Why you should visit the V&A London & Berkley Afternoon Tea Review

An adventure taken by train is one of the best kind in my book. None of the burden of driving, none of the stress of airport logistics but all of the excitement of a trip!

Recently my friend and I took a day trip down to London to visit the V&A wedding dresses through the ages exhibition, which was to inspire us for my upcoming wedding, followed by a Fashionista champagne afternoon tea at The Berkley.

Whilst I only live 2 and a half hours away from the Capital, the train connections aren't always the best so we had quite an early start to make it down there with plenty of time. Fuelled by coffee, porridge and plenty of conversation (seriously we can gab when we get together), we advanced upon London.

The V&A museum wedding dresses through the ages exhibition was so interesting, with garments from the 1750's through to modern day. It's fascinating to see fashion as it has advanced through the ages and also some of the amazing contraptions our fore-mothers had to endure. Seriously, Kim Kardashian's waist training has got nothing on some of those babies!

There were some absolutely knock out dresses and this 1930's art deco inspired dress was one. Look at the size of the train!

I was also pleasantly surprised to see they had some modern day dresses that various celebrities got married in, including some from the Royal Family. My favourite spot of the day, though, was Kate Moss's exquisite gown worn when she married Jamie Hince. I practically had to be carted away from the glass case, as I was so desperate to try the thing on. :0)

We were low on time so didn't get chance to see many of the other exhibits but I would have been very keen to see the Disobedient Objects display, where I thought my friend would live very nicely. Highly amusing!

We then trotted over to The Berkley in South Kensington for a spot of high tea and a few bubbles. The hotel has a warm entrance and clearly exhibits 5 star charm. The Pret-a-Portea afternoon tea has been inspired by fashion designers, with their petit fours and cakes made to resemble handbags, shoes and dresses from designers such as Matthew Williamson, Diane Von Furstenburg and Jimmy Choo. A very novel idea indeed, although how they tasted was of far more interest to myself and my friend.

It was absolutely yummy and the attention to detail from the staff was lovely, even if they did get my name wrong!

After having such a lovely day, we were disappointed when underground delays made us miss our train home but luckily we got it sorted and all's well that ends well. We celebrated by enjoying some wine on the train home and continuing our chatter. Til next time London...

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