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…


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…


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…