5 experiences revolving solely around tea

Date Posted: 26/08/2015

Did you know that Brits drink 165 million cups daily? That amounts to a staggering 60.2 billion cups of tea per year.

There seems to be an understandable thirst for all things brew-related – and that’s why the tea-loving staff at Group Leisure have decided to concoct a collection of tea-related experiences for you all to enjoy. Take a look at the 5 best places for afternoon tea around the world!

1. Tea on a bus

Enjoy tea on the move with French cafe BB Bakery, which offers an afternoon tea experience on a sightseeing bus tour of London.

A vintage bus will drive around central London, taking in sights including the Coca Cola London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park and more.

Meanwhile, you can sip on a cup of tea and enjoy sandwiches, French cakes and pastries.

Group bookings are available - you can hire out the top or bottom floors of the bus for parties of 22 and 12 respectively. Big groups are able to hire out the entire bus if preferred.

2. Tea in a pub

Due to open this September in south London, Brew is a new concept for the high street which will look like a pub, but instead of selling pints of beer, will provide pots of loose leaf tea.

The pub for tea will serve alcoholic tea cocktails such as the Earl Grey and Tonic and the Green Tea Martini.

Alongside cocktails Brew will offer food and cakes that match the flavours of the teas, and boasts day and night time opening hours.

3. Tea on a tour

Make time on a trip up to Edinburgh to include an afternoon tea tour, which includes some Scottish sightseeing and tea tasting.

The private guided tour visits the Japanese gardens at Lauriston Castle, the historic village of Cramond, and Rosslyn Chapel, which is famous for its appearance in the Da Vinci Code.

The tour is followed by a drive though the Borders countryside, ending with a delicious afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of Cringletie House Hotel, built in a Scottish baronial style.

4. Tea on a boat

Oxford River Cruises offers a delightful Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon tea cruise; much in the style of a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

The two hour cruise follows the same route up the river as that taken by Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell on the famous ‘Golden Afternoon’ in 1862 when he created the story of Alice in Wonderland to entertain Alice and her sisters.

The tea party spread includes ‘drink me’ tea, and ‘eat me’ sandwiches, petit fours and scones with clotted cream and jam.

Group booking is available.

5. Tea in a tree

This one’s for die-hard tea fans. If you want to experience a totally unique way of enjoying a cuppa, book yourself a flight over to Koh Kood Island in Thailand and take your afternoon tea 15 feet above the ground in a giant man-made replica of a bird’s nest.

Surrounded by sweeping coastal views and nestled against the tall trunks of massang trees, ‘tree pod dining’ is available at Soneva Kiri Resort. You’ll be hoisted up into the trees (don’t worry; you’re strapped in) and served by waiters on zip wires with a selection of teas, fruit and cakes.

A novelty and perhaps expensive way to consume something you can buy at a local café for less than a pound, but an incredible experience nonetheless.

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