Most of you know that I enjoy food, so it’s no surprise that I thoroughly took advantage of Tea Time in London!
Contrary to my prior belief, tea time is more than a 15 minute break involving some tea and a scone. I thought it was the equivalent of a coffee break substituting tea instead. Our tea service lasted about 2.5 hours from start to finish at The Rubens!
In the 1700s, a Duchess started afternoon tea to stave off hunger between breakfast and a very late dinner. She started inviting friends, and the custom spread among the upper class. Soon, the masses followed suit and the traditional of afternoon tea was born.
Mr. S and I chose a traditional English Breakfast tea for our tea service. And boy, was I surprised when they brought the goodies that accompany the tea! Three tiers of yumminess! We started with the bottom platter of sandwiches – cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon, curry chicken, and egg salad. Cinnamon and plain scones filled the next platter, served with clotted cream of course. The top and final platter did us in! Cinnamon meringue, clementine macaron, fruit tart, cheesecake, sugar cookie, caramel donut, and a blackberry cupcake filled our mouths with joy! We DID have leftovers to take back to the room.
The Rubens Tea Lounge overlooks The Royal Mews and is a lovely setting for conversation and people watching. It was no wonder time flew by – I highly recommend it!
Can you spot the photo bomber?! LOL at Mr. S!
In fact, it was so much fun that I want to plan an afternoon tea party at home! What could be better than tea and goodies with some girlfriends? …maybe if I required hats!
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Author Unknown