Thursday, July 29

I had the poshest afternoon tea at London’s oldest hotel. Here’s what it was like, and how the very English tradition has changed post-COVID

I sat in Agatha Christie’s seat where she used to enjoy afternoon tea at Brown’s

Reporter Kate Duffy tastes Brown’s tea

Kate Duffy

Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana are among the royals who visited Brown’s.

Leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Napoleon III also enjoyed what delights the hotel had to offer.

Writer and journalist Rudyard Kipling spent his final days at the hotel before falling ill and passing away in hospital. Agatha Christie spent her time sat in the chair which I’m pictured in above, writing novels and enjoying her favorite coronation chicken sandwiches.

Brown’s believes that the Drawing Room was the inspiration for Christie’s “At Bertram’s Hotel.”

But it was The Duchess of Bedford, lady in waiting to Queen Victoria, who kicked off the afternoon tea tradition. In the early 19th century, people only had two meals a day; one at breakfast and one at 8pm in the evening.

The Duchess started requesting a light meal and a pot of tea during the afternoon. Soon after, the practice of afternoon tea became fit for a queen.

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