Afternoon tea might be rooted in English traditions, but the elegant pastime lives on in many of D.C.’s most luxurious hotels (and a few other special spots). According to legend, Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, popularized afternoon tea time in the 19th century because she got hungry between meals. The practice really became fashionable among England’s upper classes during that same century. D.C. lost an afternoon tea mainstay with the closure of Georgetown’s Ching Ching Cha last month.
Many hotels and restaurants cater to afternoon tea lovers all year long. Here are a dozen places around D.C. to find spreads of sumptuous scones, exquisite pastries, and finger sandwiches served with steaming pots of tea.Read More