Tea Time: London’s Finest Afternoon Teas

Tea Time: London’s Finest Afternoon Teas

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week (August 13-19) Beatrice Squires goes in search of London’s best scones, finger sandwiches and brews, finding experiences to suit every taste

The novelist Henry James once said: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” This most quintessential of English pastimes was conceived in 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who would order bread, cakes and tea up to her room at around four o’clock to curb her hunger between lunch and dinner. The habit soon turned into a social occasion with the Duchess asking friends to join her for ‘afternoon tea’. Thus, the tradition was born and if London’s eclectic variety is anything to go by, it is now more popular than ever.

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