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Afternoon Tea the English Way

1 hour
Group size
Up to 20 people

Join a Tour Director for a primer on afternoon tea etiquette and British traditions.

Take a (virtual) hop across the pond to meet Matt, a Tour Director and avid tea drinker. He’ll invite you into his home to fill you in on tea culture, one of the most well-known British traditions.  The history of this tradition dates back hundreds of years, as does the etiquette surrounding it. Learn all about tea time, as well as how to make and enjoy the perfect “cuppa” using the methods he swears by.  During this Online Escape, you’ll experience a Cream Tea. This particularly delicious type of afternoon tea features a typical strong English tea paired with just one course: scones. Watch as he demonstrates how he makes light, fluffy scones and the clotted cream that goes with them. Matt will share his recipes with you, so you can try making them at home sometime too. Plus, you’ll get a primer on proper afternoon tea etiquette. Hear Matt’s take on tea time’s most controversial topics: Does milk or tea get poured first? Should scones be topped with cream or jam first? Is there such a thing as too much clotted cream? Whether you’re a seasoned tea drinker or not, his responses (and expertise, of course!) are worth tuning in for.

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • English Breakfast Tea (or any tea you have)
  • A kettle (or something to boil water in)
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • A tea pot & tea strainer (if you have them)
  • A cup & saucer
  • Small plates & a serving plate
  • Pre-made scones (optional)
  • Clotted cream & jam (or your favorite toppings)


Overall rating 5.0 out of 5
Based on 58 authentic and unedited participant reviews
12/16/20 by Anonymous

Matt was interesting, knowledgeable, kind, and helped provide a virtual escape to the English countryside for an afternoon tea. It was exactly the escape I was looking for!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi fellow traveler, thank you for joining us for this Escape to jolly England! Cheers!

A Tea Treat
12/12/20 by Elaine

Thanks for a delightful intro to tea time! I really enjoyed the session and it lifts the spirits to look ahead to upcoming trips!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi Elaine, thank you for sharing your thoughts. We hope to travel with you soon!

Tea for me
11/08/20 by Toni

Even better than I hoped for. Matt made this so much fun. He made it personal and enjoyable. I could almost taste the tea and scones. It was a great experience! Many thanks!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/23/2020

Hi Toni, Thank you for joining us. We are glad you had a blast with Matt!

Getting ready

How do I participate in this online afternoon tea lesson?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so for this escape on British tea etiquette, you’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone—whichever you prefer.

A link to manage your reservation, along with details about how to join, will be included in your confirmation email.

Who else will be joining in this virtual experience about afternoon tea?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join this online experience, you’ll meet your host, Matt, a British Tour Director, as well as anyone else who signs up. Each Online Escape has a maximum group size listed. Currently, Online Escapes are led in English and available to anyone in the United States and Canada.

What do I need for this online lesson on British traditions and afternoon tea?

In this online escape, you’ll learn what afternoon tea is and how to make it. To get the full experience, we recommend bringing:

  • English Breakfast Tea (or any tea you have)
  • A kettle (or something to boil water in)
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • A teapot & tea strainer (if you have them)
  • A cup & saucer
  • Small plates & a serving plate
  • Pre-made scones (optional)
  • Clotted cream & jam (or your favorite toppings)
What if I need to cancel?

While we hope you don’t have to, you can cancel your reservation online for a full refund up until 24 hours prior to the start of your Online Escape. You can read our full policy here.

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