Top 10 alternative afternoon teas

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, db has rounded up a selection of out-of-the-ordinary afternoon teas in London that rip up the rulebook on what constitutes a classic English tea.

Charlie-Afternoon-TeaAfternoon tea is a typically English tradition which evolved in the early 1840s, gaining 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” is 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.

However this selection of afternoon teas are far from conventional. Forget finger sandwiches earl grey, think burgers, cocktails and rock n’ roll.

Scroll through for a taste of London’s most unusual afternoon tea offerings…

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