Afternoon Tea & Spots

"There are few hours in life 
more agreeable than the hour
dedicated to the ceremony
known as afternoon tea."  
                                        -Henry James

Let’s slow down a bit…

The rapid pace of our modern urban life has been gradually increasing our ultimate demands of the life “Speed”. Is this the “sin” of the advanced information age, or of the earnest pursuit behind the installable desires from our greedy nature? “Chop-Chop,Quick, Quick Quick”, it seems like everything would better  to be done quickly and yet efficiently. The answers from our normal greeting of  “How are you” has been shifted from the simply replied “Not much, you?” to “I’VE BEEN SO SWAMPED , hope you’re not."... Why not just take a deep breath and slow down a bit, or just treat yourself a cup of tea at a cozy afternoon...

Afternoon tea Traditions...

Speaking of afternoon tea, what will come up to your mind? A cozy afternoon? A cup of English black tea? Or some dedicated desserts? An English afternoon tea is a very English tradition, which allegedly have been originated in England around 1840. It is a very special treat to prepare for family and friends, usually served between 3-5:00 pm o’clock. It was first started by the wife of 7th Duke of Bedford, Duchess Anna Maria. It is still a national wide tradition kept up in all the fine Tearooms and Hotels around the UK. The old fashioned high-tea include, British scones, cookies, sandwich, cakes and of course a cuppa. An authentic English high tea consists of three delicious layers, a teapot and served in teacups with milk and sugar. At the bottom layers normally with several dainty sandwiches, then scones with clotted cream and jam and on the top usually Cakes and Pastries… Nowadays, it seems people has less time to enjoy this cozy moment of the day, many British take a much simpler treatment consisting of tea and biscuits at afternoon teatime…what a shame…

Some best places...
You can book online or check more information on "Afternoon tea in London"
In the UK , there are still some of best places for you to explore  and to taste the elegant culture… 

The Ritz London
 an English afternoon tea is still a big event and you should book in advance for the reservation to enjoy the “posh” treatment of the high-tea...

The video is from "The Ritz London" at Youtube. 

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Bea's of Bloomsbury (London)

Bea's of Bloomsbuy

"One of London's best afternoon tea. " -TimeOut, London

They got 5 stars from TimeOut and Users rate it for 4 stars.
what makes them so porpolar? Definitely is because of what they offered. Everything is produced fresh by their own staff with care and dedication.The shop offer Coffee, Breakfast, Daily Lunch, Afternoon tea and Cakes & Pastries.
I always think nothing is more powerful than the customer's reviews. So I find and collect some reviewes of Bea's of Bloomsbury on Yelp and TimeOut:

"I have traveled the world and not found better than Bea's hot chocolate and mocha drinks. You can't go wrong with any of their (Square Mile) coffee's either. Highly recommend a visit for a drink and fabulous cakes, great eat-in lunches or great take-away food. Exceptional!" -@ Ben Cox - Feb 26 2011

"Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea in this very cute shop. Keep going back for cupcakes, so yummy!"-@ Samantha - Aug 3 2010
Bea's of Bloomsbury (London)
44 Theobalds Road WC1X 8NW
Transport Chancery Lane or Holborn tube
020 7242 8330
8am-7pm Mon-Fri;
10am-6pm Sat;
noon-6pm Sun (by appointment only).
Average Price:

2. The Wolsely (London)
The Wolseley
  • Paris Hilton and boyfriend Doug Reinhardt pictured leaving the Wolseley restaurant after dining with Guy Pelly and friends, before heading to the Mahiki nightclub in London. UK...
  • Kate Moss chats away to Wolseley doorman...
  • Jude Law and Sienna Miller were spotted leaving The Wolseley in London...
Does these "spotted" make any sense to you?

From its Florentine marble floors to the Corinthian pillars, you could feel its lavish and genteel atmopshere.
On a good day, the Wolseley makes you feel as glamorous as the celebrity and media regulars you'll probably spot here. Don't be surprise if you see Kate Moss or Paris Hillton sit inside or even besides you, because the Wolseley is definately a celebrit's cup of tea. On a bad day - peak hour during a particularly bustling lunch, perhaps - you could be perched on small tables near the front door and made to feel inadequate for not ordering a sufficiently sumptuous meal.
It is a genteel cafe with the Florentine marble floors and the Corinthian pillars 
Enjoy lavish stacks of finger sandwiches, scones and pastries accompanied by hot, properly brewed pots of tea...

The Wolseley website:
The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly W1J 9EB
Transport Green Park tube
020 7499 6996
Main courses £6.75-£28.75. 
Set tea £9.75-£21. 
Cover £2