I love my little blog and having my own sanctuary where I can come and document my adventures and the things I’m loving and doing. It also means I get to have some super fun experiences because of it, such as the other week when the babes at Farfetch contacted me and asked if I’d like to join them on a little adventure around London, checking out the Missoni Art Colour exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum followed by Afternoon Tea in the clouds at Aqua Shard. Yes please!
If you’re not familiar with Farfetch, please go check out their website as soon as you’ve finished reading this! EVERYTHING IS TO DIE FOR! Farfetch brings worldwide shopping right to you, with access to 400 carefully selected visionary fashion boutiques all over the world in one place, allowing you to shop the cream of the crop super simply and not having to pay extortionate customs or postage fees (or having to travel around the world to find the things you’re after) as you deal directly with Farfetch. Very clever! Farfetch sell over 1000 designers including huge fashion powerhouses Balmain, Dolce and Gabbana, Saint Laurent, and of course Missoni. Their bag collection is particularly lust worthy! See, I told you you’d want to check it out!
It was a beautiful bright sunny day in London – perfect for a trip up The Shard, so I was full of beans as I headed to the Fashion and Textile Museum to meet Dani from Farfetch, Lela from LelaLondon and Serene from I am Serene L, the other blogging babes who’d been invited along. We headed straight into the exhibition and all loved learning more about Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, their inspirations and creations. As well as the modernist art from Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini, which influences the house of Missoni, there were also sketches and work by Ottavio Missoni himself. It was so amazing to see the work that goes in to creating such stunning pieces and it was lovely to see some video footage of the designers talking about their work and why they choose the colours and patterns they do.
Also displayed were a selection of Missoni’s fashion masterpieces, including a stunning display of mannequins all clothed in the iconic graphic Missoni style. It was so amazing to see them all together with the dramatic prints and colours – total wardrobe goals! The exhibition runs until the 4th September so I definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance this summer.
The exhibition wasn’t as big as we’d anticipated so we had an hour to spare before our reservation for afternoon tea. We wandered down to the River, taking in the beautiful views of Tower Bridge and had a good old girlie gossip. It was so lovely to get to know the girls and it felt like we were old friends as we swapped stories about dating disasters and holidays, as well as learning more about each other’s blogs and the work Farfetch do. By the time we got to The Shard it felt like I was with three of my oldest gal pals – so nice! I’ve been to The View at The Shard before (read about that here) but had never visited any of their bars or restaurants, so I couldn’t wait to experience Aqua Shard’s Afternoon Tea.
It’s a really beautiful space, with wooden floors, neutral walls, mirrored columns and of course those stunning views out of the floor to ceiling windows! Unfortunately the tables right at the front of the windows are reserved for couples only, but we were sat just behind so still got to admire the amazing lookout over the City as we ate.
We started our Afternoon Tea by selecting our pot of tea, and I confessed to the gang that in all my 30 years I have never had a proper cup of English tea! (I am British I swear) Swayed by the lure of notes of chocolate and caramel, I decided upon the English Breakfast Single Origin. And I have to say – I really enjoyed it! And it’s true what they say – tea is really refreshing!!!! Who knew!
We were soon bought over a plate of delicate finger sandwiches – Staffordshire leg ham, grain mustard and Bermondsey hard cheese; Earl Grey tea smoked Loch Duart salmon, cucumber, Oscietra caviar and dill scented cream; chicken perfumed with lavender mayonnaise and Neapolitan – organic hen’s egg, smoked mustard cress. They were all so delicious but my favourite was definitely the Neapolitan – you can’t beat a classic egg sandwich and the addition of the curry powder gave it such a nice depth of flavour. The classic ham and cheese was also really nice – the meat was beautifully cooked and it was nice to have something so savoury before digging into the sweet treats which soon arrived!
The presentation was beautiful – three tiers of stunning patisserie YUM! I started with the freshly baked scones (one each of the vanilla and golden raisin, obvs – it would be rude not to try them both!) They were huge and the nicest scones I’ve ever had in my life, even better than my mum’s (soz Sue!) They were also still warm which I think makes all the difference, so the clotted cream can melt right in, and were so soft and buttery it was like eating a cloud of glory. YAAS!
Moving it up a tier we had Passion Fruit Cheesecake, made with vanilla cream, passion fruit jelly and crumble which looked so bright and colourful and Serene said tasted just like a Solero ice cream. There were also the prettiest Victoria Sponges I’ve ever seen – encased in white chocolate and topped with a bubblegum flavoured candy pink macaroon. YUM! The macaroon was surprisingly delicious – I thought it might just taste mega sweet and synthetic but it was actually quite delicately flavoured and I could have munched my way through dozens more!
The top tier was full of chocolatey goodness! The piece de resistance being the Red Velvet and Dark Chocolate Shard Cakes which tasted as good as they looked! They were very rich but really light and fluffy and the coloured chocolate shards were so creamy. It did sadly leave me too full to try the Milk Chocolate Mousse with hazelnut crunch and blackcurrant, but that just means I have to go back, right?!
I had such a lovely day with Farfetch and am so grateful to have been treated to such an amazing experience. The Art Colour Missoni exhibition was so interesting and it’s was great to see so many incredible iconic Missoni creations in one place, and Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard was delicious! The food itself was so scrumptious and the views were of course breathtaking. It was great to make some new friends and I loved hearing more about Farfetch and the exciting things they have to offer both now and for the future.
*Thanks so much to Farfetch for inviting along and treating me to such a lovely day – I had the best time! All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.