History of Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea has become quite mainstream in popular culture with pictures and posts flooding our feeds; from fancy hotels, teapots filled with gin and of course our own vintage buses. The opportunities for afternoon tea are endless.

 

But where did the whole tradition start? And why is it such a fancy occasion?

 

pic from afternoon tea.co.uk

pic from afternoon tea.co.uk

 

The story goes that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, complained of “having that sinking feeling” between lunch and dinner. These days, she would have been given a protein bar and cup of coffee and be sent on her way but times were different in 1840 and she was, of course, a duchess. So instead a tray of tea, bread and butter and a selection of small cakes were brought to her in her boudoir.

 

Such was the spectacle of the whole thing that she began inviting friends around and before she knew it “afternoon tea” became the thing to do for upper class and society women. I suppose the Duchess was what we’d nowadays call an influencer!

pic from britainandbritishness.com

pic from britainandbritishness.com

 

By the 1880s Afternoon Tea was so popular that women would dress up specifically for it. They also began serving it in the drawing room of their houses rather than bedrooms.

 

Today afternoon tea is an occasion, an excuse to get dressed up and meet old friends, celebrate a mother’s birthday or just to treat yourself and those you love.

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If you want afternoon tea with a difference we’d love to welcome you on board our vintage Routemaster bus and take you on a tour like no other.

The Little Museum of Dublin

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If there’s one thing us Dubs are good at it’s storytelling. We’re a proud country with a diverse, rich and sometimes wacky history. When tourists from around the world come to our fair isle they want to experience this and one place in particular that has got this art of storytelling down is The Little Museum of Dublin!

 

 

 

The Little Museum of Dublin is a small museum nestled on the edge of St. Stephen’s Green Park. It’s a charming museum located in a Georgian house which documents the last 100 years of Irish, and in particular Dublin’s, history. It houses over 5,000 artefacts all donated by the people of Ireland.

 

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Among these artefacts is the music stand that John F. Kennedy used as a lectern while giving a speech in the Dail and one of the first ever copies of Ulysses ever published in the English language.

 

 

 

With so much to do in Dublin this little museum offers a short but informative 29 minute guided tour of one floor of the house (the other two are self guided). So much is jam packed into the tour I found myself wanting to take notes.

 

As a Dubliner, born and bred, I’ve been on many a tour and heard many a story. However, our guide Joan had stories and facts that I had never heard!! One in particular about the ducks in Stephen’s Green had my heart melted (I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll have to find out for yourself).

 

 

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I can’t recommend a trip to the Little Museum of Dublin enough. With each wall plastered with memorabilia, posters and photos from a bygone era, it’s difficult not to feel a sense of pride and nostalgia of what our little country has accomplished.

More info on their tours can be found at www.littlemuseum.ie