A Short History of Afternoon Tea

There is a great deal more to afternoon tea than tea.  This quintessential English tradition is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new custom . Whilst drinking tea was popularised in England during the 1660’s, it was not until the 1830’s that…


Shakespeare in Love

The big day is fast approaching, and the annual race to find somewhere loved-up but safe from saccharine is on once more. Sitting by the river, next to The Globe (surely the capital’s most romantic theatre) and in eyeshot of…


Tickets now on sale for the 2018 Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe

Roll up, roll up. Tickets are on sale now for The Globe’s summer season, and there’s a veritable feast of theatre in store. The season is the first to be put together by new artistic director, Michelle Terry, and features…


Father’s Day Lunch at the Swan with Gentleman’s Tea

We were featured in The Resident this week at http://www.theresident.co.uk/london-culture-events/5-south-east-london-treats-dad-fathers-day/ – for our Gentleman’s Tea option that would be a perfect fit for Father’s Day in London (which is on Sunday June 19th, 2016 by the way). Our Gentleman’s Tea…


A brief history of afternoon tea and high tea

These days, Afternoon Tea and High Tea are often associated with each other, deemed to be the same thing and often misconstrued by tourists and locals alike. However, the background history of both types of “tea” are quite different in…


Caroline Hope’s History of Tea

On Sunday 26th April I joined the team at Swan and presented my own tea tasting masterclass to a class of 40 very friendly attendees. Accompanied by Swan’s very own afternoon tea spread we gathered around sharing tables to discuss…