Mother Daughter Day in Covent Garden

On Monday the Mother and I headed to Covent Garden. Tell you a story- it’s all because of Love Island we were there. When the story came out about Samira getting sued by DreamGirls I thought I’d watch the trailer see if she was in it. Watching it made me realise how much I love the show and I booked us some tickets! What a perfect excuse for a trip to London and to celebrate getting my (petty good) grades back from my second year. After a short Gatwick express train ride we arrived at the capital and headed straight to Covent Garden.

Street acts, music and people filled the streets. There are so many restaurants, bars and shops in Covent Garden I recommend making you way around the whole square, stopping to see the performers on the way.

After a little walk around, it was the perfect time for a spot of afternoon tea. Here’s where we choose the best- The Ivy Market Grill.

Starting with The Ivy champagne, crisp bubbly and bold. The perfect companion to a warm day.

Then the tea, I went for an afternoon blend which was like your classic morning tea with a bit more oomph. I love how they served it here, solid silver teapots with a healthy serving of milk.

The classic Ivy branding everywhere, with all the small touches. It’s the little things that make The Ivy so successful, from the monogrammed tea towels to the branded tea cups. Mum was very happy….

Sitting outside at The Market Grill was so lovely, taking in the atmosphere of Covent Garden whilst being surrounded by ladies who lunch and other families enjoying afternoon tea. The interior, as always, was stunning and grand. The 1920’s vibe bar was amazing and I was instantly transported to a more glamorous time.

Onto the food. First up was truffle chicken brioche buns and finger sandwiches. I think my favourite was the smoked salmon and cream cheese on gluten-free bread- soft, light and flavoursome.

I’m going to go as far as to say this has been the best afternoon tea I’ve ever had. Purely because there wasn’t too much there and it didn’t get sickly. The perfect amount of sweet treats including a salted caramel mousse, mini cheesecake and Creme brûlée doughnut.

The scones were perfect and the best size. I think the jam may have been pre-bought but that doesn’t bother me! I go for cream then jam, what about you? I loved the strawberries on the side, I’ve never had that with scones before and I loved it! Made all the difference to me.

I loved it at The Ivy and I can’t wait to try a few more of the branches, the Chelsea Garden one looks fab! Thanks to The Ivy for having us. After tea, we headed for another cocktail at The Strand Palace Hotel and then to DreamGirls!

I’ve seen DreamGirls once before and I fell in love.  I decided to check on my Today Tix app (not an ad lol, I wish) to see if they had any decent tickets. We managed to get second-row tickets for £20 each! Amazing. If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply must. The talent that radiants off that stage is incredible. I was swept off my feet once more. 10/10.

Thanks so much for reading! Untill next time….



  1. The mother
    23rd June 2018 / 9:24 am

    Amazing tea, show and company from The Mother x

    • thebrightoner
      23rd June 2018 / 9:34 am

      The best company xx

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