One of the most amazing things about the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow is the countless mini-festivals and pop-up events that have been launched this Summer. And it’s not just about sports, oh no ma’am! Open air movies, fashion shows and live music are just a few of the exciting things Glasgow has going on over the coming weeks – and with so many of the events being completely free, it’s a great time to truly enjoy the celebrations.
Last week,the city was buzzing with excitement. With so many locals and visitors rushing around, the streets are crazy busy and it’s easy to feel pretty overwhelmed with it all. So when I was asked to come and check out the launch of a totally unique space of relaxation right in the midst of the activity, it sounded too good to be true!
John Lewis, who are celebrating a whopping 150 years, have created Tea On The Green – a calming green sanctuary in Royal Exchange Square designed to be a place to unwind, refuel and enjoy some delicious treats while watching the sporting events. As official department store to the Commonwealth Games, John Lewis have created a unique pop-up for the duration of the Games, which is completely free for people to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere.
At the launch last Thursday, the sun was shining brightly and the frocks were on (as if I need an excuse, but an afternoon tea with some fellow bloggers meant a cute party dress was practically ESSENTIAL), all that remained was the tea to be poured! After arriving at Tea On The Green, I was shown to table 4 along with Amanda, Sheri and Claire where we admired the stylish and quirky set-up. With retro-style deck chairs, adorable tables and eclectic crockery (all by John Lewis of course), I marvelled at how pretty it all looked and felt some major Alice In Wonderland-esque tea party vibes!
Each table had a view of the giant flat-screen TV that hung on the centre of the wall (also green!) showing the sporting events live. It was surrounded by an awesome display of clocks – each of which showed the real time of a particular Commonwealth country. On the exterior two custom-built art installations, that have been created exclusively for Tea On The Green by Billie Achilleos of Set Square, are displayed. I loved the colourful high-jumper – look out for him above the entrance!
Back at table 4, we were treated to our choice of tea and soft drinks along with a yummy tower of tea time snacks. Delicate finger sandwiches (cheddar cheese and red onion marmalade was my favourite!), fresh scones and a selection of sweet cakes and pastries were served by our lovely waitress as we discussed important things like the dancing teacakes of the Opening Ceremony, the perfect glittery spectacles and our favourite Glaswegian words (and debating just how to spell ‘haunners’)! My favourite Weegie word is ‘blether’ – how about you?
After spending an hour at Tea On The Green, I left feeling totally blissed-out and ready to go back out and face the hustle and bustle of the city again. The thing that really made the experience so enjoyable was that, despite the pop-up area being so central (traffic, builders and excited Games-goers are just meters away), the space that has been created is peaceful and gives guests a chance to unwind and chat while taking in the atmosphere. For a while I forgot that I was sitting outside in one of Glasgow’s busiest areas as it felt more like I was enjoying a Summer soiree in a garden (and an impeccably decorated one at that!).
The pop up is complimentary for everyone to go and enjoy some afternoon tea in this unique space – although slots are filling up FAST! Tea On The Green is open daily until August 3rd, to reserve a place, visit the John Lewis Tea On The Green website and start picking out your favourite tea time outfit!
Will you be popping along for an afternoon tea with John Lewis? What is your favourite tea time ensemble?
With scones, sandwiches and sunshine,
Miss West End Girl x