It feels like an age since I’ve written a gluten free afternoon review so I thought I better rattle my dags and show you a little afternoon feast from a few months ago.  Rachel and I headed into London to try the gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley…now this wasn’t my first visit (you can read my other review here from 2013…and I had visited again after this review but never blogged about it) but thought I would share my findings with you all as obviously opinions can change.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Sandwiches

The sandwiches were okay…I would say that the gluten free bread was a tad thick for my liking BUT they were better than the pastry selection.  We were asked if we wanted more sarnies however we declined as Rachel and I are both sugar monsters.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Scones

No scones…now this was never an issue before when I’ve visited the Berkeley Hotel for Afternoon Tea however I think there is a problem now.

Gluten Free Pastries

Now the pastries…if you offer no scones then I expect you to blow my cotton socks off when it comes to the pastry selection and The Berkeley failed…the mini cakes were very dry to the point that Rachel and I thought they might be stale…yes stale…you can put a glaze on it however if you wanted us to like it then you shouldn’t have overcooked it!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To quote my dad – even the birds would leave those cake alone for fear of having to walk home!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

While in the past, the pastries were free flowing and constantly replenished…this is now not the case so don’t expect to try one of each pastry which is disappointing considering the lack of scones and the dad affair of the stale cakes.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

However on a happier note, it was good to see that the hotel have made more of an effort when it comes to the gluten free pastry selection and trying to align it to the regular afternoon tea…this change I am rather pleased about.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To be fair, I really was disappointed with the pastries overall especially when you couldn’t eat the mini cakes as they were so rough…we did ask if there were any additional gluten free pastries and we were provided with a couple of mini macarons which were tasty (a saving grace to the pastry selection of the afternoon tea).

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Tea

I had a lovely cup of tea however I was disappointed that they didn’t replinish with hot water during our visit…for the price of the afternoon tea, I don’t expect to be drinking luke warm tea.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Atmosphere

The tea room looks like it has had a little revamp and now can only be described as instagram worthy…while it’s very pretty, I just found it lacked a bit of soul and could be interchangeable with a few other hotel lounges in London.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Service

The service was okay, it’s definitely not up to the standards that you receive at Claridge’s Hotel which is a shame as they are part of the same group and some consistency would be fabulous…it wasn’t horrendous but I don’t expect to refill my own cup of tea.  For the price point that The Berkeley has targeted, I would expect my tea to be refreshed during the afternoon tea experience.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley – if you have cash to burn and are really wanting to try the Pret-A-Portea afternoon tea then definitely go…don’t let my review change your mind but do be weary if you’re gluten free.

For me personally, while I have recommended The Berkeley as a fun place for a gluten free afternoon tea in the past, I would no longer recommend as I thought it was overpriced for the quality that we received on the day.

G and I are off the Brown’s Hotel this coming weekend so it will be interesting to see if I still rate them as one of the best in London for gluten free afternoon teas along with Claridge’s Hotel, The Lanesborough, The Langham and the Intercontinental Park Lane.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

The afternoon tea at The Berkeley starts at £52 per person plus 12.5% service charge.  You can learn more about the afternoon tea here on their website…FYI, the new Spring / Summer afternoon tea menu is out now.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

xx

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Shhh don’t tell anyone but Athens is one of my favourite European cities…it’s authentic, charming and there is a dose of history around every corner.  We only had 48 hours in Athens on this occasion however we put it to good use by *cough* relaxing and eating.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

We arrived late afternoon in Athens and caught a taxi from the airport (beware of the taxi drivers; we were pretty firm with our driver after he tried it on…just the once!) and checked into the Intercontinental Athens (not my favourite hotel in Athens and will write a review one day; it felt a bit dated, soulless and the service was mixed).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The first night we had access to the Intercontinental Club lounge where we enjoyed a light supper via the nibbles in the lounge and a few drinks while appreciating the view over the city.

The next morning we had a full day…to be fair we’ve done a number of the touristy things in Athens that you really should tick off on a visit to the city so we decided to climb a hill to get another view over the city from the Hill of the Muses…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…it’s pretty wonderful up there…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…with great views over the city…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…make sure you wear sensible shoes as it’s not stable ground.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After our stroll up a hill, we managed to end up in a middle of a religious procession that we had no idea about…thankfully a lovely old Greek lady grabbed me and explained that it was a particular saints day and we were close to her church (I have a funny feeling it was Catherine but I could be just making that up!) but it’s one of the reasons why I love Athens – the culture, history, religion and the friendly people that stop and chat to you…we held hands as she explained everything.  A truly lovely moment that I will cherish.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

G decided that he needed a ride on a segway and I wasn’t really feeling up for a segway tour so while he whizzed around seeing the city from different vantage points (he really loved this tour!)...I used my feet and just lost myself in the streets of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…photographing the hell out of it…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…the city felt a tad festive which surprised me (never thought of Christmas and Greece together before…doh!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens at times does remind me of Paris…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…pretty in pink to make the boys wink!

The city felt empty of tourists, it was November so it was nice to chat to shop keepers and one in particular stopped me when he saw that my camera was on manual mode not auto…he loved photography so we had a chat…the Greeks love to chat.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

I managed to photograph myself a few doors of course!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Unfortunately I had fibroid issues on this day (once you overheat, it’s game over!) and ended up having to change my entire bottom half in the smallest and smelliest toilet in all of Athens…the joys of not being able to flush paper down the toilet makes public toilets reek even more than usual!  I’m still pretty proud of myself balancing on one shoe while trying to pull off and chuck on jeans in what felt like a tiny cage.  I survived to tell the tale!

I did ponder about buying a pair of slippers…I haven’t succumbed yet but next time a pair of these bad boys are coming home with me…along with another 25 litres of olive oil.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After a quick walk back to the hotel, a shower and a brisk walk to the Hotel Grande Bretagne as I was meeting G for afternoon tea…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…G wanted to make sure that the Grande Bretagne in Athens still made the best scones in the whole world…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they were rigorously tested (don’t ask me why the napkin ended up there…the shirt desperately needed a iron and he needed a trim as well which I was nagging him about)…they still hold the number one spot so if you’re a gluten eating monster then you need to make sure you pop in and taste their scones and their gluten free afternoon tea is pretty good as well!

We decided to head up to the terrace bar at the hotel which offers fabulous views over Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and then watch the sunset…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I managed to get over my fear of flying rats (joking…still totally petrified of birds!  And I forgot to focus the darn thing on the bird…doh!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they make a rather tasty mocktail if you’re that way inclined which I am!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The following morning I decided to head out again to discover some more beauty spots around the historical centre of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is famous for it’s street art…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…in between ducking inside a few art shops, Athens does some seriously good art if you like bright bold striking colours (which I do!)….and yes there is a lot of graffiti as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is fabulous for people watching as it’s full of funny little characters like this gentleman who gave me a wink when I dropped in a few coins; traditional Greek music and possibly helping someone out is good for the soul (you never know a persons circumstances)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I found all this just by walking around the touristy area of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I love a colourful destination…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens does make me smile and I thought to myself, hmmm 48 hours in Athens really isn’t enough even on my 4th visit to the city!  I stumbled on a few ancient ruins…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…another man entertaining the small crowd of only me…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and just kept wandering around (I managed to find myself a few cushion covers and a load of olive oil…yes I’m officially old!).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Travel Tips for Athens, Greece

  • The historical centre of Athens is quite compact so you can walk around with slightly pretty shoes if you fancy (just don’t do heels!)
  • I’ve stayed at a few hotels in Athens and my favourite is the Hotel Grande Bretagne (great location, lovely service, iconic hotel which is part of the Starwood chain of hotels) or there is the Intercontinental Athens (IHG chain of hotels) which is more business focussed and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk into the historic centre.
  • A taxi will cost you 38 euros from the airport to downtown Athens and this is a fixed rate but could change so check the board at the taxi stand – some taxi drivers will try and play funny buggers so I suggest having two 20 euro notes available rather than a 50 euro note and don’t listen to their bollocks about riots closing roads in central Athens – they just don’t want to take you all the way into the city
  • You can catch the metro or buses from the airport which takes approximately an hour and is a cheaper alternative.
  • If you are looking for a day trip from Athens then I would suggest Nafplio, the Islands of the Saronic Gulf or the Poseidon Temple which are all worth while and I’ve visited them all.  Plus I have a load more Athens tips here including where to buy Greek Sandals and another great view point.
  • Athens is really quite hip and it’s slowly becoming a foodie hotspot – Greek food is on the rise; simple but tasty flavours and you can easily find gluten free options!
  • The Hotel Grande Bretagne offer a lovely afternoon tea in their Winter Garden which is definitely worth checking out.
  • Athens is often dubbed as boring and overlooked as an entry / exit point for the Greek Islands; I always suggest 48 hours in Athens to really discover an authentic European city where history, locals and tourists mingle making it a great alternative city break destination.  Athens won’t be for everyone but I love it!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

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Kent…the county with too many options on where to visit!  In the end, I decided on exploring Broadstairs for a few reasons; I heard many good things about the town, there was sand rather than hideous pebbles and I found myself a gluten free afternoon tea…meeting my friend Amy and her two little boys, Peanut and Blueberry were the icing on the Kent cake!

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

I popped down from Bedford to Broadstairs on the train…it was quicker than driving and meant I could read a book…but in reality spent the whole time scrolling through instagram.

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^^An English summers day!

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Arriving into Broadstairs…I felt like I had stepped back in time…

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…the band stand was raving…

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…the town clock was ticking…

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…kids watching a Punch & Judy show….

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…families enjoying time together (where apple meant a piece of fruit rather than a piece of technology…ahh the good ol’ days)

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…couples enjoying a game or two…

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…and a few having cuppa or forty winks on a rather overcast summers day in front of their rather girly beach hut.

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Amy, Peanut, Blueberry and I started the day as we intended to carry on…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…yip by eating as much sugar as possible…Amy and I are sugar ninjas…that’s how we meet…well kinda of…we met while studying ACCA and then had various walks to Borough Market for fudge during our breaks…we both passed audit first time…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…so after a bit of ice cream for breakfast we were ready for the beach!

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

^^Peanut and my little ice cream boats (which was gluten free!)

I will be honest and say I was a tad disappointed with Morelli’s…it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be unfortunately.

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We all headed down to the beach via a lot of steps…

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…where the tide was out…

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…I thought it would be a good idea to let the boys cover Aunty Kelly in sand…I won’t show those photos…let’s just enjoy the fact that I found a rather lovely sandy beach in England for once…okay this photo isn’t doing the sand any justice…

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…it looks better here!

We had an afternoon tea booking (the boys first!) so we headed towards Bleak House via some beach huts…

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…more…

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…and more…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…and a few more.

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

Amy and I had done some research on Broadstairs that revolved around cake…so we knew we had to introduce the boys to afternoon tea…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…which they enjoyed…thankfully their English genes were strong…Peanut making himself a cuppa…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…and Blueberry…don’t let the South Africa rugby jersey confuse you…it was all about a cup of tea with 6 sugars!

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Here’s a little flashback (eeek it’s a bit blurry…sorry!)…I met Peanut for the very first time in Konditor & Cook in London all those years ago…

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…trust me when I say that Amy and I have based our whole friendship around sugar…Peanut and I relived our first meeting thanks to the help of Facebook at afternoon tea.

Here’s a photo of Amy’s afternoon tea.

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And you guessed it, here’s my gluten free afternoon tea at Bleak House…yes the gluten free pastries were a tad dry but passable…

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…the scones passed my scone test (they were easy to cut into, they didn’t break a tooth and they were yummy)

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…my fully dressed up to the nines scone!

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Once we finished scoffing our afternoon tea at Bleak House, we had a little snoop around the hotel…we didn’t have many great expectations…

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…but we were pleasantly surprised…

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…we did find someone checking us out.

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If you’re a huge Charles Dickens fan then a visit to Bleak House in Broadstairs is a must…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…you will find Dickens references all around the town…

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…and I mean…

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…everywhere!

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After our afternoon tea, I waved goodbye to my Kent crew and had a little wander around Broadstairs to photograph…you guessed it doors!

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

I had a moment of divine intervention…I don’t know who was giggling more…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…the colourful door without some divine intervention…hello new instagram hashtag #thatyellowdoor

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…I stumbled on a pretty little alleyway…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

..where there were an abundance…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…of…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…beautiful…

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

…doors!

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

Travel Tips for Exploring Broadstairs, Kent

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

Have you visited Broadstairs in Kent before – did you love the little town and beach?  Where else do you recommend in Kent to visit?

England Travel Inspiration - Fancy a day trip from London to the seaside then why not head on the train to Broadstairs in Kent; Viking Bay is a gorgeous secluded bay for a swim. Charles Dickens called Broadstairs home for a few years and you can now have afternoon tea in his former home which is now a hotel that offers beautiful views to the sea. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the British Isles including Broadstairs, at times you do feel like you're stepping back in time...if you want to see more photos of Broadstairs or see my honest review of the gluten free afternoon tea then click over to my blog post on the town.

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You know I travel far and wide to sample afternoon tea so a 250 mile car journey to Stoke on Trent to try out the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Room seemed like a ride in the park.  I was in Staffordshire to tick off another county in my New Years Resolution challenge and it felt like an age since G and I both had afternoon tea together.

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

I should warn you right now…you really need to water the money tree prior to visiting the World of Wedgwood as you’ll want to buy everything!

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

Gluten Free Sandwiches

Let’s start with the gluten free sarnies, the bread was soft and fluffy albeit a tad cold from sitting in a chiller…this happens everywhere.  The fillings included ham, egg, smoked salmon, cucumber and coronation chicken; all the classic fillings you would expect.

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

If I’m really honest (which I am), I did find the filling a little bland for my liking unfortunately.

Gluten Free Scones

Ahhh gluten free scones…the nemesis of so many pastry chefs!  I wasn’t too sure what to expect however they passed my scone test with flying colours (they were easy to cut into, they didn’t break a tooth and they were yummy).

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

The scones were served warm and were light and fluffy…better than a lot of scones that you find in London at the really posh hotels that charge twice the price for afternoon tea!

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

If there was one thing letting the scone team down it was the jam…it felt cheap and nasty i.e. no taste at all which was slight disappointing.

Gluten Free Pastries

The pastries included a beautiful gluten free mini victoria sponge filled with fresh cream…it was divine…traditional but spot on for an afternoon tea pastry.

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

A gluten free chocolate brownie which was thick and gooey…you know I’m not a fan of brownies however I did take two bites rather than the normal one before passing onto G to finish the brownie off.  The lucky last pastry was a chocolate basket filled with mousse which was delightfully light.

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

Tea

I went for the Empress Catherine tea; I’m not sure what is wrong with me at the moment however I can’t drink hot drinks so ended up enjoying a very cold glass of water with lemon.  Our tea wasn’t refreshed during the afternoon tea experience.

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

Atmosphere

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

The Wedgwood Tea Room is simply gorgeous; on Sunday there were only two couples enjoying afternoon tea…and one of them was us!

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

Honestly, the photos don’t do the tea rooms justice…the colours and design made me want to pinch the mirrors off the walls…and lust over wallpaper (which has never happened in my life before!).

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

Ohhh…you can also take a nice little shoefie so remember to wear some nice shoes!

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

Afternoon Tea for the Gluten Eating Monsters

So G’s world scone rankings had a shake up after our afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood…the gluten loaded scones knocked Claridge’s from their long held second place ranking…and G is a scone connoisseur so this is HUGE news.  (Current Scone Rankings as per G: 1st place, Grande Bretagne in Athens; 2nd place, World of Wedgwood and 3rd place, Claridge’s).

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

Like me, G thought the afternoon tea was extremely good value but was disappointed over the jam situation.  I think it can be safely assumed that he enjoyed his mini lemon meringue pie and the Victoria sponge as there was of moaning…in a good way!

Service

The service was very relaxed and friendly.

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Room, Stoke on Trent – Definitely! We purchased an afternoon tea package which included afternoon tea for two persons, entry into the museum and the factory tour for £49 which I think is amazing value.  The afternoon tea alone is worth £25pp so prebook and grab this deal if you can.  You can find more information on the afternoon tea here.

The Tea Room was very quiet on Sunday and I was told that it’s very busy during the week so if you want a relaxing afternoon tea in Staffordshire then highly recommending popping in for scones and tea during the weekend.

England Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to Staffordshire on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at World of Wedgwood Tea Rooms in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; the county is home to the potteries so make sure you pick up a tea cup and saucer on your travels...warning the images will make you drool!

xx

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