London with Mom

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Brunch with Mom

To celebrate my mom’s birthday early, we headed to London for the day! London may seem far away from Antwerp, but by train it’s actually only a 2 hour ride! This was my mom’s first time in London, so we did a full day of sight-seeing, ending on a high note with afternoon tea at Claridge’s.

We arrived at St Pancras International in King’s Cross and headed directly to Granary Square for brunch at The Lighterman – one of my favorites! If you’vebeen following my blog for a while, you know I almost always come here when in London.

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The Lighterman

 

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Brunch with a view

 

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Eggs Florentine with a delicious juice

 

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Carrot apple ginger juice

 

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Mom’s avocado toast with poached eggs

 

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Bacon and portobellos

After brunch we went into Westminster City, walking through Green Park, visiting Buckingham Palace – where we saw Prince William! – seeing Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, etc.

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A lot of commotion outside of Buckingham Palace

 

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Prince William is in the back seat!

 

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A shame Big Ben is being repaired during our visit!

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Quick stop for tea to take back home!

 

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Warm welcome to Fortnum & Mason!

Now for the highlight of the trip – afternoon tea at Claridge’s. It was both of our first time having afternoon tea in London, so we needed to do it right! What an experience! The food and the tea were so delicious!

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Claridge’s

 

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The salon

 

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Starting off with champagne

 

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Such delicious sandwiches!

 

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From left to right: 1) Chamomile & cheddar scone, roast cauliflower, pickled walnut and sorrel 2) Dorrington ham, smoked tomato chutney, and watercress on onion bread 3) Clarence Court duck egg, mustard cress on white bread 4) Roast corn fed chicken, lemon thyme mayonnaise, gem lettuce on malt bread 5) English cucumber, buttermilk, French sorrel on white bread 6) Severn & Wye smoked salmon, brown shrimp butter, rock samphire on rye bread

 

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Cheers!

 

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Enjoying my champagne and sandwiches

 

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Raisin scones and plain scones with Cornish clotted cream and Marco Polo gelée

 

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The scones

 

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My favorite part of the afternoon tea!

 

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Perfection

 

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Time for the pastries

 

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Yum!

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