I’ve never been to one of The Ivy restaurants before but had heard good things.
It’s also been ages since I’ve been for afternoon tea and I do love a good one so I was really looking forward to it.
Before going to meet the girls I went for a walk around Bond Street, Knightsbridge and Chelsea with my dad.
In typical London weather, it was absolutely pissing it down, so I was more than grateful to head inside and dry off!
The interior is lovely and welcoming – the perfect place to thaw out.
My first impression was of how gorgeous the interior of The Ivy City Garden is.
Beautiful antiqued mirrors on the wall, ornate stained glass windows and painted murals.
It’s really beautiful.
Of course, the highlight of the decor is the gorgeous open aired bar and garden which, given the rain, was closed over for our visit.
That being said the rest of the decor was delightful – I loved the big stone elephant, 1930s art deco feel and the tropical touches.
It’s quite eclectic but really works – and is a lovely space to sit and relax with friends.
Side note: the toilets are stunning (those tiles!) – and I do love a good tile ha!
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The menu includes a selection of delicious sounding cocktails (of course being preggers I couldn’t try those!)
I stuck to a peach and elderflower iced tea.
There’s also a selection of 13 tea blends to choose from. I picked the afternoon tea blend which was quite a light black option.
Afternoon tea itself had a nice selection of sweet and savoury pieces.
The cucumber and dill sandwiches and creme brulee doughnut were the definite highlights for me.
My only complaint would be that the size of the table we were given really didn’t let itself to an afternoon tea set up for 3 people.
We had to keep moving our drinks to the space behind our seats.
And the staff had to hover around removing plates as soon as they were finished with.
There simply wasn’t enough room to be comfortable, which was a real pity.
I’ve already decided I have to go back as the gentleman a couple of tables over from us had the melting chocolate bombe which looked incredible!
That wasn’t part of the afternoon tea menu so I’ll definitely be visiting again to try some options from the main menu.
We left feeling pretty full (no dinner needed!) and having had a really lovely afternoon tea at The Ivy City Garden.