You can say what you want about the E&O but one thing they do unfailingly year in, year out is to have the most decadently decorated Xmas trees ever. Check out this massive beauty in the main entrance
There's also a prettily lit up one near reception.
Afternoon tea is served at 1885, it's quite dark in there and there's an understated luxury about it. The plush carpets, the heavy furniture that looks like it's never been moved since the hotel started operations and the attentive staff hoovering about you ... It all adds up to the charm of afternoon tea there.
We chatted for hours.
And nibbled. Why, daintily, of course. On trays and little dishes filled with miniature scones, tiny slivers of sandwiches, pretty little cakes and pastries. Not forgetting the pots of steaming loose leaf tea.
A beautiful place for afternoon tea, the best company a girl could have, I feel blissfully contented :)