In Japan, tea is more than just a hot drink. It is a very important ritual that has a lot of meaning within the culture. The tea ceremony represents purity, tranquillity, respect and harmony and a lot of preparation goes into this important event. Discover more about the history of Japanese tea below.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s afternoon tea. Credit: Ewan Munro
Afternoon tea is a quintessential English tradition and it’s a wonderful way to stop and relax, enjoy a moment with friends and family and treat yourself to some top-notch tea and gourmet eats. London has dozens of afternoon tea experiences available, however if you want to go beyond the typical cucumber sandwiches with no crusts you could try one of these alternatives to afternoon tea at the Ritz.
Tea is, of course, the UK’s favourite tipple. In fact, it’s thought Britons go through 165 million cuppas every single day. That’s over 60 billion each year. Yet not many of us know quite how to make the very most of a cup of tea. I sat down with the Rare Tea Company’s Henrietta Lovell, star of TRULY’s tea tasting experiences, to get some pointers from an expert on how to go tea tasting.
Britain really isn’t enjoying tea as much as much as it should. Despite being a national obsession – Brits get through 165 million ‘cuppas’ every day – that was my feeling after meeting with the country’s ‘Tea Lady’, Henrietta Lovell.
Lovell is the founder of Rare Tea Company. Naturally, she knows a thing or two about tea.