Afternoon tea with AlTEAtude!

For months on end we all thought the same thing – have they finished it yet? That spikey top that just looked perpetually unfinished. Little did we know, that was the artistic ingenious of it – the top is meant to look like ‘shards’ of glass piercing the skyline of London. I get it. It’s…

The Tiny Teapot

The Tiny Teapot 23 High St, Biddenden, Ashford TN27 8AL 07817 375475 So it has been a while since I have posted a review about local places that serve some finger-licking-good sandwiches, some scrummy scones and some tempting treats. This most certainly doesn’t mean that I haven’t been hopping around, it just means I have…

I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Sanderson 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG It is fair to say that my trip to the Sanderson Hotel for afternoon tea was long overdue. I had been waiting to experience the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for what seemed like forever. Yet, ‘how long is forever? Sometimes just…

Price(-y)less indulgence!

The Berkeley Wilton Place, Knightsbridge London SW1X 7RL Now that we are solidly into the colder and darker autumn months everything seems that little bit harder. The early mornings, the late nights, drizzle and darkness make everything that ickle bit more complicated. Balancing bags and umbrellas on the tube enclosed by icky condensation-steamed windows is…

No plan survives contact with the enemy…

Nothing ever really goes to plan, right? Well, thats what German military strategist Helmuth von Moltke also thought when he quite bluntly put it that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. Translated into simpler terms for us lesser beings, everything we try hard to plan quite generally always goes to pot! This is something I…

Blooming Beaches 

Whilst it is supposedly summer here in the UK, the other side of the globe is in the middle of winter.  I did have initial reservations about travelling to Australia during the cooler months but even though it was cold in Sydney, it had nothing on our drizzly grey British January. The clear blue skies left you with that…

Down under!? More like above and beyond! 

For those who have been following @hopscoff on Instagram and Facebook you would have clocked that I have spent the last month in Oz. Finally with some decent internet and a bit of time on my hands I am able to begin to share some Aussie news and this brings me right back to Sydney……

In or out?

Undoubtedly the most topical question of today is Brexit or Bremain? Should Brits have their brew inside the comfort of their home or outside!? 😉 Ah gotcha! Tea drinking is not only a daily custom but an hourly one where kettle-switch-flicking can become a workout for (so)me! But the grand question is, is a home-brewed cuppa better than…

Ice dreams!

I am beginning to surrender to the fact that tea is not so easily traceable in Greece. This having been said it is known world-wide for its coffee. In fact the Greeks are the ones Australia has to thank for the big coffee culture boom that has hit the country in recent years. I am…

How d(ely)ghtful!

Peacock’s Tearoom 65 Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU 01353 661100  Leaving ‘the bubble’ is something that happens on the rare occasion during a Cambridge term but if the moment shall arise one cannot help but feel a sudden rebellious sensation bubbling from within. Now that I have entered the exam free realm I can venture away…

Simply the best: Roger, Lymington and the 4-second rule

Among this week’s hopscoff destinations was Lymington, one of the southernmost towns of the New Forest. This vast area of woodland thrives with tourists all year round benefiting from the expansion of greenery, which lends itself to both wellie winter hikes and flip-flop summer strolls. The New Forest is therefore, by default, renowned for its…

Fortnum and Mason

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER www.fortnumandmason.com  020 7734 8040 Although my love for Afternoon Tea is unquestionable, my actual experience with the posh grand affair is somewhat restrained. The novelty of using a fine china teacup and saucer with a strainer that you always forget about and end up getting bits of…