Like many people in London, I’m signed up to various “daily deals” provider emails.  Generally they’re a thinly-veiled way to squeeze money out of people by offering discounts on implausibly priced products, however every now & again something drifts by that’s reasonable or fits within a plan that was already happening anyway.

The deal to the right came in today for a SPECIALLY PRICED AFTERNOON TEA & TOUR OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE!

Almost intriguing as a nice surprise for someone, but a quick skim of the “fine print” sort of gives it away…

  • Admission to the State Rooms is at 1:45pm only.
  • Afternoon Tea is served daily at the Courthouse Hotel between 1pm and 4:30pm.
  • Please allow 2 to 2.5 hours for your visit to the Staterooms (meaning you’d finish the tour between 3:45pm and 4:15pm).
  • There is a 20 minute stroll from the Palace to the Hotel.

Assuming you took 2 hours to tour the Staterooms, and the full leisurely 20 minutes to stroll to afternoon tea, that would give you 25 minutes to enjoy your relaxing afternoon tea (which they tell you to allow an hour for).

Alternatively, if you took 2.5 hours to look around, caught a cab across to the hotel in 10 minutes, and dashed in for afternoon tea, that’d leave you… errm… 5 minutes.

Is there something I’m missing here?