Once upon a time, many moons ago (actually let’s not over do this and go with quite a few years ago), a 17 year old girl (me) moved to London and took on her very first full time job. She spent her weekends browsing the stores in London Town and one day came upon a magical place called Liberty. From that day forth, whenever she was feeling glum or was just looking to fill some time, she returned to Liberty and spent many an hour marveling over its contents. The girl returned to the store for years to come until life took on it’s usual twists and turns – The store was not forgotten, but visits became less frequent and it was sorely missed.
Okay, Okay, I’m back in the present time now! It is true – I used to spend hours in Liberty when I was younger and feel a little regretful for not visiting as much as I would like to these days (I blame internet shopping). However, what better time to return than in the festive season and for an afternoon tea with some other lovely bloggers…
Yesterday, Liberty invited a few of us to take afternoon tea in their Heritage Suite – A most fabulous wood-panelled room that I had no idea existed in the store. For those of you that don’t know, the store was was constructed from the timbers of two ships: HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. The Heritage Suite itself was originally the office of Arthur Liberty who unfortunately died in 1917, seven years before the completion of the Liberty store renovations.
I felt pretty lucky to be there with some wonderful company for a relaxed afternoon. The afternoon tea was delicious, and many a finger sandwich, scone and pastry treat were consumed. I have to say that my favourite part of the day was browsing the store again after having not been for quite some time… I may have even bought a few little Christmas gifts (but for obvious reasons cannot divulge that information).
The Liberty store and I have now reconnected, and I’m sure we’ll be devoted friends once again!
Excuse the photos… I didn’t take my camera and failed to get to grips with my new phone. Gah!
Fore more info on the history of Liberty head HERE
& HERE for afternoon tea info.