UK male lifestyle and travel blogger Jack Edwards

11th July 2016

Hey gang! Last week, the lovely folk over at Burton and Virgin Experience Days invited me down to Victoria Coach Station where, after being kitted out with an appropriate new outfit, I boarded the BB Bakery Bus of Dreams. This really was heaven on four wheels: a vintage bus tour around London with a twist – afternoon tea on board! We were greeted by the lovely staff (who were very cheery, attentive and friendly, might I add) and shown to our table on the top deck. Here we were welcomed by a beautiful array of cakes fresh from the BB Bakery in Covent Garden, alongside some delicious sandwiches, quiches and fresh orange juice.

 

Let me start by telling you how flippin’ incredible the cakes were. Like, HOLY MOLY they were good. Each cake I tasted became my new favourite, and the bus was such a unique and fun way to enjoy them. The selection included mouth-watering macarons, tasty tarts and creamy cupcakes, each of which caused me extreme delight. Halfway through the trip, though already considerably stuffed, we were presented with some fresh scones, as well as clotted cream and jam. Again, these were absolutely delicious – like biting into heaven – and baked to perfection. I certainly didn't need any more food, but that's never stopped me before.

 

We were taken on a tour around the bustling streets of London from the safety of our double-decker paradise, taking in views of Big Ben, Downing Street, Regent Street, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Living so close to the English capital city, I often forget to be a tourist every now and then and remember how incredible this city is. I’ll never ever tire of the concrete jungle, with its stunning architecture and fascinating history. The staff on board our bus provided us with quirky facts about each point of interest, as well as a much deserved selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolates.

Overall, the bus tour was a really quirky way of seeing London, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’d definitely recommend this as a gift idea, perhaps for your mum, grandmother or ‘significant other’ – as this would be a really nifty day out for you both to enjoy. I took my pal Ciara and we had great fun. It’s also perhaps worth noting that the pick-up point is within walking distance from Victoria Station, so the journey is easy and stress-free too! It’s also on the same road as Buckingham Palace, so we used some free time to take a little walk down to see old Queenie. Unfortunately, she was a little preoccupied and couldn’t join us for afternoon tea. Win some, lose some, ey? All details of the trip and booking details are over on the Virgin Experience Days website here, so you can have just as much fun as we did!

 

Outfit-wise, I needed something practical and comfortable for a day out in London, as well as smart enough for a posh afternoon tea vintage bus tour. Burton kindly sorted me out with this funky little outfit, which consists of a versatile khaki shirt, a white t-shirt to layer with, some smart but comfortable black boots and the always-essential black skinny jeans. The seasons come and go, but my black skinny jeans will never change. I buttoned up the shirt while on the bus, but later wore it open with a white t-shirt underneath for some more casual summer style, teamed with a pair of sunglasses. These boots are my go-to and are perfect for slightly more formal settings, though they were also comfortable enough for a day of walking around London (of course, we headed to Oxford Street and Soho later on). For some totally candid pictures of me wearing the outfit, check out the pictures below!

 

SHIRT   //   JEANS   //   SHOES   //   T-SHIRT

 

All the links to the different items I wore are available just above! I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of our day out, though of course it can only truly be appreciated in the flesh. I guess you’ll just HAVE to go and taste these delicious cakes for yourself! Thanks very much for reading, a mahoosive thank you to Burton and Virgin Experience Days for allowing me to have a lovely day out, and I’ll see you next time! Adios.

By Jack Edwards