May QUIZ: Answer!

Published: 03/06/2024 By Allan Fuller

May's Quiz Question was: 

  1. Which London Hotel was the first in the world to allow ladies to have afternoon tea without a male chaperone? 

Answer: The Ritz  

Today’s definition of Afternoon Tea has come a long way since its conception in the 1840s by the Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, a lifelong friend of Queen Victoria and a prominent member of London society. During a visit to the Duke of Rutland, she requested a light refreshment consisting of tea and cake or sandwiches to stave off ‘that sinking feeling’ between lunch and dinner. The ideal way to punctuate the afternoon, soon she started inviting friends to enjoy it with her. Given her influence, it didn’t take long before other ladies of society started to host their own tea parties and so, Afternoon Tea was born. 

As time went on, the custom became increasingly popular. Afternoon Tea transformed from a light, mid-afternoon snack to the grand ceremony it is today, consisting of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries, accompanied by tea and often a glass of Champagne.

Quiz winner 

Seems that afternoon tea is very popular judging by the vast number of responses to our May competition.

The answer is of course the Ritz in Piccadilly, and our winner picked at random is Shinez at VAAL Studio - please email to arrange to collection/delivery of your voucher for Tea at the Ritz.