A couple of weeks ago on a sunny (despite the odd spot of rain) day I had the pleasure of indulging many of my favourite past times in one sitting… tea, cake, friends, gossip, vintage crockery, and relaxing in a pretty park.
I was invited to come along to one of the charity events put on by British china company Royal Albert UK as they embarked on a Summer tea tour. As soon as I heard the words tea and tour I was hooked. Is that not just about the best thing you have ever heard of? Everyone loves a good cup of tea, throw in some tasty macaroons and your onto a winner but taking the tea to them in a trendy little van and serving it in local parks out of your nans best china while wearing cute 50’s style dress is just pure genius!
As it turns out this is the second year Royal Albert have put on their travelling tea get togethers and what they do really is commendable. Over various dates throughout the Summer they take their award winning teaware range to different parks and green spaces within the city and serve complimentary tea and cakes to anyone who passes and fancies a sit down, all in aid of Breast Cancer Care as part of their Strawberry Tea campaign.
Along with my good friend Danielle I popped along to the Bloomsbury square sitting on a Friday afternoon and after a hectic morning of meetings and projects it was just the type of relaxed vibe I needed. The gardens had been decked out with a cute canopy (perfect for when the rain started), dainty pastel bunting and summery tables and chairs which played host to the gorgeous floral teaware from Royal Albert.
We were served tea of our choice (and plenty of it I may add) in beautiful vintage style teapots, cups and saucers while munching on the pretty macaroons and cupcakes that sat a top the adorable cake stands. The staff on hand were delightful and everything was served with a smile. So much so that I found it hard to leave, so enamored was I with the atmosphere that I almost volunteered to don a pinny and get in the van myself! The Royal Albert products were also on sale at the event with all proceeds going to charity. I was very kindly gifted one of their cup and saucer sets from the new range which is, I’m happy to say, the first piece of proper crockery to find its way into my home. For now as its all alone it’s playing house to my jewellery collection but as soon as it has an other half I’ll be serving tea all day long for anyone who will have it.
In such a busy city like London, it can often feel like no one ever takes the time to stop or talk or care, but events like this show how rewarding it can be to take time out of your busy schedule to sit down amongst strangers and enjoy a cuppa together.
The Tea tour is over for another year but you can still get involved in the Breast Cancer Care Strawberry Tea Campaign which is running all Summer. Thanks to Royal Albert UK for putting on such a lovely event, it has definitely inspired me to host my own tea party soon!