It was my birthday in September and as always, I did a great job of stretching out the celebrations. Because why limit a birthday to just one day?!
I kicked off proceedings in August, when I was treated by a wonderful friend with a trip to the top of The Shard, followed by a beautiful afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace.
Going to the top of The Shard is pretty cool. It goes without saying the view is amazing, but what I didn’t realise is there’s actually two viewing levels at the top. The first floor is what you expect a viewing area to be: huge glass windows with 360 views, complete with champagne bar (thumbs up!) But, the second level had a little surprise I wasn’t expecting.
So, when you look up at the Shard from the ground or in a photo, the top of it is just like shards of glass, right? Right. What I didn’t realise is that those ‘shards’ don’t actually join together, they’re totally open to the elements. And, if you go up to the second viewing floor, you’re in the open roof. Thinking about it, I don’t know why I was so surprised by that (maybe it’s common knowledge and I completely missed the memo), but I thought it was really unique (albeit a bit windy).
Moving on to perhaps the most instagrammable place I’ve ever been, Dalloway Terrace.
Tucked away from the busy Tottenham Court Road, Dalloway Terrace is like a little secret garden of loveliness. As you might have guessed from the name, there’s an outdoor terrace draped in grape vines, a gorgeous patterned tile floor and delectable décor. I’ve been lusting after their stripy cup and saucer set ever since I went.
We had the Bloomsbury afternoon tea, which was a tower of delicious sandwiches, scones and desserts including a mango and passionfruit dome and a lemon meringue mousse. SERIOUSLY YUM.
I lost count of the number of pots of tea and rounds of sandwiches I devoured, but all I know is I was so stuffed that I had a take a doggy-bag home – the sign of a great day.
You can enjoy the Bloomsbury afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace for yourself by booking online.