Afternoon tea is a long-standing British tradition and a must-try on any visit to London. From themed meals to traditional styles, this ceremonious event is steeped in history and can be enjoyed at some of London’s top hotels, restaurants and department stores, all offering their individual take on this quintessentially British occasion.
It all started in the 1800’s when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who, at the time was a close friend of Queen Victoria and a prominent figure within London society complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon.
She wanted something small to satisfy her hunger, nothing too large just something to see her through till dinner time.
From this want, the afternoon tea ritual was born. However, it was traditionally only a small bite of something, not the big celebration it is now.
This tradition has reached the retail stores in Britain, none more so than Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. Their window concepts are superbly styled beautifully which is synonymous with this fine English store.
There are many places in London where you can indulge in Afternoon Tea. Now we see the VM concept of Afternoon Tea in many stores from Home to Fashion to Food.