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Jing-flowering-tea-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell It is officially Summer and the garden tea party season is in full swing.

Tables everywhere are being adorned by pretty tableware, flowers and cakes.

Let’s make ours stand out with JING’s hand tied flowering teas, found inside those cute golden packets above. Jing-tea-flowering-tea-photograph-by-Little-Big-Bell JING’s flowering tea are made of green tea buds and beautiful aromatic flowers.

What’s inside this glass tea pot may look unassuming, but it is a hand tied tea bulb of flowering Jasmine and Lily, ready to unleash its beauty.

Flowering teas originated from the Fujian province of China, where the flower tying skills reside.

The green or white teas are processed with their whole leaves intact and the flowers are dried as per herbal teas.

When the components are ready, the tea leaves are moistened to become flexible and bundled up with the flowers to be tied by hand. Once finished, the tea is dried again and ready to pack. Flowering-tea-photo-by-Geraldine-tan-Little-Big-Bell

Watch this “Theatre of Tea” as the bulb unfurls, to reveal its inner flowering beauty.

Here are some tips on how to make the perfect cup:

1. Place a bulb of flowering tea in the middle of a tall glass.

2. Add 250ml – 400ml of boiling water (it must be boiling or the bulb won’t open).

3. Infuse until the flower opens.

4. Re infuse with boiling water for 2-3 minutes.

5. Drink in the same way the Chinese do when adding leaves direct to the cup: once cool, drink top half then top up again with hot water, as the bottom half will be too strong. Jing-flowering-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here is a close up view of the Jasmine and Lily flower. Jing-tea-flowering-jasmine-and-lily-tea-photo-by-Geraldine-tan-Little-Big-Bell So pretty on the party table Flowering-tea-party-photography-by-Little-Big-Bell Sure to impress friends and family visiting right? Jing-flower-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Not only is it visually stunning, but the fragrance from the tea is so uplifting.

You’ll have to try it to experience what I mean.  Jing-Jasmine-and-Lily-flowering-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’ve used this Tea-iere from JING to filter out the flower when pouring. Flowering-Jing-tea-pot-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Anyone fancy a cup of Jasmine and Lily tea?

Alternatively, you can get the fragrant Osmanthus flowering tea too.
Jing-tea-flowering-tea-balls-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘how to give your tea party table a little something special’ post.

If you want to see how the tea is tied and watch it unfurl with water, then do take a peek at this short video.

Happy mid week all.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration post with JING tea, but all opinions are my own).

Jing-tea-The-White-Company-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mother’s day in the UK is on the 6th of March. It’s made me realise how much I miss my mum. We both lead such busy lives that time often flies by.

When I say my mother leads a busy life, she really does. She’s an entrepreneur, the big boss of her own growing company and she travels often too.

I wanted to give her a special mother’s day gift. It needn’t be anything expensive but I wanted it to be something that she would love

I guess it won’t be much of a surprise if she reads this post. She does read my blog, which makes me really happy. The prompt for her of one of my postings, is when I announce it on Facebook. So I better keep this one quiet.

My mother for as long as I know, loves drinking tea. I decided to get her a beautiful Jing tea set and tea, as her mother’s day gift, from the White Company. Lemongrass-and-ginger-Jing-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Since my mother really knows her tea, I had to pick a brand that I knew would measure up to her standards and so I chose Jing tea. Jing means ‘essence’.

I have met the owner of Jing tea Edward Eisler, and heard him talk with passion, about the tea cultures from where they originate, and on how his team had selected their tea leaves. They source their tea from Asia’s finest.

The White Company now stocks a beautifully curated collection of Jing tea ware and teas. The glass tea set is so beautiful.  Happy-mother's-day-gift-from-the-white-company-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog Jing glass is something special. It has been hand blown by masters using the purest borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is known for its durability, heat resistance, brightness and clarity. Each piece takes four days to produce in 10 to 15 steps to complete. Wow, that is a lot of work.

The elegant glass teapot above holds tea for two and it has a removable coil filter that keeps tea leaves in the pot when pouring. Lemongrass-and-ginger-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Simply adore this glass cup and saucer, and how you can see the pretty hues of the tea against light. It’s just the perfect size for an afternoon cup of tea.

Jing-tea-at-the-white-company-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here is cup of the Jing Lemongrass and Ginger herbal tea infusion that I made earlier. It reminds me of being in Thailand at a luxurious spa, far away from civilisation.  Mother's-day-gift-Little-Big-Bell Here is cup of Jing Jasmine Silver needle tea, sourced from Yunnan province of China.

It is a white tea made from individual buds scented with jasmine flowers, then separated each morning and fired to remove the moisture absorbed from the flowers. This meticulous process is repeated until the perfect level of Jasmine scent is achieved.

So, what do you think? A great idea for a mother’s day gift don’t you think? Just add a box of colourful macarons and a pretty card. I hope she likes it. Jing-tea-lemongrass-and-ginger-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell For myself, with my busy up and go lifestyle, I have picked this Jing glass tea infuser mug, also from the White Company. I’m going to start taking this in to work with me.

It comes with a readily removable infuser basket which can be placed on the upturned lid when removed.

I’ve styled the mug next to a cream pom pom ball that I recently made. Mother's-day-gift-idea-scented-candle-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Finally, let’s create the ambience of a holiday or Spring, whilst drinking tea and eating macarons. I am totally addicted to the White Company’s new season Lime and Bay candle. It is a beautifully scented fusion of exotic mandarin, pink grapefruit, bergamot, orange, lime and lemon, laced with jasmine buds, limeblossom, ginger and crushed bay leaves. Sounds delicious doesn’t it?

Just also a quick mention, Benares, a Michelin starred Indian restaurant in London is now serving a Jing tea pairing menu until March, so there is still some time left to try it out if you it like. I have sampled it and it was delicious.

Anyway, wishing all mothers out there a happy Mother’s day and I hope you have enjoyed this post. It’s tempted me to go off and make myself a cup of lemongrass and ginger tea.

Wishing you a wonderful upcoming weekend.

( All photos and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post has been done in collaboration with the White Company. The tea set was gifted. All views and opinions are my own.)

Le-Meridien-key-card-unlock-art-programme It was an honour to have been invited to experience the Le Meridien Piccadilly Unlock Art Programme with RIBA ( Royal Institute of British Architects).

The Unlock Art programme offers guests access to local cultural institutions, who the hotel have partnered with, on presentation of their hotel key card.

I was so pleased to have received my own personalised key card, an image taken from my Instagram account.

I was invited to participate in RIBA’s architectural guided walk and also, on a separate occasion, to view their photographic exhibition. Gray-Malin-party-pineapples-and-cocktails-Le-Meridien-Barcelona-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The last time I experienced Le Meridien’s Unlock art program, was when I was in Barcelona. I was there as press, to find out about their collaboration with talented American photographer Gray Malin.

Whilst attending the cocktail party at Le Meridien Barcelona, I remembered taking an Instagram photo of the colourful pineapple lights at the bar.

Pineapples featured in Gray’s work, hence the display. I have been searching for those pineapple lights to buy since then. Follow-Gray-Malin-Le-Meridien-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Then an amazing surprise happened. When I arrived at my hotel room at Le Meridien Piccadilly, there was a stream of photos from my Instagram playing on a digital frame and there it was, the pineapple photo I took.

But wait! there was a Malin pineapple light waiting there for me too.

One thing I have to say about the Le Meridien group, and that is how amazing they are at paying attention to details. RIBA-tea-Le-Meridien-Piccadilly-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell RIBA’s photographic exhibition took place at Le Meridien Piccadilly’s Terrace Grill and Bar restaurant.

The restaurant was serving up a special RIBA tea menu and how lovely it was to be able to combine having afternoon tea whilst perusing the photos.

My daughter joined me for the tea. It was a lovely mother daughter afternoon. Whilst taking in the exhibition, we were discussing photography and she practised taking photos using the manual settings of my DSLR camera. Jing-tea-Jasmine-pearl-Little-Big-Bell Here is a shot she took of me pouring some Jasmine tea from Jing. Jing-tea-at-the-terrace-grill-and-bar-Le-Meridien-Piccadilly-photo-Little-Big-Bell I was so excited to sample Jing tea again, especially after having been to a tea masterclass they ran.

Did you know that Green, Yellow and White teas tasted best when infused for 3 minutes with water at 60-80°C? and that there were kettles with special thermometers for tea making?

I also learned that all teas originated from the Camellia Sinensis plant and that it was the different methods of production, such as withering, heating and drying that gave tea its variety.

I was keen to try Jing’s Hibiscus and blackcurrant herbal tea ( top left cup in the photo) after a recommendation.

Strictly speaking, it is not a tea, as it did not come from the Sinensis plant. However it was a truly delicious infusion, fragrant with berry notes but not sweet to taste. English-cream-tea-at-the-grill-and-bar-Le-Meridien-Picaddilly-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Afternoon tea in the U.K can’t be afternoon tea without scones right?

These were freshly baked and warm. With lashings of Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, they disappeared pretty quickly. I’m dreaming of them as I type. RIBA-tea-at-Le-Meridien-Piccadilly-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Can I tempt you with a slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, topped with a crunchy walnut? Le-Meridien-signature-illy-coffee-cocktail-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The lovely Barista brought me this complimentary coffee cocktail.

It was an illy coffee with Sloe gin, raspberry and cream. It was delicious but I had to pace myself, you will soon see why. RIBA-exhibition-Le-Meridien-Piccadilly Here’s a selection of the RIBA photography on display. They’re from RIBA’s archive of 1.5 million photos. RIBA-photographic-exhibition-Le-Meridien-Piccadilly-on-Little-Big-Bell Seeing them up close in person is probably the best way. A great excuse for afternoon tea.

Many of the images were taken between the 1930s to 60s. Some of the iconic landmarks in the photos have since vanished, so this was a great opportunity to see a historical record. Le-meridien-Piccadilly-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Talking about architecture, the RIBA guided tour took me around the hidden architectural gems of London’s Soho and Fitzrovia.

The hotel is currently offering their guests special RIBA self guided walking tour maps and believe me, it is worth it. It is incredible how we walk the streets of London and not look up at buildings, well, not me anyway. Some of the most beautiful architecture with amazing stories are just there waiting to be discovered.

The photo above is of the back of Le Meridien Piccadilly. It was built in 1908 by the architect Richard Norman Shaw in the Regency style. Stunning isn’t it? All this time I have walked on by and not seen it. Le-Meridien-Piccadilly-unlock-art-with-RIBA-photowalk-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This building with its bold black and white patterns caught my eye. It’s now the Langham Court hotel, but was previously a nurses’ home. sipsmiths-gin-rosebud-and-raspberries-photo-by-Little-big-Bell Anyway, back to the tea. Remember I mentioned about pacing myself with the coffee cocktail? Well, this was because I got to sample this amazing Rose buds and fresh raspberries infused Sipsmith gin too.

Isn’t it just so pretty to look at. I’m loving the peachy pink hues and those floating rose buds. Rosebud-and-raspberry-infused-Sipsmith-gin-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I could have spent all day photographing this, but it was too delicious not to drink. Sipsmith-at-Le-Meridien-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell You too can experience the gin at the Sipsmith sipping garden in Le Meridien Piccadilly’s Terrace Grill and Bar, complete with a smiling Master of Cocktails.

Sipsmith is truly artisanal, produced meticulously in small batches and distilled in Copper. The dry gin contains at least 10 botanicals and has a distinctive sweet spicy and citrus taste.  Sipsmiths-gin-sipping-garden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Gin, illy coffee, scones, cakes and finger sandwiches at the Terrace grill and bar. All sound heavenly right?

If you want an even more colourful and lavish afternoon tea, then you should try the Patisserie party which takes place most Sundays in the Oak room lounge of the hotel, surrounded by wooden panelled walls and chandeliers that hang down over the most colourful of cakes.

I haven’t tried the Patisserie party yet, but I saw some of the colourful cakes you could expect there. green-tea-cake-le-meridien-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell There will be cupcakes of all flavours and colours, Eclairs-Le-Meridien-hotel-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Yummy mini eclairs.
Patisserie-party-Le-Meridien-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell and Rainbow cakes. Only the tip of the iceberg.

Funkincocktails-cleoferinmercury-scarf-Little-Big-Bell Now I’m back home, reminiscing my stay at Le Meridien Piccadilly. Why not treat yourself to a weekend there and enjoy all the Unlock Art programme has to offer.

Here my pineapple light feels at home with my Funkin cocktails scarf which I have temporarily adapted to make a cushion cover.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. Have a lovely weekend all.

( All styling and photos are by me, Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell. The hotel press stay and tea was complimentary from Le Meridien Piccadilly. All opinions stated in this post are my own. )

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