I thought I had done pretty well..one afternoon tea in five months and then suddenly I eat three in less than a month!  The gluten free afternoon tea at The Langham London was on my afternoon tea bucket list (like Claridge’s, Brown’s Hotel and One Aldwych) so when my lovely friend Caprice was over from South Africa we decided to have an afternoon tea outing…I know you’re all shocked that I would suggest afternoon tea!

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I’m going to apologise right now as my photos are a tad dark due to the sexy mood lightning that helps detracts the bags under the eyes however is a blogging nightmare.

The afternoon tea starts with a Panna Cotta…I normally see a panna cotta at the pastry stage of a gluten free afternoon tea however we were both provided with one at the very beginning and I can say with my hand on my heart…it was the best panna cotta I’ve ever eaten!

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Sandwiches

The gluten free sarnies were delicious however I did feel slightly cheated about the lettuce leaves…super picky I know but I would have liked my egg filling slapped inside some bread (I love egg sarnies!).  There were little twists to each of the traditional fillings which gave the savoury selection an added boost.

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Do not pass up seconds of the coronation chicken…possibly the best coronation chicken I’ve had at an afternoon tea to date!

Scones

Now you know gluten free scones are pesky little buggers at the best of times and there are not many grand hotels that pull off the perfect gluten free scone…obviously Claridge’s comes out top (I’ve eaten 50+ afternoon teas, so I’m allowed to make this big call) but I thought these gluten free scones were wonderful and definitely in my top two.  There was a slight powdery after taste but this is probably due to the gluten free flour that they’re using at The Langham.

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The size of the scones were dainty however this was perfect as I find scones quite filling…

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The next photo is pure scone porn where the tasty jam just drips off the scone…I was telling Caprice why I put clotted cream first on my scones…basically as it acts like glue and the jam sits better on the scone hence you don’t end up with half the cream and jam down your boobies or in my case…inside my dress and bra (seriously don’t ask how I still miss my mouth when it’s so big)!

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There was enough clotted cream and jam for Caprice and I to share…we didn’t start any jam wars!  And thankfully no lemon curd!

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Pastries

I was super impressed with the gluten free pastries at The Langham; this was the pièce de résistance and I think we can safely say that Cherish and her team have outdone themselves!  The only difference was the chocolate cake between the gluten free and normal pastries.  The flavours of these pastries are just mind blowing…I do find some gluten free pastries can be a tad bland however every pastry had a unique flavour however they all worked perfectly together and I’m not going to spoil the surprise for you….you will need to book the afternoon tea!

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Trying to look like a lady before scoffing all those pastries and failing!

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The happy face of a gluten free monster that found an afternoon tea that gives Claridge’s a run for it’s money especially since the gluten free pastries were almost identical as the gluten loaded pastries!  Not sure what’s going on with my fringe in these photo…possibly the excitement of afternoon tea was just too much for my fringe.

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Here’s the proof that there isn’t that much difference in the pastries…amazing right?!?!

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Tea

I went for the Silk Road White Tea which was divine and I would highly recommend…I like a white or green tea with afternoon tea as I find I get heart burn if I go for a black tea with afternoon tea.

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Atmosphere

The Palm Lounge is super cosy and elegant…just what you expect from a luxury hotel of this calibre.

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Afternoon Tea for the Gluten Eating Monsters

Here’s what to expect from the gluten loaded afternoon tea…it was super impressive and almost exactly the same as the gluten free afternoon tea…

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…Caprice was rather happy with her gluten loaded pastries!

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Service

The service was wonderful and attentive however my tea did end up a little luke warm at times but this was rectified with fresh tea throughout.  At the end of our afternoon tea, I was asked my thoughts…I was honest and said it was just a tad under Claridge’s but not by much…those lettuce leaves on the savoury plate…SHOW ME THE BREAD…but it was nice to be asked our thoughts on our experience…they didn’t know about my little blog.

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^^A big thank you to the team at The Langham for looking after us on the day and taking the compulsory afternoon tea photo of us both!

The Bar

We did pop into the bar for a drink…I was slightly jealous of Caprice’s magical drink but my frozen P.C. was super tasty…

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…poor Caprice had to finish mine for me as I don’t drink much these days…three slurps and then I pass my drink around the table.

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This is what I look like after having a massive sugar hit…approach with caution and don’t make eye contact!

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Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Langham London – I would highly recommend; if you’ve visited Claridge’s and looking for an alternative then definitely make a reservation at The Langham in London as I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  I’m now even more convinced that I need to tick off their spa from my London Bucket List!

The afternoon tea starts at £49 per person excluding service charge and bubbles and you can make a reservation online here.

I’ve you’ve got really special dietary requirements and want to ask a question to see if they can cater, pop @cherish_finden a tweet on twitter to see if it’s possible…she’s a Pastry Chef Rock Star!

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Have you tried the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Langham, London; I would love to hear your thoughts.  If you do make a reservation after reading my review, let me know what you think of the afternoon tea.

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I have a hotel bucket list longer than my arm these days and it’s growing by the day with so many magical looking hotels almost opening daily around the world.  One hotel that was on my hotel bucket list was the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville.

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My little sister had stayed at this property a few years ago and loved it and I was hoping to fall in love with the property as well.  Hotel Alfonso XIII is part of the Luxury Collection Hotel chain operated by Starwood Hotels so I knew to expect a grand hotel and exceptional service.

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^^one of the lovely ladies that greets you…stained glass perfection!

We left Hotel Casa 1800 in Seville and walked to Hotel Alfonso XIII with our bags…apparently this was the quicker option than jumping in a taxi and it was a rather lovely walk in the sunshine for a few minutes so I wasn’t complaining.  First impressions…no doorman and a number of stairs to drag our bags up…there are doormen but just never there when you need them unfortunately!

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We waited to be checked in as apparently on Valentines Day the hotel is packed (and charging silly money hence the reason why we didn’t stay…if they can get away with it why not says the accountant in me!)...we had to wait over 5 minutes to check in as a number of folks were checking out…I would like to say we were checked in with a smile but we weren’t…I dislike reception staff that look like they’ve sucked lemons all day…and they were like this the whole time during our stay!  Smiles are free people!

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So are you ready for a snoop inside our room…we found our room which was impressive in size BUT…there’s going to be a number of BUT’s in this review…sorry…the room wasn’t sound proof as the windows didn’t close properly (G managed to fix this by shoving a few posh magazines into the window frame to make it sound proof)...

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…and as G pointed out…there was dust all over the glasses in the mini bar (and you thought I was picky!).

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…the room was very spacious…you could probably swing at least 5 cats in here no sweat…the rooms are tastifully decorated…if I was to be honest I thought they were a bit beige in nature (i.e. my polite way of saying boring) compared to the rest of the hotel…

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…but that chair was just perfect for getting cosy with a good book…

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…the bathroom was huge and I mean HUGE…

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…where Elemis toiletries could be found lurking behind every shower curtain.

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We popped into the bar to check out out their drinks menu and maybe consume a beverage or ten…we waited and waited and waited to be served…we actually left as the staff were too busy talking amongst themselves to serve us or even clean the tables around us…we decided to forgo the whole idea of having afternoon tea treats at the hotel as well.

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^^the bar is lovely if you can find someone who is willing to serve you.

G and I also had dinner at the hotel on our first night and we weren’t impressed…once again the service in the restaurant was haphazard and we had numerous people serving us…we had one fabulous waiter who knew what silver service was and understood gluten free requirements…the rest were just appalling…they forgot to charge us for our drinks…seriously if you want free drinks in Seville then head to Hotel Alfonso XIII (I did inform reception on check out to add the drinks onto our bill and her response, oh well they should have charged you at dinner…okay!)  The gluten free options were limited…and I mean limited…to a couple of fish dishes only.

The gluten free breakfast options the following morning were a lot better…a huge variety and a gluten free corner with so many options…nice to see Starwood upping their game when it comes to gluten free breakfast…

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…plus all the fresh fruit you could eat!

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The hotel itself is just breathtaking…the courtyard is truly stunning…

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…the details…

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…another snuggle worthy spot to read a good book…

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…and don’t get me started over the staircase!

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The stairway to heaven!

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Strangely enough…I thought the Hotel Alfonso XIII would be truly amazing however the service was truly abysmal to say the least which just shows you can spend all the money in the world on a 5 star hotel and not receive 5 star service.  What makes a great hotel…for me, it’s service hands down!  The hotel itself is exquisite and I love the history that surrounds the hotel.

I did have a look through the trip advisor reviews over the days we stayed and most people were having similar experiences to ours…as one staff member pointed out to us…the hotel is running at full capacity due to the Valentine’s Day holiday…hmmm she got my are you freaking joking face…that’s not my problem…if you can’t handle the hotel at full capacity and offer your guests 5 star service then don’t book it to full capacity!

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Would I recommend – ummm if you can get a special deal then check it out but in all honesty if we were to go back to Seville we would stay at the Hotel Casa 1800 and pop into Hotel Alfonso XIII for a snoop around…we didn’t think it was worth the money at over 250 euros a night off peak!

We did stay at the Grande Bretagne in Athens which is another Luxury Collection hotel by Starwood and loved it…plus we have booked two Luxury Collection hotels in Peru next month so am hoping this was just a little blimp in the Luxury Collection brand.

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So have you stayed at Hotel Alfonso XIII – did you love or loathe it?  You can read more about my trip to Seville here.

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Okay where the hell has 2015 gone?!?  I feel like I’ve blinked and missed half of it…I do have sleeping beauty tendencies so maybe that’s what has happened!  So Where Did the Wind Blow Me in 2015 and I’ve added a few other reflections from the year…let’s go for a quick ride back in time.

The Staycation

Emma and I took off to Bath for a romantic weekend…be warned she does steal the covers!  We had a great weekend discovering the delights of Bath and eating the most amazing gluten free savoury scones for breakfast at the Pump Rooms.

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This years ANZAC Day service was a rather special one, so I made the effort to attend the dawn service in London which meant we stayed over night at the Intercontinental Park Lane…a fabulous hotel in London and even better when you can use your IHG points for a free night!

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I was very lucky to get invited to Sting and Paul Simon concert at the O2 with SPG and stayed the night at the Aloft beside to the Excel centre…this is a really good base and the rooms are extremely comfy, just don’t put your neck out like I did while drying my hair…a Charlie’s Angels hair flick that went wrong, doh!!  I had a great evening especially as I got to catch up with Anna again at the concert!

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G and I spent a weekend in Oxford and I really really really tried to love Oxford however I’m a Cambridge girl at heart.  We still had a great weekend even though it was soggy and I ended up with a soggy bottom AGAIN!

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Day Tripping

Buying a car has given me a huge amount of freedom to explore England so I try and do a day trip every weekend to explore the English countryside (there’s something about going exploring to relieve the stresses of a week at work).   Cambridge is super close to me and even with my Dory tendencies I managed to remember to get tickets to the Cambridge Open Weekend…I’m still surprised that I was that organised to get tickets!  Bluebells in springtime, heading into London to go on Yannick’s gluten free walking tours (Macarons and Mews plus his new Piccadilly and Petit 4’s), visiting the cute village of Elstow in Bedfordshire, taking a million photos of the cute little beach huts at Wells Next the Sea and the super gorgeous Lavenham (I’ve yet to blog about this cutie pie town!) were some of my favourite day trips of 2015.

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Castle Hunting

I castle hunted like a ninja in 2015 and my castle hunting list continues to grow for 2016!  I’ve got a few memberships however for me the best one was definitely the Historic Houses Association membership, this has saved me more than a few pennies.  Definitely some of the highlights of 2015 were discovering Deene Park (my favourite castle!), Rockingham Castle, Dover Castle, Woburn Abbey, Kirby Hall and Burghley House plus many many more.

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Passport at the Ready

G and I popped off to Brussels for a few days in February for our birthdays…and of course we ate afternoon tea and a lot of chocolate and I mean a lot…we were definitely Master and Miss Piggy.  There are more photos of food then Brussels!

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May called for a tier point run to Marrakech for G so I tagged along as who wouldn’t…it’s not a bad place to head too for a few days…Marrakech has definitely changed a lot since my first visit way back in 2003 and I was told that I saw the real Marrakech not the touristy Marrakech that everyone sees today.  We had what you would call a mixed kind of holiday in Marrakech but we still enjoyed it thanks to staying in a hotel that Winston Churchill loved.

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Pretty much right after Marrakech, I flew to Croatia to see my family for a few days…it’s a hard life…it did take Easyjet three attempts to land at Split airport and an overnight power cut due to an electrical storm left me with 3% battery life right before I was due to leave for the airport so it did have it’s moments!

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We popped over to Hong Kong and then onto Malaysia for two weeks, flying in First Class with British Airways…it was nice to actually switch off properly and it was my first two week holiday since 2012…it was during this trip that I realised that I was really taking this blogging business way too seriously and pulled out of the game in a big way.

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I managed to tick Strasbourg off my 2015 Travel Wish List back in October and I wasn’t disappointed…what a truly fantastic part of France and I would happily return to the region again…the Alsace Wine Route made me a rather happy little bunny!

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December saw me flying home to New Zealand (you’re currently getting spammed on instagram) and as my Cathay Pacific flight left from Paris, I managed to have 24 hours in the city to explore (a post still needs to follow…I will pull my finger out on that one soon I promise!).

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Scoffing Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

I’ve eaten a number of gluten free Afternoon Tea’s this year and I’ve got the rolls to prove it.  My personal three favourites of 2015 are definitely Brown’s Hotel, The Lanesborough and of course Claridge’s…you can’t go wrong with either one!

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Lessons Learned from Blogging in 2015

I learnt a few big lessons from blogging this year…some good and some pretty shit.

The good – I made some great friends through blogging and found them extremely supportive in times of need or when I needed a bit of blog advice.  I really love the interaction with the community that follows along in my journey, especially the non-bloggers that take the time to email me, thank you!  The opportunities that have come my way thanks to this blog have always being appreciated but once again a big thank you to the brands that I’ve worked with in the past.  I had a blog refresh this month and it feels great to have a new look…a bit like finding a new pair of really comfortable knickers that actually look a tad sexy, that’s how I’d sum up my blog make over.

The shit – I will be brutally honest and say that I fell out of love with the blogging community this year (not all but a lot); there are some unkind people in the blogging community, the blagging seriously needs to stop (and one of the reasons why I almost quit twitter – if you want something, pay for the bloody stuff yourself!) and the reviews that aren’t honest.  I value my community so if I find out that a blogger has lied then I never share their posts with my community EVER AGAIN…I’ve worked hard to gain peoples trust and don’t fancy throwing it away with one tweet.  And don’t get me started on the whole follow and unfollow crap way of building social media stats – seriously getting followed and followed by the same blogger three times in a week was beyond annoying…more annoying than the DM on twitter asking to follow them on Facebook…if you want me to follow you then please show me some personality and give me a reason to follow with some interaction rather then spamming me with links to your blog (and I’ve being guilty of this also so I know it’s not easy!).

Going forward, I am no longer accepting anything complimentary on my blog as I want to receive the same experience that my readers will be getting rather than a “blogger experience” and I don’t fancy getting involved in the competitive nature of blogging; I find it fascinating to watch but don’t fancy participating…I think they should do a “I’m a blogger…get me out of here” youtube show, it would be so bloody hilarious.   What you see is really what you get…a blog all paid for by me and all about me me me me me!

My weight

Well I got fatter…what else can I say but since I’ve come home to NZ for Christmas my body confidence has improved hence why you’re seeing photos of me on instagram now.  Weirdly I feel people are more judgemental in the UK especially when it comes to looks while in NZ, the casual laid approach to fashion and life is a lot less judgemental…I’m sure people will disagree with me here but that’s just my opinion on things and you know what they say about opinions…they’re like arseholes, everyones got one.

So that’s my 2015 in review…I do feel like I’ve blinked and missed things but hey ho that’s life and you don’t have to be out exploring every second of every day…there’s nothing better than having a day of rest to recharge those old batteries and never feel guilty for doing so…it’s your life!

xx

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Once upon a time…way back in Christmas 2012, we stayed at The Connaught and had afternoon tea…my gluten free version was a disaster with a capital D.  Due to that afternoon tea at The Connaught, I decided upon the New Years Resolution for 2013 to find the best place for afternoon tea.

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If you’re wondering how bad then imagine G getting served his sarnies and scones and me still waiting for the gluten free sandwiches to arrive thirty minutes later…and then neither of us receiving our pastries…it was that bad.  So of course, prior to our recent afternoon tea G told me to expect the worst…this is G’s favourite hotel in the whole of London but I call it Fawlty Towers!

Sandwiches

First impressions of these gluten free sarnies weren’t good…the bread was super thick however the bread wasn’t too bad when I was scoffing them.  The fillings had a festive flavour to them however I will be honest and say they didn’t rock my socks off.  G couldn’t understand why they were serving up a Festive themed afternoon tea in November.

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Scones

The scones looked really good and I can confirm that they passed my scone test with flying colours – they were easy to cut into, they didn’t break any teeth and were rather tasty.

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The preserves were all jams which I was really happy to see…I’m not a lover of lemon curd with my scones – who actually likes lemon curd with their scones?  Hands up please!

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Pastries

The gluten free pastries had a christmas twang to them which consisted of a ginger slice, chocolate bomb and a festive macaron.  Unfortunately a few of the pastries were a bit dry.

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I found them all a bit disappointing compared to what was offer for the gluten eating monsters…where was my little snowman…

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…but the macaron was rather yummy…I may have started eating it before realising I hadn’t taken a photo of the festive delight!

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For the Gluten Eating Monsters

G was rather happy with his afternoon tea but said his scones were rather average.

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Tea

I went for the Floral Jasmine Tea which I would highly recommend as I find it compliments afternoon tea rather well…my trip to Hong Kong has made me a Jasmine Tea drinker.

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Twenty questions with my tea cup…who, what, where?

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Atmosphere

The Espelette is a rather elegant destination for afternoon tea and it’s not touristy so you don’t feel rushed in any way.

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Service

Our service was wonderful and there were no issues with my gluten free afternoon tea requests.   I had one little bugbear which was my coat, I would have liked this to have been taken to the cloak room rather than hung over my seat – yes I’m picky but five star prices demands five star service.

Snooping around The Connaught

It’s Christmas time and I love how the inside of The Connaught is decorated…don’t get me started again over the Christmas tree outside!

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A few years ago we stayed for two nights over the Christmas period and had a rather pleasant stay…I highly recommend the Connaught Suite as it’s just gorgeous but a rather pricey (starting at £2,200 per night).

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Would I recommend the afternoon tea at The Connaught? – the gluten free afternoon tea has definitely improved from when I first tried it back in 2012 (this time I received all my afternoon tea!) and I would recommend however I would say that the gluten free afternoon tea at Claridge’s (their sister property) is definitely a lot better.

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Have you visited The Connaught for afternoon tea – what are your thoughts?

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xx

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