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London Travel: Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Westminister Abbey

London Travel: Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Westminister Abbey

Afternoon tea originated in England as a custom practiced exclusively by the upper class. In the late 19th century, it went through a transformation which made it accessible to the middle classes as well. Now in the UK, you’ll find many observers of afternoon tea between the hours of 4 and 6 pm. While some restaurants continue to adhere to tradition by enforcing a strict dress code, others welcome casual attire. In London, afternoon tea for two can range from 20 pounds to..well..just picture lots of money signs.

While in London, I had three bucket list items focused solely on eating and drinking: 1) drink cider in a pub, 2) eat fish and chips, and 3) have afternoon tea. Just like pubs and chippies, restaurants in London that serve afternoon tea are aplenty; it’s just a matter of what you’re looking for and how much you’d like to spend. Some afternoon tea menus offer champagne while others serve a simple tea with scones. For me, I was looking for a unique experience at a low cost. Simple enough, right..?

It took some searching but I was able to find a place that met my preferences. The Cellarium Café is a beautiful restaurant located inside Westminster Abbey. It has a high porcelain ceiling that engages you with its rustic charm. I had a lovely afternoon tea there with small handmade cakes, perfectly cut finger sandwiches, and soft scones served with jam and clotted cream, all presented on beautiful tiered plates. For my tea, I chose the garden berries flavor which was served in an adorable teapot alongside white and brown sugar cubes. The food was delicious and the price was very affordable.

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The only kink in the experience was the service which could be improved. However, as the afternoon progressed, a new server took over and our experience was wonderful from there forward. With this unique opportunity to dine inside one of London’s great landmarks, this is an experience that I would highly recommend to others.