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Well, here we are excitement mounting as time ticks towards the largest flotilla seen on the Thames for 300 years. As we huddle in the crowd and the 1952 news plays, it feels terribly British, flags and bunting at the ready. I confess all that is required now is a delightful and flavoursome warm cup of tea.

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Well, here we are excitement mounting as time ticks towards the largest flotilla seen on the Thames for 300 years. As we huddle in the crowd and the 1952 news plays, it feels terribly British, flags and bunting at the ready. I confess all that is required now is a delightful and flavoursome warm cup of tea.

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Jubilee afternoon tea at the Langham London

The original grand hotel, the Langham is doing its bit to join in the Jubilee celebrations with its diamond jubilee tea.  
What is even better is that they are holding the cost of tea to when the hotel first opened it doors in 1865. Oh dear, I thought, my imagination running wild at the prospect of  either being trampled in the rush or face a quite enormous queue on Sunday 10th June. Well, I need not have had a moments apprehension as the Langham has arrived at a quite splendid solution – you need to make a request to  apply for a reservation. How terribly civilised I thought! Just the proper thing for where the tradition of afternoon tea was born.
Now, my dears, at this stage I feel I do need to mention there are some other mandatory requirements for this special tea – and it is that you must wear a hat & a “whimsical touch of pink”. Well, I thought, I will hardly require too much persuading on that front – quite far from a hardship!  Tea with Mary Kate’s only dilemma is if chosen will be what hat to wear! Wish me luck my dears – applications required before 31st May 2012 – how thrilling!

Vintage Afternoon Tea wearing a splendid hat - postcard image from Eyedeal postcards

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