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Afternoon Tea

Time for tea?

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is a light meal of delicately cut sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries. It became popular in the 19th century and is now a favourite ritual of us Brits. But where to go?

For tea and luxury you won't find better than classic hotel venues like Brown's Hotel, Claridge’s, The Langham and The Ritz in London and The Balmoral in Edinburgh.

If you like tea with history, many British country houses and historic attractions will happily oblige. Visit The Pump Room at the Roman Baths in Bath for afternoon tea followed by a drop of famous Bath Spa water or take tea at Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

If you're in need of refreshment after a shopping trip, the Queen's grocer Fortnum and Mason in London is a lovely setting for tea and cakes as is the luxurious store, Harvey Nichols. Their fourth-floor restaurant overlooking Edinburgh's rooftops is a great place in which to enjoy delicately crafted cakes and moreish sandwiches.

For tea with a twist try Glasgow's 'magic teashop' Tchai-Ovna, a relaxed hangout with eclectic furnishings and dark, comfy corners serving 80 different teas or Liverpool's 'punk' Leaf tea bar. It serves tea by day and turns into a late-night club with DJ-sets and a cool crowd.

And don't be surprised if you're offered something a little stronger with your tea. What could be better than the finest handmade cakes and sandwiches washed down with a glass of Champagne? Delicious!

To find out more about Afternoon tea, visit the Tea Guild website.

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