Birthdays, as you get older what becomes of them? You don’t need gifts, you don’t need a party with streamers and hats. You don’t even really want everyone knowing how old you are. But no matter how modest, no one wants their birthday to go past unnoticed. A small celebration is necessary. After all, we’ve successfully survived another year of what life throws at us and all the joys that come with it.
My birthday happens to coincide with one of my dearest friends, so instead of buying gifts, throwing a party, or letting it disappear for another year we went for afternoon tea with the third member of our little friendship group.
I was having too much fun to take many pictures, but you can see the plethora of cake and treats on the top tier, our scones snuggly staying warm in a napkin below and what was a plate full of sandwiches!
I cannot recommend The Bingham highly enough, the staff were delightful, the setting beautiful (especially as we could sneak peeks and the wedding outside), food decadent and tea expertly poured. As for the company, well I’m not sure this afternoon tea could have come any closer to perfection!
Our server met our every needed, even making sure we were happy with the temperature (it was a hot day) and offering to move us if necessary. He also served our Earl Grey with lemon, just how I like it, it’s how it should be served but so many places these days give you milk and look at you oddly if you ask for lemon slices. Always ask though because they have them available for cocktails.
I’m a little bit obsessed with their beautiful bespoke china too, you can just about see it’s delicate blue flowers in these pictures. I really would like some for myself. When I booked I mentioned we were there for a birthday celebration, so we had this lovely surprise too:
The Bingham is a lovely boutique hotel in Richmond Upon Thames, and the view from afternoon tea over looks the Thames. After what I saw, if I was looking for a wedding venue, this would certainly be it! I can’t wait to take other friends here for afternoon tea, whose birthday is it next?I was not paid or asked to write this review, nor was I given anything for free. I simply loved it and wanted to share it with you. Follow this blog with bloglovin