My mother and I were traveling. From three days in Brussels and Brugges to three days soaking up London. Our days would get busy quickly, but I thought it might be nice to introduce my mom to London by going to a district to experience, too: Covent Garden. A high tea and stroll around Covent Garden sounded like a great afternoon.
I surprised my mom, so I don’t know if she’d thought up many expectations other than delight. But I’d had a little time to think about it. I knew there were many, many places to have high tea and that I could have read reviews of different ones forever, but I chose a recommendation from my hotel and reserved a table for us at 4:30pm (which is when I choose to think is the perfect time).
B Bakery exceeded my expectations.
It was charming! The decor was whimsical, pink and chic; both the artistry, the mismatched, perfectly delicate china and the pastries.
It was a girly, feminine, luxurious experience of one tantalizing pastry and finger sandwich after another.
Then scones. With clotted cream and jam.
So Totally. Decadent.
So Totally A Vision of our Perfect British Life.
So Totally A Perfect Mother-Daughter/Girlfriend/Traveler’s Afternoon in London.
Would afternoon tea be on your London agenda?
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Afternoon tea was one of my favorite things to indulge in when I was studying in London! I’ve done both high-end ones and more whimsical, charming ones like these and both are wonderful in different ways. I’ve never been to this place in Covent Garden though, so would definitely want to check it out when I go back and visit. 🙂
I loved the whimsy of the decor. It felt a little like a girl’s tea party. 🙂
Never ‘done’ a posh afternoon tea. I know they are becoming extremely popular – an echo of more gentile times when the upper classes used to bridge the hours before a late dinner. I hear that you can pay a fortune for tea in the top London and Dublin hotels. I’ll stick to a sandwich.
It’s a fun experience, for sure. Especially if it’s not something one can do in their own part of the world. I like a sandwich, too, and the finger sandwiches in this tea were quite tasty!
This is a huge bucket list item of mine- to have afternoon tea in London. I love afternoon tea and I’ve had it several times, but I want to have it in London. This looks like the perfect place and I LOVE all the pink!! Hopefully going to London in the spring with my mom so this is great timing!
Do it, Heather! It’s such a great mother-daughter outing and this place was charming! Lots of shops to wander around before and after, too.
Ooh I loved reading about this – in particular because I went on their afternoon tea bus tour back in 2015. I have to say the service was extremely poor but the food that I did get (they’d run out of gluten free scones, even though they have you mark it on your reservation which we’d made weeks in advance) was good. However since then I think B Bakery has exploded in popularity and I’ve read so many positive reviews. However I’d never read one about their brick and mortar location before, and it looks so cute! I would definitely be up for giving them a second chance 🙂
I debated the bus tour, but decided to try that another time. I wanted to focus on the “tea” itself and saved sightseeing for a separate experience.
YES! Afternoon tea would most certainly be on my agenda when visiting London! I always try to make tea at home, but then never make a proper tea I suppose. Guess I better start looking up videos or something on how to make a proper tea.
I could never duplicate this experience at home. I’m not sure I’d even try. 🙂
I love the idea of high tea and so wish I could go with my mom too. Will have to arrange a time and toast to her. Wish it could be in Covent Garden!
A girlfriends’ excursion is nice, too. And you can still toast your mom.
This makes me miss London so much! I lived in south London for a few years and loved bringing visitors to afternoon tea. I also loved having scones/jam/cream on hand in the house!
I would miss this, too!
Afternoon tea is just so adorable. Next time I’m in England, I’m finding a vegan afternoon tea if it’s the last thing I do! I love all the pink food items too!
I’m sure there are plenty of options and I have no doubt you’ll find them!
I have a low carb lifestyle, so there probably isn’t a lot I can eat at English tea time, except the cucumbers out of the sandwiches and maybe the clotted cream (if they don’t add sugar) but I have always been impressed with how beautiful the food is. It truly is a treat!
There probably isn’t much you could eat, but even having tea in such a cute little place is fun.