Afternoon Tea In London: British Experience

The Big Smoke with its iconic clanging clock tower, its Gothic spires of parliament, its double-decker buses and its white candy palace, Afternoon Tea in London is a major draw for those dashing across Europe and wanting to stop by a small glimpse of authentic English culture, or at least it should be.

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On the windy shore you will find fish and chips rustling in newspapers, in the rain drenched north you will find old men nursing pints of pale ale and in the capital you will find afternoon tea in abundance.

Afternoon tea in London is an institution and the rule of thumb remains – the fancier the better.

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Once upon a time the seventh duchess of Bedford grew tired of the long hours between breakfast and supper and initiated the practice of supping on something and nibbling at a chosen hour of the endless afternoons. Her well-dressed ladies decided to join the fray and thus the term afternoon tea was born.

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Choosing somewhere like the Dorchester will allow you to experience high tea the way it’s supposed to be; dashed in decadence. The Dorchester sits prettily in its prestigious Park Lane Spot offering sink down plush chairs, swathes of white linen, silverware and of course heavy blush curtains and soft lit lamps.

Sit down and let the personal server fill your crystal flute to the brim with bubbles before ordering up a pot of best with an array of edible fancies to match.

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A traditional Afternoon Tea in the heart of the capital will see that your appetite is both aroused and satiated.

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Delectable finger sandwiches cut into slithers, traditional baked scones with farmers jam and a dollop of clotted cream, cakes and of course those delightful brightly colored macaroons that bring a sense of joie de vivre will all be delivered to the table.

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Pick your way through these elegant fancies and keep your china cup topped up with the best artisan teas sourced from across the globe.

Maxine Genier

Maxine Genier

Maxine is an adept of design, photography and online marketing. She lives in Gothenburg, Sweden with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She spends her leisure time exploring Europe with her family to perfect her skills as a travel photographer. She can be found in her spare time, strumming her guitar.
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