Class Barriers

Class Barriers

By the end of the 19th century, “afternoon tea had crossed all class barriers,”¹ allowing families from every social class to experience the grandeur of it all. While the aristocrats could afford this new found luxury, “Tea Clubs or Clwb Tꔹ were formed in the villages of Wales to help the women indulge in this tradition. [...]

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Mid 1800s

Mid 1800s

It wasn’t until around 1850 “that five o’clock tea in the drawing room became an institution.”¹ Even though, these afternoon tea affairs varied by country and by circle, it was evident that these tea gatherings became an exclusive event for the aristocratic ladies.¹ What started off as refreshments to calm ones hunger turned into a [...]

The Tea Lounge

The Tea Lounge

  The new-age music playing in the background as well as the panoramic view of the Vegas strip, both, equally played a tremendous role in my appreciation of the Tea Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental. There were two options (Traditional Afternoon Tea $45 and Children’s Afternoon Tea $28 - 12 yrs & under) available on [...]

The Legend

The Legend

As it’s impossible to know the exact date for when the first tea was served for an afternoon affair, the tradition of afternoon tea has been attributed to Anna Maria, 7th Duchess of Bedford.¹ It is said the Duchess experienced a “sinking feeling” during the long hours between the light luncheon and dinner at 8:00 PM.¹ [...]

Tyme For Tea & Co

Tyme For Tea & Co

The beautiful details of the tea cups are what drew me into this quaint tea house and antique shop. There were five options (Grand Sparkling Victorian Tea, Tea & Tea Sandwiches, Victorian Tea, Tea & Tea Pastries and The Croissant Sandwich & Tea) available on the tea room’s menu with each one offering an intriguing [...]