Can we be super British and talk about the weather please? What’s going on with it?! Whilst I don’t expect long weeks of constant sunshine, I shouldn’t be leaving work in the last week in June and wishing I’d put a thicker coat on. I should barely need a coat at all by this point of the year! But, as the whole world has been thrown into chaos, I suppose the weather might be a little screwed up too.
If you’re looking for somewhere to not only escape the weather and pretend for a while that everything’s ok, then I have just the place for you. It’s a hidden den where The Queen Vic meets boudoir meets Club Tropicana with a soundtrack designed to make you want to dance. Under The Golden Anchor, an unassuming pub in Peckham, you’ll find Little Nan’s Tropical Den which in the evenings serves up bottomless cocktails in teapots (or pay as you go – book in advance here) BUT every Saturday it opens up early for afternoon tea with a twist – it’s not tea being served from those teapots…!
We descended down from the pub into the bar and perched ourselves on little velvet chairs and we were handed a golden envelope with my full official name on…
Inside I found a playing card with details of my own personalised cocktail on – how rockstar is that?! It’s sort of on my bucketlist to one day have a food item named after me on a menu, this was the first step. My own cocktail had been based on preferences given in advance so it was perfectly tailored to my tastes. However, just in case we didn’t fancy it, we were handed a book about the Queen Mother containing a list of the other cocktails on their menu. Of course, we stuck with the Queen Lisa.
Once we’d decided on our cocktail, we had a chance to have a proper look at the place. It’s not the parlour of your regular nan, more the louche nan you befriend in a bar in Mallorca, the one that’s wearing purple and entertaining the group with stories of her youth whilst encouraging the barman to bring over another round. It’s full of knick-knacks and pottery pieces but strung with neon fairy lights and set against a backdrop of a leopard-print wallpaper.
There’s also an illuminated tribute to the true Queen – Queen Pat Butcher. While we were there a hen party were also in and it seemed like the idea place to be with a gang of girls.
Our Queen Lisa cocktail arrived in the BEST teapot, seriously, I looked at the teapots that other tables got and ours was definitely the best, I mean, it has a cat on it! How cute is that?
Also, you don’t just get given a teacup, you go and hunt down one that you fancy from hooks hanging around the room.
Our tea arrived on a royal cake stand – a Wills and Kate plate for the middle layer and Charles and Di on the bottom. In true afternoon tea style there was an assortment on sandwiches on the bottom layer: smoked salmon & cream cheese, egg mayo, ham and mustard, and jam. Upon finding out my boyfriend was pescetarian they also brought us two other veggie options – hummus, mango chutney and grated carrot and a beetroot sandwich with other stuff that I can’t remember. The hummus sandwich was great, it definitely needs to find its way onto the standard afternoon tea plate.
Of course there were also fresh homemade scones served with jam (in a genuine Babycham glass) and cream. And to follow – a selection of little cakes – a chocolate refrigerator cake and the orangiest orange cake. As if that wasn’t enough, we were offered cake to follow up – Victoria Sponge or Carrot. We couldn’t manage any more though (plus I was sort of breaking my diet anyway – I’ve lost a stone in the past few months!), although based on their other offerings, we were sure it would have been delicious.
Little Nan’s Tropical Bar would be the perfect place to spend an afternoon (or an evening) with a bunch of girls and when we were there a clutch of girls were enjoying a hen do – yes, clutch is apparently the collective noun for hens. It’s only a short stroll through residential streets from Queen’s Road Peckham Overground station. Although if you find Peckham a bit far out, they also offer afternoon tea at two other venues – Little Nan’s Rio Bar under the Rio Cinema in Dalston and Sutton House in Hackney.
At £25 each for afternoon tea and cocktails, you should definitely try and visit Little Nan’s Tropical Den before it moves on, afternoon tea runs on Saturdays from 9th July to 20 August 2016, you can book here. Remember, paradise is only a teapot away…
Our afternoon tea was provided on a complimentary basis by Little Nan’s. Thanks Little Nan’s!