Little over a week ago, I was invited to visit the brand new Audrey Hepburn exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The afternoon would end with an indulgent afternoon tea at the classy Amba Hotel Charing Cross. Keen to learn more about this style icon – and stuff my face with scones – I graciously accepted.
Few actresses have made such an impact on the world as Audrey Hepburn. The exhibit itself allows you to peek into the life of one of the most celebrated fashionistas and philanthropists ever. The tender exhibit – organised by Audrey’s youngest son Luca Dotti – showcases rarely seen photographs, vintage magazine covers and film stills which trace her formative years all the way to her on screen success and enduring legacy.
There is something timeless about Hepburn and her elegant waif-like fashion style which still influences people to this day. While I have an interest in fashion, I was unaware that the actress gave her later years to helping others, devoting much of her time to working with impoverished African, Asian and South American communities with UNISEF. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures of the exhibit, but believe me when I say Hepburn fans will love it.
With our blogger bellies rumbling, we returned to the beautiful Amba Hotel to await our afternoon tea. Having a little time to explore, Kasha and I wandered around the warren of rooms, discovering the elegant marble columned ballroom. The enormous Grade II listed Victorian building dominates the front of Charing Cross station and has been a staple with visitors for over 150 years. A chance to discover this building’s heritage, let alone sleep in it, was great fun.
When the cakes came flying out, I won’t deny that yours truly was one of the first to dig in. Helping to wash down the scrumptious sandwiches and lip-smacking scones we were treated to free flowing champagne and mimosas. Feeling like royalty, and stuffed like King Henry VIII, I conceded that the Amba Hotel offers one of the most delicious afternoon teas in London.
Have you visited the Amba Hotel before, or do you know where the best afternoon tea in London is at? Share your experience or thoughts by commenting below!
I was an invited guest to the afternoon tea and Audrey Hepburn Exhibit, but as always views expressed are entirely my own.
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