Sunday, 17 April 2016

Rules rules in London

I know this post is a little overdue but I hadn't forgotten to share some photos from my amazing birthday meal. My darling Hb booked a table for us to have lunch at Rules in London.
 Rules is the oldest restaurant in London and opened way back in 1798. It is in a side street just off Covent Garden...we had a little walk around as we arrived quite early.

If you haven't been to Covent Garden it's a fun place to visit any time of the year. When our children were young we used to drive up on a Sunday morning and have lunch and visit the craft market.

We walked round to Maiden Lane to Rules

and found there is still a lovely uniformed door man to greet you at the door. 

The inside of the restaurant is fabulous. It's like stepping back in time. Every inch of every wall is covered with memorabilia from the last 200 years.
 This is the entrance hall.
and inside a fire was blazing.

We were shown to our table and enjoyed a gin and tonic
This is just some of the artwork surrounding us.

The food is very traditional; roast meat, pies etc and it is first class.

I had dressed crab for starter
 For main course we shared a whole rib of beef. This is possibly the best roast dinner I have ever eaten.
Lemon meringue was my choice for pudding.
And the staff even brought me out a candle in ice cream.
After our lovely lunch we went shopping in Oxford Street and stopped for a cup of tea in John Lewis. We certainly didn't need any more food that day! An afternoon cuppa was just perfect.

It was a really wonderful birthday. Thanks M you are my star.  You spoil me and I love it ;0)

My card today was inspired by spring, cups of tea and my birthday meal at Rules.
I white embossed several of my Crafty Individual's  daisy stamps onto card and then used this as a resist to my inks for my background.

I used my CI time for tea stamp and embossed it in black and then started to colour it up with my distress inks.

I then put together a little afternoon tea scene and used the windows of Rules for inspiration too ;0)
We did indeed take a little time for tea.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

                                                    A Vintage Journey spring is in the air
                                                                    Paperartsy resists
Noor UK anything goes
Card mania 4/5  spring
The Ribbon Girl 1/3 any image goes
Creative inspirations favourite things 3/3 mine are embossing powder, inks, crackle paste, dies and stamping. 
Simon Says stamp Monday April showers brings forth May flowers
Stamping Sensations 3/3 one for the girls
Happy Little Stamper mixed media wings
Little Claires spring colours
Pixie's snippets playground #225 I used a snippet of lace and a snippet of card for my music die cut.

Thanks for visiting me today and for the lovely comments you take the time to leave. The sunshine is back today after a very rainy Friday and dull yesterday. We are Bear sitting and hope to enjoy a lovely long walk later on...I will be taking my camera to see what Mother Nature has been up to.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Beautiful creation, loving your colour mix Jane. Your photos are amazing, what a place! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  2. Wow! Looks a stunning place maybe one!

    Gorgeous card, beautiful design.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  3. Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful time. Your card is so well done. I love the colouring of the bird and cups and then, mounting it on that background card you created just is perfect. This place looks like a wonderful place to eat at but I have to admit I am floored by the prices. When I convert the exchange, it is double the price.

  4. A stunning card Jane with lots of great techniques. I loved your photos. What a wonderful place it looks. It sounds like a magical day out. Barbxx

  5. Fabulous contrasts of textures Jane. Love your post about the "beautiful place" too. x

  6. Another lovely post from you Jane. Looks like your birthday bash certainly Ruled!

    Terrific card you've made too. Such a lot to admire.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. What an amazing restaurant, so glad you had a lovely birthday meal!
    Love your pretty little card with its cute little window!
    Enjoy the week ahead,
    V x

  8. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* It looks like you were properly spoiled and loved on your day. What a fabulous husband you have! That place looked like it was a dream to visit. Love the card and lace covered window. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. what a gorgeous piece Jane and what a fabulous post - thanks so much for showing us around - I could eat that crab right now - delicious!! Big hugs Rachel x

  10. Very nice to hear more about your birthday meal. It's lovely to be spoiled once in awhile!! I am a dedicated tea lover---Your card is perfect, Jane.
    Hope you are enjoying April....Many more creative and sunny days for you and yours.
    Anne D.T. xx

  11. Fun birthday meal that hb booked for you. I enjoy ambience of the past and delicious food. Your card is lovely as always. Thanks for sharing your day in photos.

  12. Wow, that looks like quite an experience. I'd like some time to study the art on the walls, let alone feast on a dinner like that. Your card is lovely too. I especially like the background.

  13. A fantastic creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  14. Lovely card that definitely has spring written all over it. Love the stacked tea cups and the bird is so cute on them. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  15. Oh Jane - I need a minute to savor your birthday dinner. Wonderful pictures and the restaurant looks so interesting and pricey! I enlarged the menu and read as much as I could -- The prices were not that bad but I could not see the whole menu either! Steak and kidney pie - well you lost me on that one. I would have had to have several gin and tonics if I were to eat that!! You looked so pretty and happy. I am tickled for you! I will never see 55 again - heck, what am I saying, I will never see 65 again!
    I am going to sign off now and go take a good look at your make!
    Sandy xx

  16. Your card is lovely and I can see how you were inspired. I love anything to do with tea and pretending to be British. Maybe another life time. That gorgeous butterfly reminds me of a sugar cookie!
    Sandy xx

  17. Your card is beautiful Jane, I just love all the spring colours and that gorgeous floral background!! Love your photos, you look so beautiful! Food looks yummy and the place looks so grand, what a fabulous birthday you had!! hugs :)

  18. What a fabulous card Jane! So pretty and perfectly sums up aspects of your wonderful day. An wow, what a brilliant restaurant too - I know London but Rules is new on my radar - psst, I'd have gone for the beef as well!

    Sorry I'm a bit late commenting - been busy sweeping up all the empty crisp packets and bottles in the Playground :)


    Di xx

  19. I love Covent Garden and your arty creation is fab !!

  20. What a fabulous birthday you've had! Love the wonderful restaurant. And such a gorgeous card! Love the crackle and the window is amazing. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  21. Hello dear Jane

    Thank You for bringing us into your birthday celebration.
    I would have loved it too! This sort of experiences is exactly what I enjoy the most for a special occasion.
    Covent Garden has always been one of my very favorite spots in London and as a student, I used to buy a baked potato and eat it while watching the street animation.


  22. Oops, I forgot to mention the fact that your card is delightful.
    (I was caught up in memory lane thanks to your lovely post ;)

  23. beautiful and I love the butterfly treatment - oh and I so enjoyed the photos - happy memories of visiting Covent Garden! glad you had such a fabulous day, Thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl April 'use any image' challenge, best of luck, Mary x

  24. Really striking colours and design Jane, it's lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations again, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  25. What a beautiful card Jane, and I can tell you had a brilliant day xx

  26. Happy Belated Birthday, Jane! Your card is divine!! I love the details and how colorful it is! Thank you for the fabulous photo journey of your day in London! I'm traveling to England in July and was quite fascinated with it all!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  27. You really caught the atmosphere of this wonderful restaurant .It's what i like about England ,brings me back 60 years ago when i was an au pair girl in Richmond .y.s

  28. Wonderful tea time card! Really sets the scene and mood--brilliant!

    HLS DT

  29. Lovely creation. Thanks for joining us at Creative inspirations!
    CraftyNatalie - DT

  30. What a super place to visit Jane and made extra special with it being your birthday. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ with your teatime inspiration.
    Julie x

  31. Hi Jane, Such a fabulous journey and indeed your card summarizes your very special day. Beautiful. Thank you for joining Little Claire Designs in our latest blog challenge. xx Gaynor LCDT

  32. Fabulous card. Looks like you had a great birthday. Thanks for playing along with the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge xx


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