England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 2 (Part 2)

November 11, 2013

After an incredibly enriching morning, it was time to experience the first proper English Afternoon Tea of our Trafalgar trip.  Honestly, this was the thing I was most excited about, as it is quite difficult to find good tea in my hometown and I am a huge fan of it.  En route to the restaurant I admired the gorgeous architecture that we encountered along the way.  I have always had a fascination with windows and doors.  I suppose it is because I love to daydream about what is happening behind them.  Are the people inside about to partake in an Afternoon Tea as well?

The restaurant in which we were visiting was located in The Chesterfield Mayfair.  This hidden treasure is part of the Red Carnation Boutique Hotel Collection — an assortment of luxury properties that Trafalgar has a deep and personal connection with.

A member of the prestigious organization, The Tea Guild, The Chesterfield Mayfair is committed to only serving tea that is of the highest specifications according to the United Kingdom Tea Council.  In fact, they have received an ‘Award of Excellence’ every year for the last three years in recognition of their superb quality of tea and standards of tea service.  What sets them apart from the rest is that while they still pay respect to the longstanding ritual of Afternoon Tea, they do offer some exciting variations on the original as well.  The menu consists of various teas with homemade cakes, scones, and pastries all prepared by Tom, the Chef Pâtissier.  Our special guest during this unforgettable experience was Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar’s global CEO, who shared with us his own insider tips and favorite spots throughout Britain.

London, England

Some of us were not ready to end the day just yet and decided that we should visit another Red Carnation property, the Egerton House Hotel, for what we were told were simply the best martinis in London.  I knew we had come to the perfect place, when Antonio, the infamous Italian barman, greeted us with a huge smile and said, “Would you like your martini dirty or filthy Signora?”

We chose a seat next to the fireplace and snacked on the best grilled cheese I have ever tasted.  Antonio prepared his ice cold martinis in front of us to assure our satisfaction.  He warned us, “Two is not enough and three is too many.  It is because of him that James Bond always orders a “shaken not stirred” martini, since he first served to Ian Fleming, James Bond’s creator, at a bar before it became the libation of choice for the world’s most famous spy.

What better way to end my short time in London, than with delectable drinks served by “Mr Martini”?  Antonio pours more than forty years of experience and charm into every single glass.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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46 thoughts on “England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 2 (Part 2)

  1. Melanie Fontaine

    I love experiencing London through your eyes! I went to Afternoon Tea not too long ago and it was a great experience that I hope to repeat in the future – this place is going on my list! 🙂

  2. Anwar

    I haven’t done proper high tea in the UK yet! I sorta did it at one of the department stores but not the same at a beautiful hotel. I have done it in many other countries oddly though (maybe cause its so much cheaper there 🙂 )

  3. Emily in Chile

    I love afternoon tea! I haven’t had it in London in far too long since I’m usually with Rodolfo, and his idea of a good time is not necessarily dropping serious cash on tiny sandwiches 🙂 Next time I’ll have to make it a priority.

  4. Bridget @ A Traveling B

    High tea looks amazing and so fitting in London! I will make it a priority when I visit next year. And martinis with “Mr. Martini” is not a bad way to cap off the day. Great post!

  5. Satu VW / Destination Unknown

    Right. Now I want my martinis served by Mr. Martini too!! I have loved all your images from the UK, my husband is British and we have spent lot of time together there. Next time, if you have the chance, don’t miss Devon and Cornwall in the west, they are the most beautiful counties in my mind… 🙂

  6. Jamie

    Antonio seems like my kinda man! I think I’ve said it a few times now but your photos are always just so incredible. I feel like I could put them in a pile and close my eyes and grab one and be happy to frame it and throw it up on my wall. I love the shot with homes all lined up. I hope you turn all these into a coffee table book one day


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