Thursday, May 24, 2012

Guest Blogger: Alexandra from Destinations Perfected


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of her reign, will be celebrated in England over a four-day weekend from June 2-5. For Brits (and Londoners, like myself), this is one of the biggest events of the year. London city streets are already lined with British flags, store windows are showing their patriotic red, white and blue union jack colors, and neighborhoods are busy planning block-long street parties.


So what is the most famous British tradition you can think of? Afternoon tea! I recently toured the newly refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at the famous department store Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. The room is filled with beautiful sea foam green and tiffany blue colors (just what we love at House of Turquoise) and was created by the world famous interior designer David Collins. Designed to imitate a Georgian drawing room with subtle architectural reminders of Fortnum’s early days in the 1700s, the tea salon was opened by HM the Queen accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker Bowles) and the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton).

















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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Funny the first picture, don't you think? All three in the row, by the "grade" and by height.

ci said...

All that British turquoise is just THE BEST!! so pretty and the Royal ladies look beautiful. Thanks for the very interesting and fun post and photos.

LoveFeast Table said...

I'm loving London anything right now! Of course it may have to do with the fact my son is over there visiting and my brother and family live there.
~Kristin

Linda @ bushel and a pickle said...

This is so pretty. I recall with a yearning when the best department stores in town had the best "lunch" room filled with understaed elegance and excellent food. they were in fact destination resturants.

Cyndia said...

I would love to be in London right now. The pics you showed are wonderful. The bar intrigued me; is that Wedgewood under it? Sure looks like it! Wow!
I thin Camilla needs a stylist. That suit is huge on her and that style is atrocious.

ai said...

I love all of this, the room is so beautiful.

I'm shocked that London's hordes of immigrants will allow the British flag to be flown. Those flags will be removed at the first opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely LOVE Fortnums - was there on a trip with my husband last May and will there in July with the whole family, if just to take in the renovations. Earl Grey Tea and Turquoise please!

SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful turquoise table settings!

zoomindia said...

Awesome picture..n turquoise
House
describe with such a royal food...Royal ladies looks stunning..

Christy Davis said...

love these images...gorgeous interiors!

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Marsha said...

Fun post. Do you think their personal assistants call each other to see what everyone is wearing. I'm putting Fortnums on my to go list.

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David Paul said...

Nice sharing! I am a food love and must want to try their food services after completing my niagara falls trip. Their food services seem yummy.

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