I mentioned that the London Bloggers Tea was a success and today I share with you the photographs to prove it! I have met other bloggers before with the Bristol Fashion Week and have been on a couple of ‘blates’, but this was my first time meeting a group of bloggers of which I had already been following along online. To say I was a little excited would be quite an understatement as I had been talking and tweeting about it online in the days that led up to our London Blogger Tea. Before I even say another word I have to say a big thank you to Selena for putting this all together and organizing this event. Without her hard work none of this would have been possible.
I took the National Express coach from Bath Spa that morning getting me to London Victoria station that afternoon. The underground was quite crowded that day with various events going on in London, but I ended up making it to Covenant Garden with ten minutes to spare. It was in the Mercer Hotel lobby where I ran into Melanie (my lovely sponsor this month) and had my first ‘omg I know you’ moment. The rest all happened rather quickly when I entered the room and heard Selena say, ‘Bonnie’s here!’
It was such an unreal moment for the first twenty minutes as I looked around the table and was able to put faces to names and blogs that I follow. Someone said it best when they stated how surreal it was to know so much about someone from their blog and finally meet them for the first time in person. To finally beat the distance, meet your ‘friends’, and give them a hug was quite a blessing for me. It only made me feel a bit bittersweet that I do not live in London like most of the ladies so this could happen more often.
The whole event went by quite quickly. A third of the bloggers I have had the opportunity to get to know in the blogging world and through social media and had a blast getting to connect face to face. Another third were bloggers I had only just heard about through the organization of the blogging meet up and enjoyed getting to know them and their journey with blogging. Sadly with the time allowances and all the in depth conversations going on there was another third I did not get to talk to very much at all. It left me wanting another blogger event to look forward to so we could all talk even more.
I did not think I was that nervous but I must have been because the first bite I had to eat all day was one of the scones when I got to the blogger tea. I ate a little bit but my appetite was still missing when I finally made it home that night. It was just a lot happening at once and so much excitement. Then some of us went out for drinks at a pub afterwards and the conversations continued. If you have read My Night in An Italian Jail, you know I had my phone stolen. I still have not gotten that replaced and so I was a bit anxious about getting home safely to Bath that night. I really want to also thank Selena and Sarah for helping make sure I got back to the coach station safely.
It was an awesome meet up with talks about it happening quarterly. I also look forward to any future trips to London to reconnect and invite anyone down to Bath to come visit when you have the time. I think my next Blate will be with Kate next month, and I cannot wait! Again thank you to everyone who came, you all made my day. I understand the importance of friendships in your current city with ‘locals’ but as a TCK, I really appreciate all my expat friends. Thank you also to all of you who read my blog and those who talk with me over social media. Though we have not met, I appreciate each and every one of you.
The London Tea Attendees
Selena from Oh, the place we will go!
Gina from Sweet Serenity
Mandy from Emm in London
Erin from Erin Out and About
Sarah from The Experience Collection Project
Sarah from The Wanderblogger
Bonnie from A Compass Rose
Tina from Girl Meets Globe
Jacintha from Urban Pixxels
Anna from Eat, See, Do
Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi
Janelle from The Halfpenny Diaries
Jaklien from Passport and Toothbrush
Kara from Pen Plus Passport
Sarah from The Secret Life of an Unknown Housewife
Shobha from NYLon Living
Annie at Sew Graceful
Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes
Melanie from Melanie Fontaine
Samantha from To the Days Like This
A Big Thank You Goes Out To:
- Selena from Oh, the place we will go! for organizing the event.
- The Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street for an amazing venue, service, and food.
- AfternoonTea.co.uk and their service and help towards making this all happen.
- All the bloggers who were able to come out and be apart of this event.
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