Afternoon Tea Etiquette

Is there anything better than lazy Sunday? Reading Vogue in bed, sipping coffee, scrambling egg with toast. Yeah, right. I don’t think so. We Londoners don’t do lazy. Breakfast is Brunch that comes with champagne, a dress code, and few of your closest family or friends. The common mistake is that people think Afternoon Tea is the same as High tea. First and foremost, High tea is what servants of a large house ate around 6 pm after the family members had eaten their afternoon tea.

Before meeting with the lovely girls from Boohoo, along with other bloggers for Afternoon tea, I told few of my friends about the meetup, and they were clueless with what a typical afternoon tea entails. On the day, while walking to Bea’s venue, a cosy place tucked away in Marylebone, which hosted us, the idea of the etiquette of afternoon tea popped into my head.

Tea appeals to all social class, from janitors to the royalties, but the question is, are we doing it correctly. Throughout the years, the dress code on this formal occasion has become less strict, with most venue having a relaxed smart-casual dress code. For males, trousers, or smart jeans, collared shirt and clean shoes are acceptable. No sneakers or sportswear allowed. For the ladies, it’s the perfect occasion to dress up. For this occasion, Boohoo offered to give us a dress from the occasionwear range, to which I opted for the burgundy dress.

Once, I heard people dunk their biscuit in tea, leaving me in disbelief that such thing occurs. While people do this in the privacy of their home, dunking your biscuit during afternoon tea, in a public place is a NO. I mean, why would you want to embarrass yourself at the Ritz, Sketch, or Bea’s of Bloomsbury.

Often, when you’re at this eateries you’d see a knife and fork placed on the table, however during this occasion, you mustn’t use the knife to break the scones. Instead, you break the scones into half using your hands before spreading the jam on, then top it off with clotted cream. Interesting fact, scones are pronounced scon.

Each eatery gives the option to tailor the tea to your personal taste, either adding lemon, sugar, or milk. Feel free to request different milk. And stir your tea delicately, avoid hitting the spoon against the corners of the cup. Also, don’t extend your pinky fingers when sipping your tea, it’s considered rude and ill-mannered.

Eat your finger sandwiches with your hands, enjoying each bite at a relaxed pace. For the dessert at the top of the tray, they are eaten with a small fork or with the fingers.

Hope I’ve helped and if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section, via social media, or email.