Bumping along on an open sided Routemaster bus is not the obvious place for afternoon tea, but BB Afternoon Tea and Rennie teamed up for a wonderful blogger’s event. The refurbished bus is a regular sight in London, taking tea drinking tourists on a unique experience which captures the heart of London and it’s landmarks.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Routemaster, it was the bus I caught to school from the age of seven, the open side meaning that if you’d cut it fine, you could still make that hair raising leap and get on the bus. Mr Glam and I were on the top deck, getting a fabulous birds eye view of the very crowded streets below, whilst enjoying a wonderful choice of sweet and savoury offerings.
It was the light mini mushroom quiche for me as we drove over Waterloo Bridge and on to the Houses Of Parliament. Delicious fresh cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches and smoked salmon Blinis went down a treat as we passed Harrods. A huge choice of tea and coffee was constantly refreshed, but we had been warned that there was no loo on board!
As we got to South Ken it was on to the cakes, choux buns filled with a sweet vanilla cream, tarts topped with berries and tiny cup cakes crowned with swirls and pearls. My first choice was the lemon meringue pie, tart, sweet and gooey, perfect. I raised a cake to the passengers on the bus pulled up beside us, who could only stare in envy.
Just as I was deciding which would be my last cake, the scones and jam came round. Golden, light scones the only dilemma, Cornish or Devon – Jam first then cream or cream first then jam, either way there was plenty of both. This was a really fun event and perfect for a birthday or just to show friends the classic sights with a generous tea. It was a great afternoon and despite the bumpy ride I didn’t need the speedy effects of Rennie to settle indigestion.
The BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus leaves from Northumberland Avenue, tea is £45 for adults and £35 for children. Check out their website for booking