this article may be of use to some travellers if they wish to have afternoon tea on a trip to London:
I appreciate your post and would love to take tea at one of these places on my trip to London next year, but first must learn proper etiquette essentials for taking an English high tea. I wouldn't want to embarrass myself or my country. (Or perhaps that ship has sailed. )
Well, no slurping. I got that much.
Ah yes, afternoon tea. a genteel stop at the end of a busy day.
I have done this at a number of places both in London and in the countryside, though London's is more formal and elegant. The Royal Horseguards hotel has an excellent one; but the basic (which is not so basic) fare ranges from 20£ to 40£ per person. Not for the budget conscious traveler that's for sure. But a do it once kind of thing.
It is a bit expensive. When we were in Victoria once, our budget (time and funds) gave us a choice between taking a bus tour of the various neighborhoods in Victoria or doing an afternoon tea at the Empress hotel where we were staying. We chose the bus tour. Next time, even though we will be staying at the Marriott , I would like to do the afternoon tea at the Empress. I'm glad we didn't do the tea back then. I would've no doubt embarrassed myself.
I saw the champagne option. I don't get it. Isn't that sort of like having coffee with your afternoon wine stop? To each his/her own preference. (I think "I stop for wine" would make a great bumper snicker. Sort of like the saying "I cook with wine.") I do apologize Sg, but in the end, all things lead to wine.