Harrods and High Tea

Having slept extra late today, we scratched our museum itinerary in favor of a trip to Harrods, a walk through Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens and high tea at The Orangery where I discovered my love of cucumber sandwiches. The Orangery was built at the beginning of the 18th century for Queen Anne and acted as a sort of greenhouse for Kensington Palace. Because I again forgot to bring my iPhone on today’s adventures, today’s picture isn’t of the store, the parks or the palace.

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12 Responses to “Harrods and High Tea”


  1. 1 Terry May 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Hooray! High tea! Did you try hot milk in your tea? Very very good! I know you skipped the clotted cream..but did Aaron try it?

  2. 2 gwendolyngarden May 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    M&S! G&T in a can! Why don’t we have that here?

  3. 3 Terry May 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Sorry for this US news insert but since you went to Bath I thought it a necessary tidbit: besides the coolness of having clerked for Marshall, Elena Kagan re-reads Pride and Prejudice every year!! We won’t just have a wise Latina on the bench but now an Austenite too!! Hooray!

  4. 4 Kateandgracie May 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    A Janeite? Oh dear. I must change my opinion of Kagen, it seems.

    Unfortunately for ne, I’d written a longer post but it was lost. iPhone blogging is kinda rough. Anyway, in the lost post, I mentioned that Aaron did try the clotted cream. He said it tasted like butter.

    G&T in a can is genius. Too bad this country doesn’t have ice.

  5. 5 Aaron May 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I had the clotted cream. It was delicious. Like butter, but much better for a scone (scon). As for Ms. Kagen, not that you asked, but I have reservations quite apart from her literary tastes. Bath was lovely. Stratford too, except for the german kids with the airhorn. What the what?

  6. 6 Raoser May 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Harrods is so fabulous and decadent and ridiculously wonderful. I’m glad you guys slept in. It sounds like with all the sight-seeing, you needed to slip a little vacation into your vacation!

    While I completely understand you not eating the clotted cream, I’m so envious of A. I think I lived on currant scones while I was there. Those and McVitties plain chocolate digestives with afternoon tea… perfection. Far more appealing than the hard, crumbly chocolate chip cookies they sell at Starbucks with their silly frapuccinos.

  7. 7 gracieandkate May 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    S, that reminds me – I can’t believe I don’t know this – what neighborhood did you live in?

  8. 8 Kristin May 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I love clotted cream. Yum. I want clotted cream and G&Ts in a can for dinner. Thank you.

  9. 9 Raoser May 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, that’s because I didn’t live in London. I was in Egham, Surrey County. We just always took the train in anytime we weren’t in class. Ah, Royal Holloway- which incidentally, was also the name of a women’s prison. That made for some awkward misunderstandings.

  10. 10 Rebecca May 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Your travels are bringing back memories from a time that was probably before you were born. Very cool. Never did high tea. Always had the low stuff at my student housing place – always had tea, though. Beans with your breakfast?
    And, your reservations aside, while I do not read Pride & Prej. every year, it is my most repeatedly read book. Gotta expand my horizons.
    Cheers you two! I want G&T’s in a can, too.

  11. 11 gracieandkate May 11, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Rebecca, I meant I may have to change to a favorable opinion of Ms Kagen due to her book of choice. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. Her stock has just gone up in my book!

  12. 12 Terry May 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

    And while I am terribly excited to hear about her delightful choice of reading–in fact, I am now willing to cut her an enormous amount of slack– I have to say I am unfamiliar with whatever other book she evidently read and re-read since about age 12. Seems like the book must have had a title like “How to absolutely and carefully mute on any topic in order to become a Justice.” Still– good choice of literature, but maybe she chose the wrong character to model??!


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