I can’t say that I’m big on all of the hoopla surrounding the forthcoming Royal nuptials on Friday. I, for one, will not be losing precious sleep to watch it live (of course, I’ll catch the recap), but I will say that it has brought my focus back to one of my favorite cities, London, and the many longstanding British traditions. Among my favorites is the institution of high tea.

High Tea at the Terrace BarI was lucky enough to find myself in London with my family as an 11-year-old where my parents took us to afternoon tea at Harrods. I have been hooked on tea, finger sandwiches and mini-tarts ever since.

Side note: My latest tea obsession is the Earl Grey Lavender tea from Rishi Tea. It instantly transports me to Chateau Dumas and its surrounding lavender fields (and the many sachets I made while there).

Anyway…one of the newsletters I receive pointed me in the direction of a travel tour based on tea, antiques and history, so of course it grabbed my attention.

Crown & Crumpet, a San Francisco-based tea salon (how fancy!), has partnered with Armstrong & Hedges Tour Company to put together what promises to be a delectable and in-depth tour of England.

Tea Tour through England

Here’s just a few of the highlights:

  • Lots of tea consumption (a given), including afternoon tea with Jane Pettigrew.
  • Several days of antique hunting both in London and in smaller villages.
  • Workshops and private tours of historic homes and museums.
  • Visits to famous sites such as Princess Diana’s childhood home, the Rothschild Estate and the Dukes of Devonshire home (think Mr. Darcy’s estate from Pride & Prejudice).

Amy and Christopher Dean, proprietors of Crown & Crumpet, are leading the tour so you’re bound to pick up extra tips on their favorite tea rooms, shops and spots around town.

The 12 day trip is schedule for the middle of August and comes with a hefty price tag, but with all that it includes, it doesn’t seem so bad.

If this has piqued your interest, you can see the full itinerary, here.

Bottoms up!

- Colleen

P.S. I noticed that Armstrong & Hedges also offers a San Francisco Flea Market trip throughout the summer and fall. SO tempting!