Need a bit of inspiration this Mother’s Day? Then you have come to the right place!

My mother is one of the most important persons in my life – and when she visits me in London, we usually have a day out, where we do something special together. I don’t get to see my mother as often as I would, so it is important for us to have some quality time, when she is visiting from Denmark

The first time my mother stepped into The Drawing Room at Brown’s Hotel she fell in love – and I understand why…

Welcome to stunning Brown’s Hotel – a luxury hotel based in Mayfair, established in 1837 and now owned by Rocco Forte Hotels

Brown’s Hotel is noted for its traditional English Victorian sophistication fused with a contemporary feel. It is the ideal place for luxury travellers – and The Drawing Room a must-visit for a real British Afternoon Tea experience

The stunning Drawing Room serves one of the most famous Afternoon Teas in London and was awarded a Commended certificate at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2019

If you ask me, there are afternoon teas – and there are afternoon teas fit for a queen. As Queen Victoria loved to take her Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, in the elegant drawing room, I thought that my mother would be thrilled having “the same” experience (being a queen herself). I mean – that would make me a princess, right?

So the Queen and the princess went to have Afternoon Tea in a classic London tea room – a place where quintessentially English sensibilities and modern sophistication harmonise, and I loved every minute!

“Champagne?” “Mais oui, bien sur!” 

Accompanied by live piano music, guests can enjoy either Traditional or Tea-Tox (a fully gluten-free selection with dairy-free desserts and healthy twists on the classics) at The Drawing Room. We went for the traditional version 

No where else, I would rather be than right here with my mother!

As pretty as it gets!

The finger sandwiches: Smoked salmon, cream cheese and poppy seeds, truffled burford brown egg mayonnaise, roast ham and piccalilli ketchup (they had me at “truffled”…)

My favourite plate… Mini bagel with smoked coronation chicken, Ploughman’s tartlet and brioche with prawn mayonnaise (oh, so good!)

Tea lover? Take your pick from over 17 teas! In doubt about which one to choose? Do not worry, the hotel’s tea sommelier is right there to assist with your choices, and he did a great job guiding us through black tea, oolong, white tea, green tea, herbal infusions, seasonal teas and Brown’s own blend

Freshly baked plain and sultana scones…

 – served with homemade strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream! That strawberry jam was heavenly – and I am not even a jam-person! 

A magnificent selection of cakes… We were offered a second, but we needed to make room to taste these little beauties – and were NOT disappointed: Rhubarb mille feuille, Salted caramel and Tahitian vanilla tart, Milk chocolate and passion fruit roulade, Hazelnut and banana paris brest and Blood orange and dark chocolate delice. I can’t really say, which one was the best – as they were all so delicious 

Treats to take home! Frenchie was very pleased with this! 

 I loved the little box with leftover goodies!

Speaking of goodies… Before leaving, we were gifted with a beautiful 100ml bottle of Irene Forte body oil and 15% discount at The Spa at Brown’s Hotel. The perfect way to end Mother’s Day!

Bonus-info: Brown’s Hotel has some serious English, and international, history behind it. It was London’s very first hotel, opening in 1837 – the same year that Queen Victoria succeeded to the throne. Many famous people have stayed and dinned at the hotel – Victorian writers Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker (just three of the regular visitors at the time). The hotel was even the location for the first phone call in Europe by Alexander Graham Bell while he stayed. The first meeting of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Awards) was held at the hotel with Laurence Olivier in attendance and Princess Elizabeth visited to take tea in 1951, two years before she was crowned Queen. Want to know more? Read here 

When you love a hotel as much as I love Brown’s Hotel there is always one thing, that troubles me… I don’t want to leave! This place just makes me feel so happy, warm and comfortable. The staff is wonderful and the food amazing. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to leave after an overnight stay! I would move in immediately if I could!

My mother and I had a wonderful day here – and we will for sure be back again. In times like these, it is important to enjoy life as much as possible, take care of yourself and the people you love 

Happy Mother’s Day 2020!

Louise x

We were invited as guests at Brown’s Hotel. All opinions are as always my own