Legend has it that the ancient Chinese emperor Shen Nung discovered tea. While sitting beneath a tree, a gust of wind blew tea leaves into his cup of boiling water and the rest is history.
The tradition of afternoon tea time, however, is credited to the United Kingdom, where the seventh Duchess of Bedford craved a midday snack to curb her hunger between lunch and dinner. Today, a teatime renaissance is brewing. As tea has changed with cultures across the globe, so have its flavors and designs evolved to echo its environment. Think less Earl Grey on a silver tray and more experimental pairings of tea and treats. From elaborate tea trees to colorfully crafted bites, let’s raise a cup to tea so beautiful you almost hate to take a sip.
At Conrad Osaka, guests can select the Spiral Afternoon Tea, which mirrors the hotel lobby’s signature spiral staircase or choose the traditional Japanese lacquered tsuzura box. Both pair seasonal fruit and local ingredients, like purple potato, sakura and yuzu with the finest TWG Tea from Singapore.
Opt for the Spiral Afternoon Tea for savory bites or select a colorful tsuzura box to satisfy your sweet tooth. Sip and savor it all to live music from the 40th-floor Sky Bar & Lounge with views of the Dojima River.
Book your stay at Conrad Osaka to enjoy spiral-designed tea or a tsuzura box.
Conrad London St. James boasts a Broadway Afternoon Tea themed around some of the globes’ most famous shows: The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. Pair the Cherry Mary Cocktail (yes, this tea can be spiked) with the Poppins Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake or the Phantom Candied Ginger & Navel Orange Opera Cake.
The hotel’s most popular tea-time drink is influenced by London’s gin renaissance: a Gin & Tea. Take a seat in Emmeline’s Lounge for a cup of Cream Tea, a classic British favorite, which includes freshly baked scones served with Devonshire Clotted Cream, accompanied by your choice of single-batch G&T.
Sip and savor Broadway style when you book your stay at Conrad London St. James.
Like its ever-changing home city, Conrad Tokyo is always evolving its afternoon tea. In fact, the property updates its tea offerings every two months to reflect the surrounding fashion and architectural trends. The Winter Dreams of Pearls Afternoon Tea is inspired by the pearly white winter views of Hamarikyu Garden and Tokyo Bay from the TwentyEight bar and lounge. The Strawberry Rouge Afternoon Tea celebrates the beauty of women through makeup and fashion with strawberry pink sweets.
Reserve your stay at Conrad Tokyo and try a seasonal tea-time treat.
Forgo the traditional bite-sized afternoon tea options. Conrad Dublin offers a full Tea Time experience at their signature Lemuel’s lounge bar, featuring sizable portions of both sweet and savory treats.
Guests follow a culinary journey, exploring the origins and concepts for their bites and traditional steeped JING Teas, which guests can hand-select. Or, for added sparkle, upgrade to Champagne. The traditional three-tier stand includes a selection of six sweet and three savory options crafted by pastry chef Brizaida Hernandez.
Book your stay at Conrad Dublin to enjoy your hand-selected JING tea pairing.
Explore more unique afternoon tea experiences around the globe when you stay with Conrad Hotels & Resorts.