Mary Poppins Afternoon tea at The Shard

"Winds in the east, mist coming in, Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin."
For me, you just can't beat the magic of Disney and when those Disney films originate from well-known books it's always going to be amazing. I have long been a fan of Mary Poppins and, with the new film out at the end of last year, I was lucky enough to be taken along by my mum to the Mary Poppins afternoon at The Shard to celebrate. 

The Shard itself, as I am sure you know, is already a pretty amazing building from the outside but making the journey to the 31st floor was amazing with, of course, some amazing views! The afternoon tea was served in Aquashard, with the staff dressed as characters from the books and films and the menus being displayed on mirrored frames the whole thing was magical. I loved the small touches of the printed illustrations on the plates and the medicine bottles to top up your prosecco.

The afternoon tea itself came out in beautifully planned stages. We began with a selection of savoury dishes including an egg and black truffle sandwich, a devon crab, cucumber and coriander brioche roll, a perfectly balanced ploughman sandwich and even a mini crumpet with smoked salmon and cream cheese. I am not usually one for egg but the egg and truffle sandwich was delicious and I loved the mix of the sweet brioche roll with the rich crab. 

Next, we started on the delicious selection of sweets which were presented on the most amazing stand, with Mary Poppins feet at the base and a very Mary Poppins umbrella at the top. 
The sweet selection ranged from Mrs Corry's gingerbread star and a 'back to front' zoo golden syrup tart which sat in a beautiful golden tin (all references to the original story). There was also a pink sponge which was deliciously soft and topped with fresh fruit and meringue pearls, and a chocolate and cherry tart with an edible flower in the shape of her hat. I loved all of the different tastes of the sweets but both mum and I struggled to finish every element. 

Next, the classic afternoon tea element of scones. There was a choice of both raspberry and plum jam with Cornish clotted cream. The scones came out warm in these unique bags and were crumbly and delicious.. and yes we are jam first people!

For the finale, we were brought, by a waitress dressed in a beautiful costume, candy floss on a striped stick to enjoy as we looked out over the night lights of London. We were lucky enough to have the perfect seats with a view over the Thames with the beautiful London bridge. However, as soon as the sun went down the rest of the restaurant wanted to have a look at our view too. So we had a stream of people coming in behind us, right as I was trying to get the picture with the candy floss (you might be able to spot a few in the picures below)

It was such an amazing experience not only for the food but the decorations, the view and of course the company and can only be described in one word. 


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