Top 10 Champagne afternoon teas in London

What better way to treat your mum this Mother’s Day than with a sumptuous Champagne tea at one of London’s top hotels.

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Afternoon tea is a typically English tradition which evolved in the early 1840s and gained popularity throughout the early nineteenth century.

Its origins are said to be linked to the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who apparently once complained of having a “sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time it was normal for people to eat just two meals a day; breakfast and dinner. The Duchess’ solution was to have a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately, during the afternoon.

Later she invited friends to join her who became so taken with the practice that they too began to host their own afternoon teas. It was not long until all of high-society were hooked on taking tea.

Traditionally “afternoon tea” was served around 4pm for the high classes, with a more substantial “high tea” served at 5 or 6pm intended for the middle and lower classes.

Afternoon tea traditionally includes sandwiches cut delicately into ‘fingers’, sweet pastries and cakes. Scones were not a common feature of early Afternoon Tea and were only introduced in the twentieth century.

Today adding a glass of Champagne to an afternoon teas has become increasingly popular with a plethora of top London hotels and restaurants offering this ever more indulgent tea time treat.

Scroll through to see some of London’s top spots to take tea…

One Response to “Top 10 Champagne afternoon teas in London”

  1. Marinel says:

    not overly helpful as a top ten 2014 mothers day venue…

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