Afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence. It all started when Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford was weakened and irritated by hunger that she needed to have more than just two meals a day. In the early 1800’s it was known that people would have two meals, one in the early morning and the second late at night. No snacks in between. It first began secretly in her room. But then grew to be with family and friends. The originator of ‘Afternoon Tea’ will have her tea and a snack, preferably cake, in the afternoon.
These days hotels offer this centuries-old tradition. Some even have their own tea rooms. There can be many different options to choose from here in London. Depending on your mood you can go from classic to modern. Brown’s Hotel caters to the modern world of dieting and health, with a lighter take on afternoon tea. While, the Ritz is known for its traditional finger sandwiches, fresh scones – can be plain or with raisins, homemade jam and oozy clotted cream. Cakes are served on a tiered cake stand.
Afternoon tea takes another turn in London and is served in many quirky ways, you can enjoy your finger sandwiches with a glass of champagne. According to your liking, there are places with a more modern, funky vibe. Unique menus. Not all of them follow the traditional trend. If you prefer a buzzy dining room for special occasions, The Delaunay is the place for you. Many prefer a quiet place with classy wood-panelled English tea room, how about giving The Den a visit. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.