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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 4 authentic and unedited participant reviews
A delightful escape to England
05/11/20 by Allison

The hour I spent with Matt with chatting all things scones ("scons"), clotted cream, and tea was wonderful. I loved learning the intricacies of how clotted cream is made, since that's not something we ever really do here in t...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/15/2020

Hi Allison! Matt is such a wonderful host and we are so happy you share the same sentiment. His class is indeed very soothing and entertaining. It definitely makes us want to trave...

Lovely afternoon tea!
05/12/20 by Kristina

I so enjoyed the afternoon tea experience with Matt. It was such a nice way to connect with people during these times! Matt was informative and funny. Also in the class was another tour guide, Maggie, who made the scones a...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/15/2020

Hi Kristina! Thank you for sharing your feedback and for letting us know how much fun you had during this Online Escape. We are happy you enjoyed the banter between Maggie and Matt...

Great Way to Relax With Tea, Scones, and a Great Book!
05/13/20 by Donna

I really enjoyed this escape! The setting was perfect! Matt did a great job of including everyone in the group in conversations. He not only gave and demonstrated the recipes, but he shared bits of English history, culture, ...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/15/2020

Hi Donna! Reading your review really brings a smile to our faces. Thank you for sharing your impressions of this Escape and for letting us know how much fun you had with Matt! He i...

05/15/20 by Bettye

Joining this escape was the closest I have been to traveling during the months of this pandemic. Just listening to Matt's British accent transported me to London. I have made scones before but not from scratch. After watch...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/19/2020

Hi Bettye, Matt's afternoon tea class really does transport you to London and make you want to travel there next! Thank you for your feedback and suggestions, this will be really h...

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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