Flying Red, White and Blue with Lady Mendl’s tea in hand
Oh my goodness, the view out from Hôtel les Ottomans looks absolutely divine! It is firmly on my to-travel list. I actually do have a family wedding to attend in Istanbul next month so I may have to work in some time for a Raki on the terrace at least, with all those passing Turkish yachtsmen it would be a crime not to.
Leaving Florida was terrible, I think next time I visit I need to stay for much, much longer – especially as I may have accidentally purchased enough J-Crew dresses and shirts to last me a lifetime.
I managed to ease the blow of checking-out of the gorgeous Pillars Hotel by swinging by the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach for a fabulous lunch in their Leopard Lounge before heading to the airport for my flight to one of my favourite cities in the world, New York. However this time it was more than the glitzy restaurants and incredible shops that have brought me back – I have just found out that I have a rather famous ancestor whose legacy still very much lives on today, celebrating another one of my favourite past-times – afternoon tea!
Her name was Lady Mendl and her legendary afternoon teas are now served daily in the beautiful Inn at Irving Place hotel, in her very own tea-room! Can you believe my ancestors loved an afternoon Earl-Grey as much as me?!
I must admit that I did end up indulging in a tad more than just a cup of tea – well it would have been rude not to, how could I turn down those immaculate finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream?!
The Lady Mendl tea-room at Inn at Irving Place is the ultimate quintessential English haven in the heart of the big bad New York City, so for any Brits after that little piece of home whilst in NYC – this is the place. Even the décor could have been plucked straight from an English stately home.
I even managed to honour my patriotism in true red, white and blue style by watching the Olympics opening ceremony from the beautiful lounge bar by wearing my new Stella McCartney navy satin heels, McQueen white pencil dress and a dash of Burberry’s new rouge to finish. Couldn’t have been more patriotic if I’d have been Kate Middleton herself! The opening ceremony was incredible – James Bond parachuting in with the Queen?! Inspired! Team GB are putting in a tremendous effort, I’m so proud. We have been promised a few more gold later on – we will have to wait and see – I’ll even be back to catch a couple of events myself, very exciting! See you on the other side!