Pinkies up, y’all. Cause it’s time for afternoon tea at London Tea Room! This past weekend, I experienced this tradition for the first time with a couple of close buddies. I was excited out of my mind to try it and took plenty of photos to remember this unique experience.
We were taken into a special room for Afternoon Tea. The decor was super fancy, classy, and well, British. Each table had unique tea sets!
We all ordered a pot of different tea – mine was mango pear. Unfortunately, my tea-tasting ability was too basic. So I couldn’t really taste the hints of mango or pear…to me, all tea tastes the same! It doesn’t matter if you give me a cheap Lipton tea bag or expensive Chinese tea leaves – I can’t tell the quality. I can just see my tea aficionado dad shaking his head right now. But, I could at least smell the differences: mango in mine, and rose in Christina’s white rose mint.
Apparently afternoon tea was supposed to be a very slow, chill time. It was largely a social event for the UK upper class (I guess they had nothing else better to do at 4 pm?). So, we spent a considerable amount of time chatting and drinking tea before the food was brought out. But once it arrived, we went ham (after I took my pictures, of course :D).
Everything was delicious, and the tea surprisingly filling – thanks to unlimited refills. My favorite food may have been the cucumber and salmon sandwiches (maybe because they were the first things I ate when I was hungry) and the tea-flavored macaroons.
This may have been one of the girliest things I’ve ever done – and it was fun sipping tea and pretending to be fancy! Most of all, I was happy to spend time with my girl friends. It’ll be times like these that I remember the most after college. Now, back to studying… 😛
Have you ever had afternoon tea? Where, and what did you think?
Thanks for reading!