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…


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…