When it comes to historic, tradition and a true taste of the classic afternoon tea – London Marriott County Hall is the perfect destination. An impressive entrance and endless wooden cladded hallways make for a rather grand arrival to the Library Lounge.
A library like no other
Once the members’ library of London’s County Council, this beautiful space is steeped in history – from the original oak bookcases stacked with literary classics to sweeping views over the city’s most historic and photographed landmarks. This place is surrounded by artifacts which formerly belonged to the London Government, which are now considered part of English Heritage.
Tea with a view
The quintessential of British ritual is available to both hotel residents and non-residents alike and features a selection of delectable sandwiches, homemade scones and pastries. One of the many advantages of afternoon tea at the Library is the stunning views of the River Thames, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
A great British tradition
Anna Maria, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, is credited with the introduction of afternoon tea in 1840. She is said to have experienced what she called a ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the afternoon due to the long gap between light luncheon and her evening meal.
To relieve her hunger pangs she asked her footman to bring her a pot of tea and a little light refreshment, and soon she enjoyed this ritual so much she began to invite her friends over for tea and gossip about the latest scandal.
The tradition eventually caught on and afternoon tea became all the rage among the upper crust. Soon all fashionable Londoners was indulging in the art of afternoon tea, including the Royals.