London Rooftop Views and a Mad Hatter Tea Party

I just got back from a few days in New York and the Winter season is definitely here. For those of you that know me, I’m a wuss with the cold. I’m a warm weather person. I mean, how can I not be?!… I was born in the Philippines, grew up in Los Angeles and live in Miami. Clearly,  it’s in my blood that I love the warmth! LOL!

I do love visiting colder climates even if I won’t live there. My New York trip reminded me of my recent London visit, this past September. I went to see a dear friend (Hi Ana!) and I enjoyed my time there even though it was only a couple of days. I went to a few spots and for those of you who know me… yes they were places with a view. I love rooftop restaurants and lounges or places with a gorgeous view of the city. The 3 places I was able to visit are all places I recommend next time you visit!

  1. Aviary Rooftop – This is great spot for cocktails, especially after work. Lots of cute British men in nicely fitted suits 😉
  2. The Roof Deck Restaurant and Bar @ Selfridges – This is the rooftop restaurant in London’s oldest department store. I walked in and felt like I was back in Newport Beach. I found out soon after that the decor was “California beach style”. They definitely got it right with the decor!
  3. Duck and Waffle – This restaurant is the highest restaurant with a view in London and recommended to me numerous times. You definitely need a reservation if you want to formally dine. However, I just wanted to check out the space since I was by myself and going before I went to the airport. They let me up to the bar area and I enjoyed a delicious cappuccino with a light breakfast English muffin and jams. I sat right by the edge of the restaurant facing the views and it was lovely! Such a perfect way to end my London trip.

* Travel Tip: If you can’t get a reservation at Duck and Waffle, you can still stop by for cocktails by the bar or coffee during breakfast hours. The views by the bar are gorgeous!

View from the Aviary Rooftop, gorgeous views during the day and night of the city

Breakfast with a view at Duck and Waffle

I love the buildings and architecture in London! It’s so charming to see the brick homes and colorful flowers on the window sills, balconies and lamp posts. 

One of the things that were on my “ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO DO IN LONDON” list was Afternoon Tea! There were so many options and it was hard to choose since I only had time to go to one. However, the Sanderson Hotel Mad Hatter Tea Party was highly recommended by several people so my friends and I decided to check it out. I’m an Alice in Wonderland fan and the whole experience was so lovely!

I informed our waiter that I was vegetarian (I was at that time and have since fully transitioned into being vegan) and they were so accommodating to my dietary restrictions. They gave me my own tray of food and checked up on me regularly. I really appreciate that kind of attentive service.

Tea time at the Sanderson Hotel

Afternoon Tea was a great way to spend quality time with friends, people watch and just be present. There’s something relaxing about sipping on hot tea in cold weather and chilling for hours. I can’t wait to go back and check out other places who serve Afternoon Tea. If you have any recommendations, please share in the Comments Section below!

Overall I had a fantastic time in London and will definitely be back. Next time, I will stay for a longer time and hopefully get to see more places.


If you haven’t read my past #MarianTravels blog posts, check out the rest of my Euro trip here: Florence/Tuscany-Italy, Santorini-Greece, Mykonos-Greece, Nice-France, Marrakesh-Morocco, Majorca-Spain and Ibiza/Formentera-Spain.

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