The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young women in the early 1800s she lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occuring late in the evening. Weakened and irritated by hunger pangs each day, she decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time well-heeled…
The Grapes - Narrow Street's famous pub that Charles Dickens himself used to visit. It even featured in one of his novels, 'Our Mutual Friend'. Now owned by local Limehouse resident Sir Ian McKellan, it's a very cosy pub famous for its fish restaurant with great views over the River Thames.
The Chalice Well, Glastonbury, England Also known as ‘The Well of Avalon’ Archaeological evidence suggests that the well has been in almost constant use for at least two thousand years. Water issues from the spring at a rate of 25,000 gallons per day and has never failed, even during drought. The water is believed to possess healing qualities.
Town of Ramsgate in London, is the oldest pub on the River Thames, circa 1469. Situated in Wapping this was the pub where Judge Jeffries (the hanging judge) was arrested trying to flee to the continent.
The George, or George Inn, is a public house established in the medieval period on Borough High Street in Southwark, London. Currently owned and leased by the National Trust, it is located on the south side of the River Thames near London Bridge.
St Bartholomew's gatehouse that leads to the oldest parish church in London - St Bartholomew-the-Great - was built in the sixteenth century and is where Queen Mary ate chicken and drank red wine while watching Protestant martyrs burn at the stake. It was only when a first World War German Zeppelin bomb in 1916 fell nearby that the tiles to this arch fell off to reveal this Elizabethan half timber fronted house built in 1597.