Afternoon Tea at The Modern Pantry, The Barbican Estate & Postman's Park

In August, Andrew surprised me with a day out to The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell for Afternoon Tea, something I'd wanted to do for a very long time (and something that was on my 25 before 25 list).*

The Modern Pantry is in Clerkenwell, Central London and is housed in a gorgeous townhouse, with window boxes full of colourful flowers on the outside. The large windows also provide lots of beautiful natural light inside, giving the pantry a lovely atmosphere.

The Afternoon Tea (for 2) is served on a mis-match of crockery with the traditional three tier cake stand as the centre piece. Exactly what you'd expect for a proper Afternoon Tea!

Some of the goodies we were presented with on our visit included: sandwiches filled with salmon & avocado or feta cheese & sun-dried tomato, turmeric scones, green tea scones, green tea sponge with a white chocolate & pomegranate topping, rosewater & sour cherry brownies (amazing!) and a fruity pot with cream & a pistachio-biscuity-slice-thing - as well as a choice of loose leaf teas.

Everything was sublime! We took our time, making sure to savour every last bite. My favourite was definitely the rosewater and sour cherry brownie, oh my it was incredible! *swoooon*

After our Afternoon Tea we wandered over to The Barbican Estate to explore. The Barbican Estate was built in the 1960/70's and is a residential estate in the City of London.

The Estate is a prominent example of British Brutalist architecture - which is typically very linear and fortresslike, often blockish and predominantly made of concrete. It is a Grade II listed building, considered a landmark and is home to three of London's tallest residential towers (42 storeys to be precise).

It really is a beautiful space, with it's sunken gardens, fountains and balconies lined with brightly coloured flowers - a lovely contrast against the concrete.
Also housed within the Estate is The Barbican Centre - a performing arts centre where music concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions and film screenings are hosted. Other notable features include: a public library, three restaurants, a conservatory, and when we visited - ping pong tables! It should come at no surprise that living in the Barbican Estate does not come cheap!

After the Barbican, we ventured over to Postman's Park - a park in Central London, named to reflect its popularity with workers from the General Post Office HQ nearby.
Since 1900 the park has been home to George Frederic Watts's Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, a commemoration of ordinary people who lost their lives saving others.

Following the death of both George and his wife Mary the memorial was abandoned half finished, with proposals for new names continuously rejected by the Watts Gallery. Until June 2009 that is, when the first plaque for 78 years was added. The plaque was added for Leigh Pitt who died in June 2007, aged 30, while rescuing a young boy from drowning in a canal in Thamesmead. The Diocese of London have now said that they will consider any suitable names to be added in the future.

It is so interesting to read all the plaques, and to think of all the people who gave their lives to save others is very humbling.

This was a truly perfect way to spend a Saturday in Central London, away from all the bedlam of the shops and bumper to bumper traffic!

*Afternoon Tea at The Modern Pantry is served from 3-5pm, Monday to Saturday and it's advisable to make a reservation, especially if you're planning to go on a Saturday; the pantry was consistently full while we were there.

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