As featured in The Lady Magazine
Once you step into The Ritz, you will remember it forever. From the gilded 24 carat gold ceilings to the impeccable plush floral carpet there is something seductively enticing about this iconic hotel, which opened in 1906. I am here to view a selection of the private rooms as well as indulge in one of the hotels famous afternoon teas, of which they serve around 400 per day! In 2002, The Ritz was awarded the ‘Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services’ by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and walking through the hotel I certainly did get an essence of regal living whilst the salmon pink, crème and gold interior gave it the comfort of being luxuriously cosy.
The hotel is inspired by antique style architecture and entering the private dining salon I felt like indeed, I was having a feast for my eyes! In the impressive William Kent House, the Grade II listed mansion adjoining the hotel, there is original Italian Renaissance style décor with an intricately painted gold, blue and red coved ceiling of which I could just imagine the dinners and events it has witnessed. I was glad I had brought my mum along as she loves décor and interiors and was more than happy to view the beautiful rooms!
We also visited the Trafalgar Suite (you may remember it as featured in the film in Notting Hill) which has a pink marble bathroom (my absolute dream!) whilst the large suites and bedroom areas were decorated in the most exquisite furnishings overlooking Green Park. The best part was that you could hear a pin drop with absolutely no outside noise whilst I secretly fell in love with the classic ‘R’ which was embellished on many of the furnishings.
Next my mum and I entered the Palm Court, accompanied by a live piano, gold-edged mirrors and sparkling chandeliers. The Ritz is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giancomenico Scanu who finds the finest teas from around the world. We had a choice of 18 loose-leaf teas and the Ritz Royal was a clear winner for us! We were also placed in the perfect spot being directly in the center by the mirrors- what better place to people watch and enjoy a quintessentially English tea?
Our tier soon arrived with beautifully presented classic cut English sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a mouth-watering range of exquisitely presented pastries and teacakes. We were treated to an afternoon of music and good conversation whilst the forget-me-not bone china teacups we drank from were from the coveted William Edwards set.
The best way to describe an afternoon tea at The Ritz is being transported to another world. Where time stands still, where you have an abundance of time to relax in a beautiful setting and where the friendly service is so impeccable you will hardly notice when they place another plate of sandwiches on your tier- More tea anyone?
Well, it’s been go, go , go over at ABK HQ of late! So this is a little belated post to you to celebrate the beauty of Christmas and the end of 2017. Hope you are getting in the festive spirit and ready for a little relaxation wherever you are.
Wow! This year turned out different to what I expected! In a good way though and can’t wait for all the new changes that will be starting in the new year (including a totally revamped blog too!)
In the meantime do follow me on Instagram @annettekellow and over at lady.co.uk where I write my weekly column as Young Ladies About Town.
Here are a couple of snaps from a recent shoot, by the gigantic bauble at Goodge Street- if you haven’t checked it out, it’s a must and total photo worthy! Wearing a stretchy knitted Reiss dress (perfect for Christmas dining too lol!)
Merry Christmas, may you have a lovely time with all.
We all need a bit of TLC when the cold nights set in and even the most vintage enthusiast of us may want to have a bit of a warmer look. So I went in search of comfy versus vintage chicness. Of course, I headed to the shop I am OBSESSED with; Marks and Spencers.
I’ve always loved this shop and from the pyjamas down to the shoes (and who can forget the food!) so to me the quality is second to none. So the whole outfit (apart from the shoes which are Louboutin) is Marks and Spencers. Team with my dog and Notting Hill, I was in pure heaven!
Also I love how these prints are actually clashing but sort of work together- have you ever tried that? Would love to see your looks for Autumn and how you make comfortable feel fabulous!
The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter and well, it’s basically winter. Most people freak out when this hits, talking and dreaming of warmer days but I actually love the winter and looking forward to Christmas.
So in true party season style, I’ve picked out my first sparkly dress, and this silver number is hot off the press from Marks and Spencer.
Its very fitting with still high quality fabric and tucks you in at all the right places (hello granny pants to keep you warm!) I love that it is a 50’s esque style and is a pencil dress so works perfect for a Christmas party or more intimate affair.
Below are some photos I shot at John and Jessie on Kensington Church Street. They are the most beautiful florist in West London and very close to Notting Hill Gate. I strongly recommend an outing and Jessie herself was extremely accommodating!
How are you getting into the party spirit so far? Would love to see your purchases and know of your plans! Xxx
Recently I had the pleasure of trying the new Fifi Chachnil 50’s playsuit which is adorned with the sweetest polka-dots. I love the Peter Pan collar with it whilst I think polka-dots are great for all seasons.
So here’s my round up of fall fashion in the best of 5- all in a polka-dot style and vintage inspired….Enjoy! Xxx
1- Fifi Chachnil
4- Marks and Spencers
5- Derek Rose