“Being soaked alone is cold.
Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.”
Emily Wing Smith
Emily Wing Smith
We love an afternoon tea at house Elf, and this one is a little special…its on a bus. That’s right afternoon tea on a Routemaster bus.
The bus takes you around the big sites of London starting at Victoria Coach Station. Heading past Big Ben, Harrods, The Royal Albert Hall, around the park and back through Piccadilly to Victoria station.
Elf tip: Make sure you book in advance, you can select the seats and table that you would prefer. We recommend paying the slightly higher price to sit on the upper deck, it is worth it.
We opt for the 5pm slot and climb on at Victoria Coach Station. We’re on the upper deck and settle in with the amazing spread in front of us. The team introduce themselves and take drink orders. Cold and hot options are available and are served in lid-ed cups which fit into sunken cup holders on the table to prevent spillages.
And we are off.
It is, slow. Delicious but slow.
We munch our way though sandwiches of all different kinds. Yum!
We make it to the Royal Albert Hall and the traffic gets the best of us so the bus makes a u-turn. Meanwhile we are on to the cake section. There are mini lemon tarts, mini chocolate muffins and little raspberry topped tarts. Everything is superb.
The whole thing is a great experience but:
Elf tip number 2: Don’t book during peak time, go for the 12:30 slot instead.
The whole afternoon tea is wonderful in any case. Cake, beautiful London, tea and the sights!
If you fancy booking in click here and always this is not a sponsored article.
A confession…I love Harry Potter. I’m a Potter Nerd.
In a wonderful and brilliant surprise birthday treat my lovely sister took me to the Warner Brother’s Happy Potter Studios.
I nearly vomited with excitement when I found out. Once I calmed down this is what we experienced.
Firstly, you need to book ahead. There are specific time slots and if you don’t book you will not get in. Also if you miss your time…you don’t get in! So we headed over to Watford in good time and caught the transfer bus from just outside the station. It is easy to find and only costs £2.50 return.
Once we arrive and collect our tickets, we are early so head in to the gift shop. Everything that you can imagine from the Potter world can be found in here. There are time-turners, Hogwarts uniforms (in all the house colours), chocolate frogs and wands!
Our time comes and we line up for the tour, I won’t give away any spoilers but the start of the tour is great! We the wander in the Great Hall (epp!!) and then out into the heart of the studios. There are costumes, sets, props, make up and interactive segments. At the moment the Forbidden Forrest is the new attraction and the explanations of how the creepy woods were created is really great.
Next we head into the food hall area and get our butter beer…I’m not sure about it to be honest…but butter beer ice cream! Yes, just yes!
Then we see some of the outdoor sets before heading back inside to the Hogwarts’ Express. It is worth the line to head in to the train and have a look, each of the carriages are dresses for the films that they appear in. On to the special effects area, so cool, real artistic genius.
And the end….well that is a surprise. Go see it.
Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan you should go, the information that is available about the ways in which the world is created is really interesting.
My little nerd heart is perfectly buzzing at the end of the experience and I can’t wait to go back.
This is one of my newest favourite quotes about traveling and I feel a beautiful truth within it. Feel free to leave your favourite quotes below as well.