Visiting London for my 27th Birthday

Last Week I turned 27.

Although it isn’t a big milestone, like becoming 30, it still feels older than ever. I keep thinking that a whole ten years ago I was in college… something that, when I was actually there living the life of a college student, felt grown up. Now that it’s ten years on I’m glad that I am happy with what I’ve achieved so far but at the same time I’m wondering whether in the world has the time gone?

Anyway, my best friend had to keep reminding me to organise something for my birthday. In a way, I wanted to forget about it and not do anything haha. In the end though I chose Boulevard Brasserie afternoon tea with free flowing prosecco in Covent Garden. It was really affordable for the package and the location so I thought it’s a great excuse to escape the Essex suburbs and go into London for the day.

Coat – Next | Owl scarf – gift | Blue shoulder bag – gift | Ripped Jeans – Urban Outfitters | Choker, sunglasses and top – Primark

I tend to take London for granted. The fact that I used to work in the centre Monday to Friday means that I ignored the beautiful surrounding the and streets that epitomise the English way of living, or history in fact. So, when we arrived in Covent Garden it was nice to have a walk around and spot the beautiful red phone boxes that are still dotted around.

We were then, unfortunately and unsurprisingly, greeted with a brisk shower. We ran for the brasserie without waiting for the others but couldn’t help and continue to enjoy the scenery as we did so. Covent Garden was buzzing with tourists and crowds despite the rain and only a couple of streets away was Boulevard Brasserie. I guess we took a major detour and took a few cool shots that you can see above.

The afternoon tea was delicious. Firstly, I always go on an empty stomach. As a frequent afternoon tea goer… (me and the girls love to try out different places and make use of Groupon or Wowcher deals,) I know that it never looks filling but by the time you’ve had the sandwiches, you would wish you’d have skipped brekkie.

The service was awesome because the second the waitress found out that it’s my birthday (as I was receiving a gift as soon as the others arrived) she would always serve me first and even brought a lit candle in my scone to blow out! Of course, we also very much enjoyed the free flowing prosecco, which lasts an hour and a half. Although they could have come a bit more often to top up I think it was wise not to as myself and the bessie were getting quite giddy by the end!

We finished the night off in a pub. In a true English fashion we finished the afternoon tea and popped across the street to a nice looking pub. Although I was surprised that Trump turned up in our conversations in a couple of times it was nevertheless a really fun outing. It turned out we were celebrating a promotion as well as my birthday so there was double the reason to drink… 😉

Anyway, Happy Birthday to me and here’s to another awesome year ahead.

Thanks for reading x



Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • February 27, 2017

    Baby Isabella

    The afternoon tea looks delicious! Happy Birthday! We love walking around Convent Garden too x

  • February 27, 2017


    Happy birthday! Looks like you had an amazing time and that afternoon tea looks divine! 😀

  • February 27, 2017

    Ana De- Jesus

    Happy 27th Birthday lovely, so glad that you had a good time. Afternoon tea looks wonderful and as for free flowing prosseco that is even better!

  • February 27, 2017


    Sounds like a lovely day out. I used to work in London too and enjoy going there for the odd weekend; I appreciate it more than way 🙂

  • February 27, 2017


    Happy birthday! Looks and sounds like you had a brilliant time

  • February 27, 2017


    Don’t feel old! I’m older than you! Looks like you had a great day.

  • February 27, 2017


    Oh that afternoon tea looks lovely. Happy Birthday I need to make a trip to London soon.

  • February 28, 2017


    Happy belated Birthday, looks like you had lots of fun 🙂

  • February 28, 2017

    Fashion and Style Police

    Happy birthday. The afternoon tea does look yummy.

  • February 28, 2017


    Happy belated birthday! And congrats on your promotion! x

  • February 28, 2017


    Happy Birthday! I was eyeing up the pink macaroons…

  • March 5, 2017

    Fi Ni Neachtain

    Happy belated birthday! I’ll be turning 27 next week so I know how you feel about wondering where the time has gone! I’m glad you had a great time in London, the afternoon tea looks amazing!

  • March 5, 2017


    Afternoon tea looks delicious, I need to remember to go there when we move to London in July. Happy Birthday xxx