Dating back to 1840, the concept of Afternoon Tea as a social occasion was inspired by Anna, Duchess of Bedford, who found herself peckish in the ever extending gap between breakfast and a fashionably late dinner. Mid afternoon servings of tea, bread, butter and cake to the bedroom became a ritual, and soon the Duchess started inviting her friends over to share the spread. The occasion grew in popularity amongst upper-class and high society women in the 19th century who would dress in their finest attire to indulge in the drawing room. Evidently, as Afternoon Tea Week 2017 approaches, the tradition has stood the test of time. To celebrate we’ve picked out some of the best spots in London Bridge to take your tea in style… High Chai at The LaLit London Experience afternoon tea with a twist at The LaLit London. Their unique dishes strike the perfect balance between Indian luxury and British traditional, with adventurous treats such as Scones with Saffron Skrikhand and Bangla Scotch Eggs. Served from The Gallery with a spectacular view of The Great Hall. Served 1-5PM Daily £47 pp | Menu Oblix – London Afternoon Tea From Brick Lane market spices, to Cannon & Cannon’s of Lambeth’s cured angus beef, the London Afternoon Tea of Oblix takes the diner on a culinary tour of the city. To be enjoyed with panoramic views of the capital from level 32 of The Shard – you might even be able to spot the origins of your plate from afar… Served Monday – Friday: 12 – 3.30pm and Saturday – Sunday: 2:45 – 4:30pm From £38pp | Menu The Ivy Tower Bridge Freshly baked fruited scones and truffled brioche sandwiches have starring roles in this decadent spread. Combined with an unrivalled view of one of London’s most famous landmark’s – The Ivy Tower Bridge’s afternoon tea has all the ingredients for a quintessential British experience. Served 3-5PM Daily From £19.75 per person | Menu The Refectory at Southwark Cathedral Pair your culture fix at the beautiful Southwark Cathedral with a traditional tea in the calm oasis of The Refectory courtyard. The tea includes scones, a selection of finger sandwiches and homemade cakes and bakes. Served Wednesday – Friday Call to book | Menu TING at The Shard – South East Asian Afternoon Tea TING pride themselves on their seasonal tea experiences made fresh from locally sourced produce. Opt for the Asian Afternoon Tea and expect your scones to be accompanied with champagne and an exotic line up of Mango Rice Paper Rolls, Pink Guava Mousse and Rendang Brioche Buns… Served from 12-4PM Daily £58 pp | Menu Afternoon Tea Week is from Monday August 14th – Sunday 20th. Explore restaurants in the area.