Afternoon Tea in London

Afternoon tea in London is a tradition that started at the beginning of the 19th century. During this time breakfast was served veryIMG_1751 early in the morning and dinner later in the evening and by late afternoon, Anna the Duchess of Bedford, was hungry. She would order tea, bread and cakes to have in her room and this tradition quickly caught on.

When my daughter, Vanessa, and I visited London at the end of May, we knew that we wanted to partake in this English tradition. We decided to enjoy our afternoon tea at The Milestone Hotel. We would be spending our last two nights at this 5-star boutique hotel and since The Milestone is a member of the Tea Guild, we knew that this would be a delightful experience.

When we arrived at The Milestone, we were greeted by an extremely cheerful doorman, and the rest of the staff that helped us that day were just as nice and pleasant. Tea at The Milestone is served in the Park Lounge. This is a small, charming room that is decorated in comfy English style with dark wood, cozy chairs, sofas and large windows that look out at Kensington Garden. Our waitress explained the different types of tea service that we could choose from.IMG_1749 We chose the champagne tea and were given a beautiful flute of delicious champagne to enjoy while we relaxed and took in the atmosphere of the room.

After a bit our waitress came over to talk to us about selecting a tea and she suggested a few different flavors that she felt we might enjoy. Vanessa and I both took her suggestion and chose the black currant and lavender tea, which had a subtle, sweet flavor. The tea was served in silver teapots and pretty green patterned china. A 3-tiered silver cake stand held delicious finger sandwiches (chicken salad, cucumber, salmon and cream cheese) and a wonderful assortment of mini desserts (eclairs, macaroons, cheese cake). We took our time enjoying the sandwiches and desserts, but we also knew that we needed to save room for the scones. The Milestone likes to serve their scones, Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve warm, so they save these delicious treats for you until you are ready for them.photo (27)

Two hours passed quickly while we chatted and had our tea and desserts. It was such a pleasant experience to take time out from sightseeing, and enjoy spending time talking over champagne, tea and scones, in a warm, relaxing atmosphere.

 

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