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Afternoon tea originated in the mid-1800s when Anna the 7th Duchess at Bedford (England) often found herself hungry in the late afternoon between breakfast and dinner which was frequently served at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. To stave off her late afternoon hunger, she ordered tea, bread and butter, and cakes delivered to her room. The tradition caught on and today is known as afternoon or high tea.
Today’s afternoon tea has evolved into a social tradition that is celebrated around the world and at more than a dozen locations throughout D.C. Here are some of the notable D.C. teas: