Afternoon Tea In The 1800's

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In the early 1840s, British women felt pangs of hunger between lunch and dinnertime and so the only way to alleviate such hunger was to develop a meal in between which is now known as, "afternoon tea". However and at that time, this meal was only available for the upper class and for women who climbed the echelons of society due to the costs of having another meal in the day. Afternoon tea is sometimes incorrectly referred to as “high tea” when in fact, “high tea” is considered to be dinnertime in England and afternoon tea is actually “low tea”. Today, afternoon tea is enjoyed to celebrate a special event or an occasion by couples, groups and families.
Afternoon tea consists of a variety of teas accompanied by a three tier stand which includes sandwiches, scones and clotted cream and finally sweet treats.

Examples of the types of teas that are usually on offer include Green, Black, White, Assam, Camomile, Darjeeling, Jasmine, Earl Grey and Peppermint.
The tea served can either be leaf tea or teabags. Leaf tea is also known as "loose tea" and usually includes full tea leaves and consequently, the flavour of the tea is stronger. This is in contrast to teabags, where the leaves used have been significantly
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However and from my experience, traditional afternoon tea is always a winner and one place in which to have it is at one of the Radisson Hotels in London. The Radisson has a number of hotels across London including in Leicester Square, Bloomsbury, Oxford Circus and Covent Garden and I recently chose to visit the Radisson in Covent Garden which has its full name as the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel. It is a four star hotel that is quite discretely located albeit it is in the heart of Covent Garden. It is the perfect location for shopping and visiting the theatre because of its proximity to all the chic shops and

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