One of the best Afternoon Teas in town in the Thames Foyer of London’s Savoy Hotel
Scones and sandwiches first along with tea and champagne. Sweets come last.
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Afternoon Tea in London today is mostly a thing for tourists and girlfriends, but as one of most well known cultural tea traditions in the world, it is a living piece of history worth taking part in. When you do, consider, over your scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches, sweets, champagne, oh! and tea, the origin of the ceremony…
Milk, sugar, or both? Just don’t put lemon in your milk tea!
Jam first or cream first? Either way. Devonshire cream is meant to be the best!
Anna of Bedford introduced the practice of Afternoon tea, also known as low tea, to English aristocracy in the 1800ds. She is reported to have suffered a “sinking feeling” between a breakfast of ale, beef and bread and a long, lavish dinner. She got into the habit of inviting friends over for tea accompanied with cakes, sandwiches and sweets at around 4 o’clock. By the 1920’s afternoon tea was a formal affair of the upper class, complete with silver teapots, serving spoons, fine china and the world’s best teas.
Tea had come a long way in the 250 or so years since first making its way to England in the dowry of Catherine de Braganza, the Portuguese bride of King Charles II, and becoming a luxury of the aristocracy. By the 1700ds, when water was so unclean it was rarely drunk, tea replaced ale and gin as the nation’s favorite drink.
High tea, sometimes thought to be the same thing as afternoon tea, is actually a completely different affair. Really another way of saying dinner, high tea is a warm, working class meal, served later in the day. Still today, in Commonwealth countries, the evening meal is referred to simply as “tea”.
It’s hard to choose just one when you can try one of each.
These images were all taken at afternoon tea one afternoon in October at The Savoy Hotel in London. They are open every day from 1- 5:45 PM.