How the British love their tea!

British foods at Rose Tree Cottage, PasadenaA box of tea bags is the food item most likely to be found stashed inside the suitcases of British travelers going abroad. I found this fascinating bit of gourmet triva while reading the Daily Mail at breakfast in London a few weeks back. A survey of shoppers discovered that…

Tea at London’s Maids of Honour

How do I top off a morning after viewing the world-class gardens at Kew?  I like to stop for tea at the Original Maids of Honour, located outside the garden wall on Kew Road. It’s my favorite refreshment stop along the short walk back to Kew station for the 30-minute tube ride to Central London.Those who…

Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s Hotel in London

I was delighted to spend a leisurely August afternoon with my writing partner Jane Pettigrew at one of the most stylish of all London hotels—Claridges.  On the way, Soho traffic became so snarled that we had to abandon our cab and walk a few blocks.  Finally, fifteen minutes late and a bit stressed, we were greeted…