along the beach, played games at the pier and the weather was absolutely amazing. On a slightly different topic, the food was great. We both completely pigged out, Greggs washed down with Starbucks for a mid-morning snack, Taco Bell for lunch, pretty sure we had other snacks because that’s just how we are, and then McDonald’s for dinner, with a McFlurry at 10pm because that’s just how we roll. When I was feeling rubbish in school that following term, I just kept reminding myself of how much I enjoyed that day and how ready I am to do it all over again.

3. SITC

Even though it was two days, they were still the greatest days. I got so many hugs! I went with my amazing friend Thumper, and we met a load of new people who we instantly became great friends with, and dubbed ourselves “the bagel cult”. I felt super accepted by everyone I met and it was really cool to meet some of my all time favourite YouTubers.

4. Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour Concert

You should by now be fully aware that I have a tiny obsession with Taylor Swift, so when my Mum got tickets to her tour, I was so excited. It was by far the greatest concert I have ever been to, the set was insane, the costumes were to die for and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. As soon as she goes on tour again, you better believe I’m getting front row tickets.

5. The day in London with my Dad

As you can work out from context clues alone, I love London. I also love musicals and true crime, but that will make sense in a moment. So, when I was given the opportunity to go to the London Dungeons with my Dad, I grabbed it with both hands. It was so much fun, especially because they’d just introduced a new Jack the Ripper experience – something I was studying in school – so it was educational and so much fun! After we spent time walking around London, we sat in a McDonald’s (I think McDonald’s is a reoccurring theme to be honest), my Dad bought us tickets to see my all time favourite musical, The Book of Mormon, live in the West End! The seats were four rows away from the stage which was perfect and I loved it. The whole day was an amazing bonding experience with my Dad and I still wish I could relive that day over and over again.

Even though I really miss these days and experiences, I’m happy they’re memories, because even though I know I can never repeat them, they shaped who I am today and I’m so grateful to each of these experiences for giving me hope, or a safe space to think about when I’m in an awful situation. As Tay-Tay says…

Hold onto the memories and they will hold onto you.

New Years Day, Taylor Swift

My Thoughts On Wicked the Musical

Wicked Musical Poster

If you don’t know me, I am a massive musical nerd.  I love musicals – particularly Book of Mormon, Heather’s, Mean Girls the Musical, Kinky Boots and Six to name a few!  So, when I learnt there was going to be a school trip to see Wicked, I lost my mind.  Going to see a musical in the West End with my best friends?  Sign me up!  It was an amazing adventure and I’m here to tell you all about it!

As it was an evening performance, we got to travel to London in the evening.  This may not sound important but remember that it was December that we went which meant Christmas lights!  The drive up there alone was an experience, it was all so gorgeous!  I managed to take a few photos as we drove past so it’s not the best quality, but I think they are still pretty cool:

When we got to the theatre, I found that firstly: the theatre itself was gorgeous – both inside and outside, and that secondly: the seats we had were amazing.  Honestly, we were seven or eight rows away from the stage so we could see everything so clearly and it was incredible to see all the actors and actresses up close, all the facial expressions you would otherwise miss were all there and they bought the whole musical alive.  I was also lucky enough to sit next to my own Elphaba to my Glinda which was so much fun – it was a bonding experience to say the least!

As soon as the first act began, I was instantly drawn in.  The fanfare, the music, the message, it was all so scary but in such a mesmerising way.  The set and scenery are both so amazing and it looks so realistic.  The way Glinda has her bubbles as she floats down to meet the people of Oz, looked stunning and her costume was so delicately put together, it was so stunning, so sparkly, so pretty, so painfully Glinda the Good Witch.  Even the costumes for the citizens of Oz were amazing.  They were all so quirky and different but made them look so unified.  When Elphaba and Glinda meet each other for the first time, the chemistry was so incredible, you really couldn’t help but believe everything that came out of their mouth!

The soundtrack is everything it’s hyped up to be and more!  It honestly doesn’t surprise me that it’s been nominated for so many awards for purely the song writing, what does surprise me is that it’s not won all of them!  Each word that leaves the characters lips is so perfectly suited to them, it’s all so cleverly put together!

I must say, before going to watch it, I was worried the actress who played Elphaba would not live up to Idina Menzel’s high standards (if any non-musical nerds are reading this, it’s the person who voiced Elsa in Frozen and she was the original Elphaba).  But oh, my Oz, she came through!!  Nikki Bentley is honestly so talented and her take on Elphaba was amazing and you couldn’t help but hang onto her every word.  Glinda – played by Helen Woolf gave me such strong Elle Woods Legally Blonde vibes and I loved it.  All the characters were so well cast to be fair – they all lived up to my original expectations and then took them further.

All in all, it was amazing, and I highly recommend you go watch it if you can.  There were so many plot twists and cliff hangers and I was obsessed. 

Our Tickets!!

Thank you for reading – it means a lot!  Also, I may not be posting for a while because mocks are in January so sorry about that!  But once they’re done, everything will go back to normal programming!

xo baby, Tati xoxo


PS – On the way back home I was eating Haribo because I love Haribo.  One of the jelly babies I was eating was just so chubby and I loved it so I took a photo of it just so I could post it here.  So, here’s my jelly baby I got emotionally attached to:

It’s just so chubby!