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…


Afternoon Tea: an English classic that’s bang in season

There are few things so quintessentially English as the Afternoon Tea. Dating back to the 1800s, it was invented by the aristocrat Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who wanted something to combat that ‘sinking feeling’ in the afternoon, after…


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea – Coming Soon

This April, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April, and Emma Rice’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe will launch A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed afternoon tea. Inspired…