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Afternoon Tea the English Way

1 hour
From $25.00 CAD
Group size
Up to 20 people

Join a Tour Director for a primer on afternoon tea etiquette and British traditions.

Take a (virtual) hop across the pond to meet Matt, a Tour Director and avid tea drinker. He’ll invite you into his home to fill you in on tea culture, one of the most well-known British traditions.  The history of this tradition dates back hundreds of years, as does the etiquette surrounding it. Learn all about tea time, as well as how to make and enjoy the perfect “cuppa” using the methods he swears by.  During this Online Escape, you’ll experience a Cream Tea. This particularly delicious type of afternoon tea features a typical strong English tea paired with just one course: scones. Watch as he demonstrates how he makes light, fluffy scones and the clotted cream that goes with them. Matt will share his recipes with you, so you can try making them at home sometime too. Plus, you’ll get a primer on proper afternoon tea etiquette. Hear Matt’s take on tea time’s most controversial topics: Does milk or tea get poured first? Should scones be topped with cream or jam first? Is there such a thing as too much clotted cream? Whether you’re a seasoned tea drinker or not, his responses (and expertise, of course!) are worth tuning in for.

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • English Breakfast Tea (or any tea you have)
  • A kettle (or something to boil water in)
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • A tea pot & tea strainer (if you have them)
  • A cup & saucer
  • Small plates & a serving plate
  • Pre-made scones (optional)
  • Clotted cream & jam (or your favorite toppings)


Overall rating 5.0 out of 5
Based on 37 authentic and unedited participant reviews
Short virtual escape
07/12/20 by Cindy

Loved every bit of this virtual Afternoon Tea! Friendly and informative guide- lots of interesting details- recommend this 🙂

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/27/2020

Hello Cindy, we are glad you enjoyed this Escape. Let us know if you make clotted cream at home. Yum!

07/08/20 by Anonymous

The host was fun. He presented a proper tea and had a wonderful knowledge of the history of the English Afternoon Tea. I would recommend this escape.

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/27/2020

Hello traveler! Thank you for your feedback - we hope to get an invitation once you organize your own afternoon tea session!

07/07/20 by McKaley

We were originally supposed to be in England right now, so we booked this to imitate something of our postponed trip. Matt was quite entertaining and helped us escape our homes for an hour- it felt just like we were sitting a...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/27/2020

Hi McKaley! We are happy to read that, despite not being able to travel to England due to travel restrictions, you felt like you were having afternoon tea in London! We hope to tak...

Afternoon Tea with Matt
06/25/20 by Susan

Afternoon tea with Matt was delightful. I personally met Matt in 2018 when he was our tour director on a trip to London, Paris and Rome. It was great to see Matt and reconnect with him. The escape was thoroughly enjoyable....

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/27/2020

Hi Susan! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed this Escape to London with Matt. We aren't surprised you enjoyed this experience as Matt is a very talented and charismatic Tour D...

Afternoon Tea with Matt
06/21/20 by Laura

Our afternoon tea with Matt was very enjoyable. We were on tour with Matt in 2018 and we found him to be so personally engaging with everyone on tour. He is a wealth of information and filled us in on the history of tea. He a...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/06/2020

Hi Laura, Reading this warms our hearts - truly! We appreciate your kind feedback about your host Matt and we are delighted to read that this was a sort of "virtual reunion" for yo...

Getting ready

How do I participate?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so you’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone—whichever you prefer.

A link to manage your reservation, along with details about how to join, will be included in your confirmation email.

Who else will be joining?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join, you’ll meet your host as well as anyone else who signs up. Each Online Escape has a maximum group size listed. Currently, Online Escapes are led in English and available to anyone in the United States and Canada.

What if I need to cancel?

While we hope you don’t have to, you can cancel your reservation online for a full refund up until 24 hours prior to the start of your Online Escape. You can read our full policy here.

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