The tradition of afternoon tea is credited to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who began the habit of ordering tea and cakes to her room to keep full until dinner. She decided to invite friends over for the activity, and soon the tradition took hold. By the late 1800s, it was common for the British elite to enjoy afternoon refreshments at elegant tea parties. For the working class people who couldn’t take a break until later in the afternoon, the tradition became known as “high tea,” named after the tall stools the workers would sit on. Afternoon tea is one of the most quintessential English customs and can today be enjoyed all around the world. Here we have highlighted some of the coolest tea experiences uploaded to Pao that each add a new touch to the 19th century tradition. With so many different options, at least one of these spots is sure to be your cup of tea!