I was in London a few days ago so I took advantage of my time there to hit up a few literary spots, one of them being the Oscar Wilde Bar that serves a luxurious afternoon tea. What could be better than drinking some custom blended teas in a beautiful setting that was once frequented by one of my favourite authors? Nothing much, which is why I was so excited to indulge in this (admittedly very expensive) experience.
I absolutely loved The Picture of Dorian Gray, so it was a great treat for me to sit in one of the rooms that Wilde frequented when he was alive. And my husband and I were in no rush, we spent about two and a half hours there, sampling different teas and enjoying the live piano music. In fact, I whipped out my book and read for a good fifteen minutes to fully bask in the literary atmosphere, and the staff didn’t seem irritated that we were the last to leave. People always ask how I get so much reading done – it’s because I literally take a book everywhere I go, even sightseeing with my very understanding husband!
Afternoon tea is a ritual I wish more Canadians partook in. What a civilized way to live! Tiny little sandwiches and beautifully designed pastries are such a delight when you don’t have to make them yourself, especially when you can easily hold a book in one hand, and a treat in the other.