Afternoon Tea

Steeped in Tradition

The history of afternoon tea originates back to the 1800s in England when it was normal for society to only eat two meals a day: breakfast and dinner. Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford famously complained of “having that sinking feeling” during late afternoon, and her solution was to have a pot of tea with a light sandwich or cake privately in her boudoir in the afternoons. The Duchess soon started to invite friends to join her for tea and sandwiches to exchange stories and share news. Soon the tradition arrived to London, where it was picked up by other social hostesses and quickly caught on.