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Woburn: the birthplace of afternoon tea

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When my friend Ayesha came up from London for the weekend and said she’d never tried afternoon tea, I took her to Woburn in Bedfordshire, which claims to be its birthplace. According to Woburn Abbey, the seventh Duchess of Bedford – Anna Maria – invented afternoon tea in the 1840s because she felt the hours between luncheon and dinner were far too long. She needed sandwiches and cakes at five o’clock to tide her over.

The Duchess Anna Maria afternoon tea is £16.25 a person and you can add a glass of champagne for £7.25.

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I’m wearing:

Coat – charity shop

Lace gloves – vintage

Bag – Beyond Retro

Brogues – Pied A Terre

Umbrella – Lulu Guinness

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