Friday, 16 June 2017

Day out at London's West End: M&Ms world

M&M's World, Leicester Sq, London



I am not an M&Ms fan but this is one of the most fun places in London. I mean gimmicks, toys, pretend buses and chocolate!! I bought M&Ms - no idea why but I felt I must buy them. They hypnotised me! It is such a fun shop with so much to look at. It is also probably one of the most Instagrammable shops in London!
 
 





The staff are very friendly and available to help.

I also bought their merchandise (really don't know why - the smell of chocolate in the air made me do it!) I now own an M&M blanket, a mug and a little backpack for baby!


It's a great place for kids.The bright colours and displays are so attractive for them (and adults!) but they will not leave without buying something!



 

 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Mad Hatters Tea at Sanderson

Mad Hatters Tea at Sanderson


 



I have a very mixed review about this. I love trying out afternoon teas at various London venues so obviously I had to try Mad Hatter's tea! I will try and breakdown my experience to give you a good idea:

1. Staff: This is what drove me into having mixed feelings about the place. The reception staff for registering your booking are plain patronizing and rude. the serving staff have not had any training in how to serve customers at a hotel restaurant. Inattentive and rude and frankly its the staff that put you off the experience.

2. Sandwiches: Not particularly great execution there. They look pretty but don't taste much of anything. I tried both the normal and vegetarian option and both are well below average. You can order more at no cost but this point was not made clear by our waiting staff. In fact, we only knew about it because we overheard the table next to us talking of it!

Vegetarian option


3.  Décor: I cannot fault it. The décor and table settings were lovely. The mad hatter china teapots with their cardboard crowns, the tea "potions", and even the sugar cube boxes were all very charming.



4. Tea:   There are special Sanderson's special Alice in Wonderland themed tea blends in "drink me" vials which you could choose from and can actually try multiple teas. However, you can also go for coffee or hot chocolate if you are not a tea-drinker. You can even change drinks at no additional cost.

5. Cakes and scones: The stand of  cakes and scones is simply beautiful. Most of the cakes tasted heavenly. I really like the little playing cards chocolate biscuits with jam hearts and the pocket-watch shaped macaroons.







I was disappointed to have only two scones between two people (yes for two afternoon teas!) That was a bit ridiculous. I am not sure whether you can order more scones as the waitress snapped at me when I asked her!


The whole experience takes around 2-3 hr if not longer but would have been a lot more pleasant if the staff were more attentive and courteous. Furthermore, the portions are a bit small for a pricey afternoon tea (Landmark Hotel's tea is around the same price and the portions are very generous). However, if you can order seconds it's fine though that information was not given to us at any time.









 
Chloe bag; Lanvin neckerchief; Ferragamo shoes
 
 
 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Ham House and Gardens

Ham House and Gardens
Ham St, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS

Ham House is 17th Century house in Greater London with stunning landscaped gardens and lovely Orangery Cafe.




At the Entrance to the Gardens






Ham House is a National Trust property only 10 minutes away from Richmond.
We had to cover the place in two trips as the main house was closed the first time (so I get to blog about two outfits - yay!). So, the property consists of a main house and the stunning gardens, which are perfect for toddlers to run around in!








Make sure the main house is open when you visit. The collection of paintings and textiles is definitely worth a look.














There is a "green room" on the first floor.. It is a tiny room but is truly marvellous. The collection of art and paintings are stunning. I was particularly captivated by a painting of Salome being presented with the head of John The Baptist - simply beautiful painting (though a very grim subject).

Salome being presented with the head of John the Baptist





The main hall upstairs and the library are also lovely rooms to visit and baby was particularly fascinated by the Globe in the Library!





Outside, there is lots to see in the gardens.

















Firstly, there is the kitchen garden with numerous herbs and 17th century plants, which have existed since at least 1653. Today it provides the Orangery café with produce - how amazing is that? The café menu is a bit disappointing so that is probably the only thing that I think they should improve on.

Orangery Café













Family Photo in the kitchen gardens


The gardens and terrace behind the house are stunning and you can bring your picnic there and just sit and chill! Perfect for summer weather.






Note that the house is closed during the winter months, and there are guided tours of selected rooms in February and March, before it opens between April and October. For complete opening times, click here.




Free parking is available in the small riverside car park. Pushchairs need to be left outside the house.

River walk outside Ham House and Gardens









Ham House Style Edit



 

Outfit 1


Jacket: Dolce & Gabbana
Jeans: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: Gucci





Outfit 2



Top: Oasis
Cardigan: Louis Vuitton
Jeans: Zara
Bag: Gucci
Shoes: Juicy Couture