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Learn about Afternoon Tea Times and the
Etiquette of this Elegant Ritu

It's tea time in the UK, and it's important to know the correct etiquette and afternoon tea, Windsor style.

It's 4 o'clock and it's time to learn the etiquette (afternoon tea and history). And nothing beats eating a freshly-baked plain scone, clotted cream and jam! If you like baking, check out our favourite chefs' recipes: how to make scones, plain ones and other scrumptuous fillings.

A History of Tea

The story of tea can be likened to the story of mankind. It includes the best of us and the worst of us. Throughout its history, tea has been used as a medicine, for meditation, as currency, as bribes and as a way of controlling revolts. It has been responsible for wars and conflicts around the world but it has also been the setting for parties and other, happier occasions. Tea has connected people from all walks of life - from the factory workers to the monks, from the leaf pluckers to Royalty, from the Chinese to the British.

The magical qualities of tea are so well-camouflaged that the leaves that create such a refreshing beverage are no more interesting than the leaves from many other shrubs.  However, if they are picked at the right time, processed in the right way, packaged in a way that protects them from humidity and mould, and brewed in the proper manner, these leaves will extract the most precious of flavours, like no other.

The Etiquette class includes the following Key topics: 

Etiquette, Afternoon tea Windsor style

Afternoon tea set: the accoutrements
The traditions & history of Afternoon tea

How tea is served at the Palace

Correct layering of your scone
How to eat finger sandwiches

Sandwiches, vegan options

Jam or cream first on a scone?

Scones, how to eat them with elegance

Why are pinkies called pinkies?
Lemon, sugar & other accompaniments
The myth of milk in first or last 

How to properly hold a teacup & saucer
How to stir your tea correctly

Pinkie finger etiquette
John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich
  Posture & Poise
Napkin placement etiquette
Use of the Patisserie fork
Tea Faux Pas
Polite tea talk


Two lions propping Laura Windsor in a photo

My colleagues had great fun in Lon for an afternoon tea etiquette. We loved the information you gave us, and were impressed by your elegance :)
Thank you very much for hosting this very pleasant afternoon!

Hanneke, Holland

We are so glad to have you give a lesson to the hosts of the TV show. The girls always think about the Tea Etiquette you taught when they were having tea in other tea places!

Faye Chow
TV travel producer
Hong Kong


Thank you so much for the Afternoon Tea etiquette session. The group absolutely loved you and they also said you look like Anne Hathaway but prettier! Thank you again!

Chinese agent
for a large group of Chinese business people and their families

I had great feedback from the guests! Students really enjoyed it.  I actually wanted to attend the lesson after seeing the video they took. Laura you look amazing in the video.

Lucie, China Tour Operator

Hi Laura, I'm Eric Wu. It's very nice to know you and it's great to have your lessons today. I've learned so much from you. Thank you so much. Again you are the most elegant lady I've ever met. My daughter said you're the princess and liked you so much.

Eric Wu

My time with Laura was absolutely incredible. Her professionalism and grace made the course one I'll never forget. I wish I could do it all over again :)

Rochelle Cohen
Eric Wu with his daughter and Laura Windsor
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