What is tea party in English? It is an constant tea with milk, a tea set made of thin porcelain, small cakes, white starched tablecloths, cozy armchairs and a leisurely conversation. We have prepared for you ten interesting facts about tea drinking in Britain.
10. The "Five o'clock Tea" tradition appeared in 1840 thanks to Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford. One day, while wandering around her castle, resting from dinner and preparing for supper, she told her maid to bring her to the salon cutlery for tea in order to at least somehow kill the time. Next time, to combine the useful with the pleasant, the duchess invited her friends to have an afternoon tea. Everyone liked it so much that the ladies began to gather more and more often - and, in the end, there was a ritual, or rather, the tradition of English tea drinking.
9. Since the end of the XIX century, the "Five o'clock Tea" tradition has turned into a social event: gentlemen wearing suits with bow ties, ladies dressed in the most elegant outfits, luxurious hats, put on gloves and went to the tea drinking in restaurants of fashionable hotels, where tables were set with starched white tablecloths specially for them, on which expensive English porcelain with silver cutlery flaunted.