The first known reference to tea by an Englishman are the words of Richard Wickham, an English merchant abroad, dating from 1615: “Bring me a potof the best sort of chaw.” The creation of afternoon tea as a ritual is traditionally credited to Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford at around 1840. She introduced the meal to ward off hunger between lunch and dinner. Throughout the history, tea has played an important role in the British society, evolving from a luxury good to a symbol of the essence of Englishness.Looking for the best place to have Afternoon Tea in London?
Between 1 and 5 pm, the time at The Gore Hotel slows down as the most popular of all British rituals takes place. Come to our 190 Queens Gate Restaurant and indulge in our Vintage Afternoon tea, in a refined yet informal setting. One of the best places to have a traditional afternoon tea in London,190 Queens Gate is close to all major attractions of Central London.