The history of afternoon tea
Where did it all begin? Well, we have the 7th Duchess of Bedford to thank.
In the early 1900s, it was very popular and fashionable to have breakfast at 8am and dinner at 8pm. This left Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, feeling rather peckish half way through the day so she decided to start her own trend. Anna began enjoying a daily light snack of bread and tea in her private bedroom and soon she decided to turn this into a wonderful social event! Anna would invite her best girlfriends over at 3pm for tea, finger food, and cake. Although a much more informal affair than dinner, where a good gossip could be had, this new tradition came with protocol. Gorgeous tea dresses, long dress gloves and hats were to be worn when afternoon tea was served in the drawing room or ladies’ parlour. News then spread fast and upper class homes began enjoying this new trend England. With the popularity growing, Tea Parties were becoming the norm, and Tea Rooms and Tea Gardens became the new hot spots of town.