One of my favourites is the Montcalm Hotel near Marble Arch. This week, The Shard launched its much-anticipated Sky-High Tea Experience, allowing guests to enjoy afternoon tea on its open-air sky deck towering nearly 1,000 feet above London. But if you prefer your afternoon tea a little more traditional—or something else entirely—the city offers endless permutations of the centuries-old tradition.
The 10 Best Afternoon Teas in London: The Shard, Claridge's, Fortnum & Mason - Photos
The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young women in the early 1800s she lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occuring late in the evening. Weakened and irritated by hunger pangs each day, she decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time well-heeled…
15 Places For Afternoon Tea You Must Visit Before You Die
What an epic trip memory that would be, having afternoon tea in a royal palace. "The Orangery, Kensington Palace. This is the only royal palace in London where you can have afternoon tea, and features items like 'Orange-scented and currant scones served w