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A centuries-old tradition in England, afternoon tea was invented in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford. Custom dictates that mid-afternoon you are to sit down and enjoy a pot of tea, Accompanying the tea is a several-tiered cake stand decorated with delicious finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as an assiette of sweet treats.
Classic British tea rooms across the country offer afternoon tea, often with the option to upgrade to prosecco and champagne.
London’s Dean Street Townhouse serves afternoon tea between 3pm and 6pm and offers a selection of sandwiches with traditionally British cakes and scones. There’s also a range of teas to choose from, such as the Lapsang Souchong and smoke flavoured tea.
Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly is also renowned as a great place for a traditional afternoon tea. The soothing setting has stood the test of time for several decades and has a diverse menu, offering 45 different tea infusions, so there is plenty of choice for everyone.
Several establishments offer afternoon tea in Brighton. The Metrodeco and the Blackbird Tea Room offer charming and traditional settings to experience afternoon tea. Metrodeco is slightly more vintage and has a wide choice of infusions while the Blackbird Tea Room has a lovely little inner courtyard, coupled with truly unique décor allowing for a memorable afternoon tea experience.