“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where -” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Have you ever wondered why Afternoon Tea is a thing in the UK?
I always have this picture in my head of British people with a cup of tea in their hand. So why did they need a specific occasion to drink even more of it in the afternoon. So, here are a few short facts about the tradition:
- It was first introduced by a Duchess who used to get hungry at around 4pm.
- So she started having tea and light snacks at her summer residence.
- When she returned to London, she invited her friends for tea and a walk in Hyde Park in the afternoon.
- Her friends liked the idea so much that they started to send out invitations as well.
- And the practice soon became fashionable.
Today, most people only have afternoon tea on special occasions or weekends. The tradition is being upheld in many places, even if it has become more of a tourist attraction. For those of you, who would like to know more about it, check out the History of Afternoon Tea.
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea
As you may have guessed, this particular Afternoon Tea is based on Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It takes place at the Sanderson Hotel, London.
I was there in August, so the tea was served in their Courtyard Garden. The best thing about it was how every little detail fitted the theme. From the menus over the sugar bowl to their tea selection, everything was worthy of this fantastic novel.
Just a little tip: Make sure you don’t eat too much before you get there. It doesn’t look like it but there’s actually so much to eat that most people left carrying (very fashionable) Doggie Bags. 😉
Have you had great afternoon tea that people should know about? Please let me know in the comments. 🙂