Britain is well known for its love of tea, so unsurprisingly there are a wide range of great places to visit where you can relax with a cuppa and maybe even learn something new about our favourite hot drink.
The English capital is jam packed with fab places to see, so why not consider booking trains to London to check them out? The world famous Ritz London is a must-do for lovers of Afternoon Tea but due to its popularity should be booked well in advance. There you’ll be able to enjoy a wide selection of sandwiches and cakes, as well as some of the finest teas around, for around £45 per person.
While you’re in town you could also head to see the last of the tea clippers – the Cutty Sark, where you can walk the deck and follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her to collect that precious cargo – TEA – many years ago. There’s a café onboard too, so it’s a great place to stop for a bite to eat.
Those with train tickets to London can also brush up on their history and pick up some souvenirs at the Twinings Tea Shop and Museum at 216 Strand, while others will no doubt be keen to attend the 2014 European Tea Expo, which will take place from April 24th to 26th.
But it’s not just London where you can experience tea, as Bedfordshire’s Woburn Abbey is said to be the place where the idea of Afternoon Tea was first conceived.
Although England has a long association with the beverage, the only tea grown in the country is at Tregothnan in Cornwall, and nearby Devon is known for its cream teas, so why not visit both places for a cup of English grown tea and a traditional Devon cream tea?
Great tea calls for a proper teapot and Teapot Island in Yalding, Kent is home to more than 6,700 of them, with many having unusual designs. You can even get a little hands-on and paint your own pottery to take home with you.
Speaking of teapots, you’ll find around 3,000 of them in the Twining Teapot Gallery at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, with some dating back to the 1730s. Or how about a visit to Stoke-on-Trent, known as the home of British pottery? You can learn more about all things ceramic there at the Gladstone Pottery Museum and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
And last but not least, if you happen to be a little further north in Yorkshire, be sure to stop off at one of the six Bettys Cafés located across the region in places including Harrogate and York.
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