#LoveFood: High Tea please?

Let’s continue our British-related week and introduce the loveliest tradition.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea or High tea, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition.  Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid 17th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (sometimes earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James

reference (http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/afternoon-tea/)

There are several places in London to have a lovely cup of tea. But one the hotspots is defiantly

Sketch

“The pink room” at the Sketch gallery.

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The restaurant looks amazing and when you like it when the food is a bit different from the traditional afternoon tea. It is a quirky afternoon tea in London.

The sketch is like a painting which never dries. The main idea was to build a timeless place that will constantly evolve, and move with the times.

Egg shaped bathrooms?

“The dozen of eggs actually happened by accident. Originally, space was supposed to be a bar and the toilets were downstairs. Technically it became a nightmare and at last minute I changed plans and decided to do the opposite: egg toilets upstairs and bar below. The pods unintentionally became the trademark and centerpiece of Sketch.”

reference (French restaurateur Mourad Mazouz, for Grey Magazine,2014)

Sketch - London
Sketch – London

 

Art in the space?

“We just intend to show the works of artists we love, and it is very often a case of love at first sight.” -French restaurateur Mourad Mazouz, for Grey Magazine,2014

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LoveStory adores the idea to combine an art space and a restaurant. LoveStoryPeople strongly believes in love at first sight. Are you believing and ready to share your story with us?

 

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