Afternoon Tea in Mayfair at The Palm Court
The History & Glamour of the Roaring 20's Returns
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Quintessentially recognised around the world as being a British pastime, the origins of afternoon tea are often questioned however one lady features in all theories, Anna, Seventh Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857) a lady in waiting to her majesty, Queen Victoria.
As dinner wasn't typically served until 8:30-9:00pm the Duchess often became hungry, especially in the summer when dinner was served even later. Every afternoon, she experienced a “sinking feeling” and requested sandwiches and cakes between 3pm and 4pm in the afternoon.
As others followed suit, it became a trend in London to sip afternoon tea with a variety of sandwiches to accompany. The custom of “taking tea” in the afternoon had become well established, along with a complex set of rules and etiquette.
The Palm Court
Step back in history & the Roaring 20’s with original Art Deco features in the Palm Court situated in the heart of the hotel. Sir Richard Bracewell Smith whom built the park lane hotel in the 1920’s oversaw the placement of the groundbreaking internal steel structure, nicknamed “the birdcage”.
Considered as “one of the most wonderful settings in which to take afternoon tea in London” by the Tea Guild, savor our delicious Birdcage Afternoon tea in Mayfair. With a selection of 27 tea blends, cakes, beautiful pastries, scrumptious scones & delicate finger sandwiches.