by Gill Chris
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James
Why not treat yourselves and partake in the well-loved English tradition of Afternoon Tea during your next trip to London.
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. At the time it was normal to eat only two meals a day with an early breakfast and the evening meal served around 8pm. The Duchess would become hungry and irritable so she asked for a tray of tea, bread and butter to be brought to her room each afternoon. Over a period of time this became a habit and she began to invite friends to join her and hence the tradition of afternoon tea began.
Nowadays tea rooms and hotels across the UK offer variations on this centuries old tradition. Some of the most popular in London include:
Our London vacation rentals are all well placed for public transport to get to any of these delightful venues.