August 27, 2014

Mass + Tea

On our second Sunday in England, my mom and I woke up early and went to mass at Westminster Abbey. I'm not a huge church-goer by any means, but this was something my mom had been saying she wanted to do, and I mean, what kind of Catholic would I be if I didn't go to mass at Westminster Abbey when I had the chance? So up early we were, taking the train to Westminster, and we find ourselves sitting in the same place where Princess Diana got married, worshipping the Lord.

This morning was probably the most non-touristy thing we did. Though many people come from all over to tour the Abbey, only a small handful actually attend a service. But I've got to say, my mom and I both were very surprised at how simple the service was. The biggest shocker was that there was no music. We didn't sing "Alleluia!" We didn't even hear the organ, which I was really looking forward to as a matter of fact. It was very different from what we were used to. I was also surprised at how few people were there - maybe 30 or 40 people at most. We also didn't sit in pews; there were just chairs set up. Definitely not as grand and regal as we were expecting. But at the end of the day, we attended mass, and really, what else could God ask for?

After mass we had a lot of time to kill before our afternoon tea at the Royal Horseguards. Since we had gotten up early and hadn't had a moment of rest since we landed at the airport, we decided to spend the rest of the morning at the flat relaxing. Definitely a good choice, too. I don't know if you can tell from my posts, but by this time in our trip we had seen A TON, and we desperately needed some downtime. But then lunch time rolled around, and it was time for our much-anticipated afternoon tea.

Y'all, this tea was PHENOMENAL! There's really no other way to describe it. The area where the Royal Horseguards Hotel is located is so grand, and the hotel itself makes you feel like you're somebody important. And the actual tea! We ordered the hotel's signature tea, and we were just in heaven. I've never really drank tea, and the few times I have I haven't been crazy about it. But this tea has about changed my mind. And the food! Oh my gosh, y'all. We had finger sandwiches and pastries. You wouldn't think such a small meal would fill you up, but my mom and I were both stuffed by the time we left. Every single option was to die for. And the best part was that this tea completely blew my expectations out of the water. Everything was 10x better than I had hoped.

Whenever you visit London, afternoon tea is an absolute must. And afternoon tea at the Royal Horseguards should be your go-to. I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, I didn't take that many pictures. I was too hungry then too overwhelmed by the deliciousness of our tea that I didn't really care to take a ton of pictures. But the photo below is the street where the Royal Horseguards is located, and the pictures of the actual tea are just from my iPhone.


  1. Wow!!! I LOVE your photos. I would just adore the opportunity to go to London and drink "phenomenal" tea. That would be awesome.

  2. It's one of my favorite memories from our trip. You've got to make it happen!