Surely most of us have once heard about “afternoon tea” – a fairly new trend of Vietnamese youngsters in current years. But do you really know where this custom comes from? Let’s take a look at this and you will understand why so distant a tradition can travel such a long way to satisfy your taste.
Afternoon tea, one of the most quintessential English customs, was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess had her tendency of being hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon, and she chose of tea, bread and butter to fulfill her stomach. This became her habit and she began inviting her friends to join. And yes, the history of afternoon tea is just simple like that, yet its cultural meaning is significant.
Modern afternoon tea is usually served with sweet cake, biscuit or sandwiches, and of course a mug of black tea with milk or sugar. Drink afternoon tea and have small talk with your buddies or just quietly enjoy your own feelings by yourself. That’s what you must try once in your life!
If you have a chance to visit England, make a stop at London’s finest hotels to experience truly English style afternoon tea. The hotel list includes Claridges, the Dorchester, the Ritz and the Savoy, as well as Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Enjoy it your own way!