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Today, I used this tea set

Feeling a bit 1940s post-war years-duck egg blue, today.

Come on Spring.

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A bit spring'ish today.

Today, I used this tea set


Today, I used this tea set.

Feeling slightly spring’ish.    Very optimisticly….

I wonder if Lady Gaga would like these tea cups?

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Around the World in 80 Tea Rooms No. 3 The Ritz Hotel, London

No self respecting guide to tea rooms or afternoon tea could really be complete without The Ritz.  Designed by architects Charles Mewès and Arthur Davis,  It opened in May 1906, and its roll call is rather impressive… Charlie Chaplin (who needed 40 policemen to escort him through an army of fans), Anna Pavlova, the Aga Khan, Paul Getty, Tallulah Bankhead (who famously sipped Champagne from her slipper during a press conference in the 50’s), Sir Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle (who used the hotel for summit meetings during the 2nd World War), Judy Garland, Evelyn Waugh & Noel Coward.

Like its french counterpart- The Ritz Paris, the interior (including the Palm Court – above – where afternoon tea is served) was designed throughout in a neo classical style of Louis XV1 .

Royals (for whom there was a special bell to warn staff of their arrival) included, King Edward VII, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and King Alfonso of Spain and Queen Amelie of Portugal who met at the hotel.

The hotel was immortalised by Irving Berlin’s song ‘Puttin on the Ritz’ – Most famously sung by Fred Astaire,- however check out these other versions – including a very young Michael Jackson (late teens maybe?) with sister La Toya, Judy Garland, Gene Wilder & Teri Garr Clarke Gabel, Rufus Wainright and  my fave version with cool animation.


As you would expect – an array of traditional English sandwiches and scones.

  • Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
  • Ham Sandwiches
  • Chicken Sandwiches
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Mature Cheddar Cheese Sandwiches
  • Egg Mayonnaise Bridge Roll
  • Freshly Baked Raisin and Apple Scones with Cornish Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve
  • Assortment of Afternoon Tea Pastries
  • Ritz Chocolate Cake

The Ritz London,  150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7493 8181,

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Confeitaria Colombo, Rio de Jainero

The Russian Tea Rooms, New York.

Today, I’m using this tea set

Feeling rather blue’y, 1930s’ish today.

Today, I used this tea set

I was feeling a bit orangey, and a bit art deco’ey today.

The Staffordshire Potteries

If you ever wanted to know about the heritage behind English pottery, and just so happened to also be a lover of Film Noir/New Wave cinema of the 50s – then this short clip  is the perfect “history-lesson-of-the-Staffordshire-Potteries” for you.   Its taken from  a 1946 film called ‘Five Towns’.

This clip is taken from the Staffordhsire Film Archive – visit the site to see lots more vintage footage from the area http://www.filmarchive.org.uk/clips.htm

The most stylish, film-noir’esque  history lesson on the  Staffordshire Potteries you’re likely to encounter.    The opening clip from this 1946 film ‘Five Towns’ shows just where our teapots are produced.

Today, I used this teaset

At 110 yrs old technically I think this is more antique than vintage!