No longer the preserve of ladies on a shopping trip or families celebrating a special occasion, afternoon tea has become a favorite pastime enjoyed by anyone and everyone, an up-to-the-minute sociable thing to do.
From Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October 2017, Dorchester Collection’s iconic British hotel, The Dorchester, will be putting on its unmissable October Half Term children’s afternoon tea with special entertainment by English National Ballet School’s young dancers.
While rainbow bagels, cakes and other treats are now a dime a dozen in London, Hotel Café Royal has found a chic way to celebrate the trend through a luxurious and indulgent pastry masterfully crafted by Sarah Barber, the beloved Executive Pastry Chef for the hotel.
All the tea in China isn’t necessarily drunk in China. Nor is all the high tea consumed in England. This spring, hotels from Bangkok to Tokyo are reaching for new heights with new high tea specials that drink in great views, exalt chocolate, invoke gay Paree and look stunning in lacquer.
Afternoon Tea dates back to the early nineteenth century when people needed a pick-me-up filled with freshly brewed tea accompanied by an array of pastries, scones, jams and sandwiches in the late afternoon.
Experience the Baur au Lac's special Afternoon Tea, available through March 2017, served in the hotel's recently revamped Le Hall - a historic space that has welcomed the likes of Alfred Nobel, Marc Chagall and Richard Wagner throughout the years.
There is no denying the quintessential role tea plays in our lives – be it to lift our spirits, or calm our soul. Henry James once said, "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."