OK so sometimes I do strike it lucky!
I won an afternoon tea for two at Marriot County Hall. Now, for those who don’t know where that is, County Hall is a rather fabulous building on the Thames just by Westminster Bridge that used to be home to the Mayor of London and the GLC.
And we had a table with a view in the Gilray Bar, out of the rain and crowds. Since it was the Jubilee weekend we chose the Jubilee blend tea, a perfect accompaniment to our sandwiches, scones and little cakes. The Marriot normally serves afternoon tea in the Library bar, but there was such a demand for the river view teas that the hotel was serving tea in what is normally rather a swanky cocktail bar. It must be fabulous in the evenings when the Houses of Parliament are lit up across the river.
This is not a restaurant review, but I do recommend the tea at the Marriot County Hall. The scones were the closest to perfection imaginable, freshly baked for us…and the sandwich selection was really nicely done, my favourite a smoked salmon rye bread finger. It was too much fun and too exciting an event to try writing up about the food though.
As it was, we got to see what must be the UK’s event of the century up close. Yes, we could (just) see the Queen. And, yes we could see her waving (at us of course, even when as in my photo she had her back to us). For me, the magic of the event was in the scale of things. A thousand boats, some really tiny – even kayaks and canoes – others magnificent, all making their way down the Thames. And, the Queen’s barge was splendid. It’s hard to describe and impossible to show through the photographs because it was just something that worked through scale.
Here’s wishing you all a happy Jubilee – I am sure the whole Nation is joining in congratulating the Queen on this most special weekend.
And, apologies for the slightly wonky photos! 🙂