English Tea Time
Nothing beats tea and biscuits, nothing. Since moving to the UK I have been well educated on how important having tea is on a daily basis. I am constantly asked if I would like a cup of tea, no matter the social setting. I am asked at work, when I visit a friend, or when I meet someone for the first time. Believe it or not, I am actually drinking a cup of tea while writing this blog post. Tea is just a way of life, especially here in London. Afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence in London. It really doesn’t get much more posh than having tea time in a fancy London hotel, restaurant or café. Tea time is the perfect post-lunch/pre-dinner treat. Now afternoon tea time does not include just team, there is so much more to it than the tea, if anything I think the tea is the last thing on most people’s minds. Afternoon tea includes classic tea, but also includes, sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, and of course other pastries and sweets. Some afternoon teas even have a glass of champagne served with them. The English definitely do tea time to a tee.
Afternoon tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
So now that we have covered the importance of tea time in England, let’s move on to my first experience of afternoon tea. Myself, along with 49 other influential Instagrammers were invited on a food tour of London for the WorldWideInstaMeet 14. Our tour started at Mondrian Hotel, the Borough Market, and then our third stop was to the world famous Fortnum & Mason. Now if you want to experience the lush and fabulousness that is English tea time, then you have to have tea at Fortnum & Mason. Once you walk into their Jubilee Salon you feel the old-school glamour right away. The welcoming staff offers tea-tasting lessons and it’s the classic afternoon tea for ladies who lunch. For my first experience of afternoon tea, this had to be the best and set my standards pretty high. The tables were perfectly set and the scones and clotted cream were to die for. Of course, the selection of finger sandwiches was fun to eat, but what I really appreciated the most was the pastel delights, with eclair and mini lemon tarts! The best part is that they do unlimited refills on finger sandwiches and scones! So even though there is a pretty hefty price tag on this afternoon tea you can sit for hours and keep getting free refills! Now I was lucky enough to have been invited to this event and did not have to pay, but their afternoon tea starts at £44 for the classic tea blend or £48 with a single estate tea. My entire experience at Fortnum & Masons was a delicious delight. Fortnum & Masons are the most luxurious department store in the world and their tea room lives up to the luxury. The tea salon was opened by Her Majesty The Queen and has become the most stylish destination for the most traditional afternoon tea.
Overall my experience was delightful and I am so grateful to be a part of the select group of Instagrammers that got to experience this event together. It was a great afternoon tea and I really hope this blog post has encouraged you to go out and try afternoon tea! If you enjoyed this post, I would love if you saved/heart it on Bloglovin’! If you want to get instant updates on my life make sure to follow me on Snapchat (@anikazzz) or check out my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.