We are afternoon tea enthusiasts through and through, but particularly on a Saturday afternoon with the appropriate friends (civility is required)!
We heard that Home House offers a showstopping afternoon tea, so we grabbed three of our favourite people and whizzed off to Marylebone’s most stunning Georgian townhouse.
Afternoon Tea Options
1. Traditional Afternoon Tea
Perfect for: The tasteful and sensible members of society
2. Champagne Afternoon Tea
Perfect for: The fun crowd
3. The Grand Afternoon Tea
Perfect for: The exuberant and decadent showstoppers who LOVE getting on the lash
* Afternoon tea is served daily to members and guests at Home House between 3pm and 6pm *
For some very strange reason, Thierry booked the traditional afternoon tea over the champagne afternoon tea. I ordered a champagne ‘Lady of Mayfair’ cocktail on the side to get over the shock of this decision.
One cocktail down and I was feeling like Marie Antoinette, basking in an eclectic fusion of 18th and 21st century splendour and sugar. The boys reclined on the neo-classical style sofas, exuding Louis XVI in pastel coloured outfits (yes).
As you can see from the photo, the food is extremely aesthetically pleasing! I can envision this display going down very well at Ascot or Glyndebourne. Perhaps Piet Mondrian was an inspiration for the patissier?
A Short History of Afternoon Tea
Tea and cake is very much a part of our wonderful British heritage. Around 3:30pm every day, I go on the hunt for tea/coffee and cake with my female colleagues in Mayfair. We are extremely lucky to have so many options on our doorstep: Fortnum & Mason, Ladurée, The Ritz, The George Club, Lola’s Cupcakes, Caffè Concerto and Aubaine, etc.
After doing a little reading on the concept of ‘afternoon tea’, I discovered that it didn’t become a thing until 1840. It was officially invented by a lady called Anna Maria Russell, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. It is said that Anna would consume a pot of tea and a light snack in her boudoir, banishing those pesky hunger pangs between lunch and dinner.
Home House was the home of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, between 1809 and 1820. For this reason, it is rude not to opt for an Earl Grey as your beverage of choice during the Home House ‘traditional’ afternoon tea!
It was Lady Grey, an entrepreneur and the inspiration behind the subsequent ‘Lady Grey’ tea, who decided that Earl Grey tea should be sold to the masses. Interestingly, ‘Lady Grey Tea’ was invented by Twinings in the early 90s, created to appeal to those who found Earl Grey tea a little too overpowering.
Coincidentally, the following week was the Montagu Square Garden Party, which I was photographing. Home House sponsored the event and provided the catering, so I was delighted to be back in the presence of such wonderful edible works of art!
Lots of local businesses and residents were commenting on the beautiful food tents that Home House provided for the event.
Catch you soon!