To celebrate the release of Mary Poppins Returns on Blu-Ray and DVD on Monday April 15th 2019, we were invited on a very special afternoon tea bus, to see some of the locations in London that inspired scenes in the movie. Mary Poppins Returns is a magical, nostalgic, feel-good family film and the release is perfectly timed for the school holidays and Easter weekend.
Our afternoon tea bus London tour was aboard a stunning vintage double-decker routemaster bus. What better way to see the sights than on a red London bus? Add delicious finger sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, macarons and a choice of teas and you’ve got the recipe for a fantastic and memorable afternoon tea. Our tour was specially themed to celebrate the release of the Mary Poppins Returns Blu-Ray and DVD, with chimney stack and umbrella biscuits, as well as Mary Poppins silhouettes atop silky chocolate mousse pots.
This experience was a sight-seeing revelation! Sitting in the warm, sipping tea and eating delicious, fresh sandwiches and pastries we toured the streets of London. We saw Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, the London Eye and then on to the City to see the Bank of England which features in Mary Poppins Returns. Scenes from the movie were filmed on location right outside the Bank of England in the heart of London’s City district.
Did I mention that there was cake? We waved and smiled whenever we passed the top-deck of an open top tour bus, as the freezing cold passengers looked enviously at our beautifully decorated vintage bus and we raised our cups of warming tea whilst helping ourselves to another tasty treat. The afternoon tea provided by Brigit’s Bakery was carefully thought out: the tables all had recesses for your cup and your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate was served from cups with a special lid so there were no spills. The vintage crockery was kept firmly in place on non-slip mats and the cutlery was kept safe inside napkins with special pockets. There was music and a commentary highlighting London landmarks as we chugged through the City and the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable.
Our tour then took us alongside St Paul’s Cathedral, which features in Mary Poppins Returns as well as being the scene of the iconic song Feed The Birds, in the original Mary Poppins film.
We drove along streets around Regent’s Park, reminiscent of Cherry Tree Lane. At this time of year the streets were lined with cherry blossom and from the top deck of the afternoon tea bus we had fantastic views.
Our special Mary Poppins Returns themed tour then took us to Admiral’s Walk in Hampstead to visit the home that was the inspiration for Admiral Boom’s house in the Mary Poppins films.
If you’re looking for a special quirky treat then the afternoon tea bus tour of London is definitely worth booking. We had an amazing day. It’s funny how exhausting eating cakes and watching the world go by can be; when we got home we put our feet up and watched our own copy of Mary Poppins Returns on DVD. We managed to spot a few of the locations we visited and the animations in the movie are incredible.
Mary Poppins Returns is released on Blu-Ray and DVD on Monday 15th April 2019.
We were invited to enjoy the Mary Poppins Returns afternoon tea bus tour so that I could write about my experience. The images, words and opinions are all my own. All photography is owned by Kirsty Hornblow 2019. Please do not reproduce without permission.