Where to Lift Your Pinky all Around the World

Check at the Stay Boutique Crew’s favorite places for high tea

The Peninsula Hong Kong

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Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

“The Peninsula’s rituals are rooted in British custom as The Duchess of Bedford is credited with launching the fashion of afternoon tea in 1830.  By the 1840s, wafer-thin slivers of bread encasing thinly sliced cucumber and platters of light sponge cakes were served in the new tea gardens of Vauxhall and Marylebone and by later Victorian years, tea was a well-established meal with its own distinctive array of foods, including savoury sandwiches, hot teacakes, English muffins or scones.  Tea was a time to share gossip and show off one’s prettiest teapots and china, so hostesses vied with each other to produce the most refined sweetmeats and elegant table settings.The Peninsula extends this tradition by serving tea in cups of eggshell-thin bone china, in the magnificent The Lobby, with its celebrated classical columns and gargoyles.”

Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at The English Tea Room
London, United Kingdom

“The English Tea Room at Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel serves the most famous afternoon tea in London. The sophisticated and stylish interior is traditional yet modern thanks to the original wood paneling, fire places and Jacobean detailed plaster ceiling and contemporary style with Paul Smith lighting, fashionable fabrics and original artworks. There is a unique installation of artworks curated by The John Martin Gallery on display…Brown’s Hotel is pleased to offer a traditional Gong Fu Tea Set, as part of their specially curated ‘Seasonal Tea Library’ menu. Brown’s has recognised the growing trends in fine tea appreciation and, together with JING, are taking their afternoon tea service to another level. Chinese in essence but modern in form, JING’s Gong Fu Tea Set equips tea connoisseurs and new comers alike with all they need to enjoy an uplifting tea ceremony. Hand crafted by master glass makers, the set comprises a teapot, pitcher, and elegant twin walled cups. Presented atop a bamboo water tray, this authentic approach to tea preparation is rooted in Asian tradition, stylishly preserving its very essence.”

The Pierre, a Taj Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at Two E Bar
New York City, U.S.A.

The Langham Xintiandi
Hotel de Crillon
Nigiro South Africa

The Tea Room QVB


Sydney, Australia

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

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Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley
Dubai, United Arab Emirates