Traditional Afternoon Tea was born in Bloomsbury, central London. Nearly 200 years ago.
The Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, felt like she needed something to curb her hunger in the afternoons before dinner later on. She started to invite friends over for biscuits, little cakes and small finger sandwiches. Follow in Anna's footsteps and indulge in afternoon tea at Bedford Hotel. The Duchess was the landlady of the original Bedford Hotel and knew the Walduck family, who owned the property and still run Imperial London Hotels, based in Bloomsbury, today.