There’s so much to love about afternoon tea. It’s the perfect midday respite from a hectic afternoon, where one can unwind and catch up with friends while tucking into dainty scones and cakes. And if you’re enjoying a long, lazy afternoon tea on a weekday — instead of being cooped up at work in the office — it simply feels all the more decadent.
So it may be surprising that few know about the origins of afternoon tea. The quintessentially English custom is believed to have been started by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who was said to suffer from ‘hunger spells’ between lunch and dinner. Tea, cake, and bread with butter became her remedies on late afternoons, and she savoured them in the comfort of her boudoir. Her friends were soon invited to partake in her daily teatime ritual, and this quickly evolved into an aristocratic social event.
Today, afternoon tea has become popular everywhere, including in Singapore, where teatime is celebrated every day in some of the city’s best restaurants. Read on for our picks of Singapore’s finest weekday afternoon tea spots.
(Main and featured image: The Lobby Lounge)
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