Afternoon Tea Etiquette

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady

The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Living during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day; an early breakfast and a late dinner. Anna decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

As modern times come upon us there are many twists to the English tradition however one should always understand and practice the proper etiquette of afternoon tea.

On Sunday 4th May we will be joined with leading etiquette expert & broadcaster William Hanson to learn about the rich social history, social mores and etiquette that go with this idyllic meal. 

Swot up about how to correctly hold a teacup, entertain guests and the changing shape, taste and pronunciation of the scone whilst enjoying an eclectic Champagne afternoon tea.

Booking is essential with limited spaces available at £35 per person.

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