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Afternoon Tea the English Way

1 hour
From $19.00
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 41 authentic and unedited participant reviews
Wonderful and Informative
09/01/20 by Jill

I'll be honest, this escape made me a little homesick for the UK. Matthew was a wonderful host for our afternoon tea and I learned not only etiquette, but also how to make a killer scone. Thank you for sharing your home with...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 9/09/2020

Hi Jill, You are not the only one. We also wish we could be in the UK right now, sipping on delightful tea and eating scones all afternoon. One day we will - fingers crossed!

Loved it!
08/30/20 by Jennifer

This was an awesome online escape. I loved learning all there is to know about a proper English tea. Fabulous guide! Very personable.

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 9/09/2020

Hi Jennifer! Reading your review brings a smile to our faces. Thank you for joining us!

08/23/20 by Maria

Matt was a wonderful host and helped us learn about English tea and its traditions. I highly recommend it.

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 9/09/2020

Hi Maria, Thank you for recommending this Escape to others. We are truly happy you enjoyed it. Cheers!

English Tea
08/22/20 by Anonymous

Matt was a delightful and fun host. He educated and interacted with the participants. Thank you Matt!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 9/09/2020

Hi fellow traveler, Thank you for joining us - we are glad you enjoyed and learned along with Matt. Cheers!

Short virtual escape
07/12/20 by Cindy

Loved every bit of this virtual Afternoon Tea! Friendly and informative guide- lots of interesting details- recommend this 🙂

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/27/2020

Hello Cindy, we are glad you enjoyed this Escape. Let us know if you make clotted cream at home. Yum!

Getting ready

How do I participate?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so 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?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join, you’ll meet your host 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 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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