Its tee time on the roof!

Its tee time on the roof!

A classic seaside pastime comes to the rooftops of London this summer.

Selfridges’ Big British Tea & Golf Party, high above Oxford Street, is a wonderfully eccentric mix of quintessential British pursuits: crazy golf, afternoon tea and cake, and sightseeing.

The pop-up is a recreation of the department store’s original mini-golf course that was set up on the roof in the 1930s (pictured). This time around it’s even crazier: every hole on the nine-hole course represents an iconic London landmark, as it would look if it were made of cake.

There’s a peachy-pink Big Ben at hole number 2, complete with piped fondant ‘icing’; a buffet of jelly St Paul’s Cathedrals on cake-stands at number 5. Hole 4 is Tower Bridge, half-raised, over a pool with stepping-stones so you can fish out your ball if you land it in the water. Most marvellous of all is the rotating Gherkin in lilac at number 9.

The patisserie-themed landmarks have been designed by Bompas & Parr – jelly artists extraordinaire, hence the sweet theme. Even the golf balls are candy-coloured, and the score-cards infused with scent of Bakewell tart.

The real thing is to be had at the Daylesford roof cafe next to the course, which serves afternoon tea, cakes and Pimm’s. There are rustic wooden tables and chairs, apple trees and umbrellas to keep off too much sun or rain, and raised beds of strawberries and mint, rhubarb and lettuce; the whole affair has the feel of a lovely garden party. Good shot!

Round of golf, ?6 per person. Afternoon tea, from ?30.95 for two. Open from midday, every day, 31 May-2 September 2012. You can just turn up, but to avoid a queue, book ahead; for more info go to; to book a round of golf, go to

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