“People of the world, Spice up your life!” – Spice Girls
As if releasing stage musical Viva Forever at the Picadilly Theatre in London wasn’t enough, the famous five have launched a Spice Girls-themed afternoon tea, at Harvey Nicks no less (they’re all Posh now). Curious to see the musical, I decided to take my friend for her birthday (cue jazz hands). The icing on the cake was finding out about the afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Restaurant, which had me whipping out my wallet to make a booking faster than Victoria Beckham with a Birkin in Hermes.Harvey Nichols’ fifth floor is undoubtedly its hidden gem. Split between a ‘food court’ (if it can be called that) and a food hall, it houses a bar and a roof terrace, which serves a more casual afternoon tea, as well as the more exclusive Fifth Floor Restaurant. If you do stop by for tea make sure to also leave enough time to browse the food hall’s enchanted aisles, which are filled with quirky and unusual fare: where else can you find pig-shaped sugar sprinkles next to a can of Whoop Ass?Once inside the Fifth Floor Restaurant we were seated at a window facing the splendid façade of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, across the road, and having made our tea selection (a winter-appropriate Tea Pigs chai latte each) we sat back to enjoy the ambience, tasteful décor and awesome music choices: after Daughter to Father by Lindsay Lohan came on I knew I’d found my spiritual home.
The food arrived on a plate decorated with London black cabs and was comprised of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes. The sandwiches and scones were delicious, if traditional, but it was the miniature desserts that really made us sit up and zig-a-zig ah. Each dessert represented one of the girls: a Union Jack lemon cake for Geri, strawberry mousse in a baby bottle for Baby, a Chupa-Chup-inspired cake pop for Sporty, a leopard print chocolate for Scary and an old bag, I mean, handbag for Posh. As it happens the cakes were a little too exotic for my taste (I’m mainly a plain chocolate kinda girl) but they were almost too gorgeous to eat anyway so after scones, chai latters and a second helping of sandwiches, we were too full to do much more than sample each one. The staff, who were incredibly courteous and the right level of attentive, instead let us take a couple of the cakes home.After a good few hours snaffling up calories, the BFF and I eventually achieved that ‘festively plump’ look we were after and waddled off down Picadilly to see the show. Viva Forever review to follow shortly!Tickets for Viva Forever start from £20 and tea at Harvey Nichols is £35 per person but there is a special offer on for booking the two together: see here for more details.