Country Mouse In The City, part 2

Another fabulous thing to do here in London is to go enjoy afternoon tea!

Afternoon tea is quite the British institution, and is served at lots of great hotels, restaurants and attraction.  Invented by Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford and a friend of Queen Victoria, who found she became very hungry between the early meals and the late supper/dinner meal at anytime between 7 and 9, afternoon tea is a fun combination of tea, sandwiches and cakes.

At school, I always have a light afternoon tea (indeed, sandwiches or cake are provided in the staff room for this very purpose!), and if I’m at home I’ll have a slice of toast or a biscuit with a cup of tea.  It’s the perfect pick-me-up!

Going out for afternoon tea is a tad grander, involving a lot of food – rounds of sandwiches, darling little cakes, scones, tea, and champagne if you’re feeling particularly fancy!  It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends over the course of a few hours, while the tea flows, the cakes magically appear, and a piano tinkles calmly in the background.

So far in London my favourite afternoon teas have been at The Ritz, and the Grosvenor House Hotel.  I’m hoping to go to the Orangery at Kensington Palace next.

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  1. Riot Kitty
    7th September 2012 / 4:24 am

    That looks lovely! Tea is a great idea. "Tea" here only means the drink – I'm much more into food 😉

    • Claire
      9th September 2012 / 9:42 am

      If and when you're next in town, we must do a proper afternoon tea!

    7th September 2012 / 7:24 am

    I do love our fine traditions! I can very highly recommend the Lanesborough, for a decadent High Tea! And the Berkeley is just incredible, although less traditional. xxx

    • Claire
      9th September 2012 / 9:43 am

      Darling, please let's do tea soon. Heels and gossip and cakes…..

  3. Lynn
    7th September 2012 / 10:07 am

    My sister and two nieces and I went to London and Edinburgh together in 1997 – I loved it so. And we had afternoon tea in both cities. I think it's lovely that your school provides that for you.

    • Claire
      9th September 2012 / 9:44 am

      It's such a nice part of school! I work 7.30-6 most days (the boys are in 8-4/5), so a cup of tea and a sandwich at four is perfection!

  4. Wiwille
    7th September 2012 / 4:50 pm

    I wish my Texas folks liked hot tea as much as they love iced tea (which I loathe).

    • Claire
      9th September 2012 / 9:44 am

      Tea is amazing….but I do like Texas iced tea also, dangerous drink that it is!

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