The custom to drink tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China, but it became popular in England from the 1660's onwards by King Charles II and his wife, the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza. As a result, the concept of 'afternoon tea' appeared in the mid-19th century.
'Afternoon tea' was introduced by Anna, the seventh duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The duchess always got hungry around 4 PM. In her household, the evening meal was served at a decent late hour, specifically at 8 PM. Because there was a long period to be bridged between lunch and the evening meal, the duchess asked for a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake to her room in the late afternoon. This became a habit, and soon she began to invite friends to participate in this ritual.
The tea break became a hip social occasion. In the 1880's, the ladies of the upper class wore long dresses, gloves and hats for the afternoon tea that was usually served in the salon between 4 and 5 PM.
On Sundays and Saturdays 'Afternoon Tea' is served from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM. From Wednesdays to Fridays 'Afternoon Tea' is served from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Large groups are advised to call beforehand. On Mondays and Tuesdays 'Afternoon Tea' is available only for events and reservations. Immediate availability not guaranteed. Please make a reservation in time For reservations of 7 and more persons, an advance payment of 50% is required. The reservation will be confirmed when the advance payment has been completed and verified.