Drinking tea is one of the most quintessential things you can do when studying abroad in the United Kingdom. Tea is an integral part of British culture and was originated in London coffee houses in the mid 17th century. Afternoon Tea is an incredibly popular cultural tradition in the UK and there are numerous venues that offer this indulgent afternoon treat. It was introduced to Britain in the early 1840s and evolved as a ‘mini-meal’ in anticipation of an evening meal. There are many places that you can experience afternoon tea and it is definitely something you should do while studying abroad in London.
Karaolina Klatka, one of our study abroad in London student bloggers, has been discovering what her favourite tea is. Hear more from her experiences below:
“Since studying abroad in London, I have noticed that tea is the answer for just about any occasion or situation. Need a pick me up after your morning commute? Tea please! Need warming up after a rain-soaked evening walk? Yes, more tea please! Also, creating the perfect tea is incredibly important. You have to pour just the right amount of milk. Too much milk and you lose the flavour of the tea. Too little milk and you lose the creamy goodness.
Earl Grey is definitely the best tea that I have tried during my study abroad program in London. Most places tend to serve an Earl Grey tea as standard; it always seems to be delicious no matter where I go. The best Earl Grey tea that I have tried was during an ‘Afternoon Tea for Two’ experience.
Our Earl Grey tea came in a beautiful eggshell teal teapot and the milk on the side was poured delicately from a black metal creamer. Honestly, the Earl Grey tea was by far better than any order of tea in the United States. We managed to have a couple of full cups of tea each – there was even little left to take away with us! My roommate and I also had a decadent polenta cake with blueberries and pear. The icing was topped with a few fresh blueberries. Delicious.
Soon I’ll be taking the perfection of Earl Grey tea for granted. One thing is for certain: I’m going to make the most of it! God thank the Queen for wonderful tea.”
Most tea and coffee shops in London are very student friendly. Most places offer 10% discounts which is an excellent saving to my daily treat. It also makes me feel a little less guilty about all the coffee and tea that I am consuming since I started studying in London.”
This content was contributed by Karolina Klatka one of our student bloggers. She is studying abroad this Spring on an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program in London, England through the London Consortium.