This past weekend my lovely friend Shirley invited me on an impromptu afternoon tea date. Fancy afternoon tea is a must-do London activity. This was only my second time having proper tea in the big city. My first afternoon tea was also with Shirley, proof that she has converted from an American to a true British lady during her three years living here.
In case the desserts they serve with tea aren’t enough of a draw, it’s also fashionable to order champagne with your afternoon tea. Bubbles + sugary desserts + caffeinated tea = The Teatime Trifecta.
We went the tea room at House of Fraser for this outing, and I’ve also had tea at Fenwicks (both are department stores near Oxford Street). It can be a bit overwhelming deciding where to go because so many department stores, hotels, and specialty tea houses offer an afternoon tea service. If you’re not picky about the location, deal sites like Amazon Local or Living Social often have options at a reasonable price.
There’s also this resource Afternoontea.co.uk or this list of the ten best afternoon teas in London to guide you. Wherever you go, you’re bound to enjoy yourself as long as the company is good and the bubbles are flowing. Pinkies up!
P.S. I was curious about the history of afternoon tea and found this explanation if you’re curious too.