ARTEA AT THE LANCASTER LONDON HOTEL

If you are looking to try a traditional afternoon tea with a difference, look no further than the ARTea Experience at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Set in the comfortable and more informal lounge bar, your afternoon tea experience will start with your choice from their varied menu of 14 teas from around the world. Once you have chosen your tea, sit back and relax and enjoy some of the art on the walls, from which the Lancaster London drew its inspiration from for the experience.

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The hotel itself is based in a leafy part of London, nestled between Paddington and Hyde Park, a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel is moving into a refurbishment, with work looking to be complete by August 2017, Although you do not have to be staying at the hotel to appreciate their afternoon teas!

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The price of the basic afternoon tea experience is £35 per person, a reasonable price for central London. You can upgrade your experience to include a glass of gin and tonic (£43.50) or a glass of champagne (£45). After sipping our champagne our chosen teas - the Pai Mu Tan and the English breakfast were brought over to us by the friendly waitress, along with n sand-filled hourglass brew timer, which indicates how long to allow your tea bags to infuse into the hot water!

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We then took delivery of our sandwiches, which are served first along with some delicious pastries. The sandwiches included smoked salmon on granary bread, roast English beef with horseradish, free-range Barradale Farm egg with wild cress on white bread, cucumber and rock salt on wholemeal bread, along with a warm tartlet of English asparagus. The sandwiches tasted fresh and flavoursome and were the perfect portion sizes, once we finished these we asked for our scones to be put in the oven - the wait was around 8 minutes and this was a great time to let our food go down. All the scones are made to order so they are fresh and warm as soon as they hit the plate

The scones were presented on a board styled like a paint palette, with the cream and jam contained within paint tubes which I loved. The whole spread was very artistic and set in an old art box, this was very unique and fitting for the setting.

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Once the scones had disappeared it was time to move on to the final course, the pastries, which had been tempting us since they arrived alongside the sandwiches. There was a varied selection of deserts including chocolate and honey lollypops, strawberry and rosewater panacotta, vanilla and hazelnut mousse in a macaroon, lavender eclair with white chocolate, and a lemon meringue tart with edible art.

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We had a truly great time at the Lancaster London and would highly recommend this experience. We were impressed by the warm service and expert advice in regards to their menu and selection of teas. If you are looking for a memorable afternoon tea with a difference, The ARTea is definitely an option to consider.

CANVAS AND CLOVER, A GIRLS WEEKEND IN WORCESTERSHIRE

Set amongst the picturesque countryside of Worcestershire, the Canvas and Clover Glampsite can be found just off the A443.

There is plenty of space for parking and as soon as you arrive, it takes you by surprise how big the immediate field is. The bell tents are arranged in clusters, dotted around the site - perfect if you are travelling in a group with friends or family. But each individual tent is set far enough apart for privacy if you are travelling as a couple.

The tents are beautiful and of very high quality, the main bed is a very comfy double bed with thick duvets and fluffy pillows! If more than two are sharing a tent then the owners will also provide up to two air beds, such as was in my tent, yet it still does not feel cramped at all.

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We were a party of nine so had three tents together, our tents were the furthest away so we were able to natter to each other without feeling like we were disturbing anyone else.

The bathrooms are located at the top end of the field and are equipped with good showers and toilet facilities. Even though the campsite was mostly full, we never felt like we were fighting for the bathrooms! There is no electricity in the tents themselves, but electricity supplies can be found in the bathroom block.

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Location wise, the Glampsite was perfect. Far enough away from the towns that you get the full country experience, but close enough to get out to pubs and restaurants. The trip into Worcester only took 15/20 minutes - so not an expensive taxi fare if you wanted to enjoy an evening in the city.

Overall we had an incredible time. The owners were fantastic, very friendly, coming ground to talk to everyone in the mornings to make sure everything was going okay. We also had some make-up artists come on site and the owners were happy with this.

Glamping is great if you want to sleep somewhere beautiful but do it a little differently! If you don’t mind being woken up by the sun and the sound of the sheep, then please do not hesitate to pay this wonderful Glampsite a visit.