Have a Legendary Afternoon Tea at The Willard’s Peacock Alley

Tea time has never been a fully adopted American tradition, but after an afternoon tea at the Willard InterContinental you may just begin adopting tea into your daily routine. The Willard’s Peacock Alley serves tea to guests between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m every day during the fall and winter and every weekend during spring and summer. Keeping with the classic tea-time tradition, guests are also served delicate tea-pastries. You can order champagne as well, which offers an interesting contrast between the properties of the two beverages.

Peacock Alley is one of the only places in the D.C. area to serve authentic Indian Darjeeling tea. Often nicknames “The Champagne of Teas,” authentic Darjeeling is so difficult to obtain and rare to find because the best leaves grow on the steep slopes of India and Nepal. The tea is primarily oolong with fruity, floral, and astringent flavors, and undertones of musk.

Contrary to popular American belief, Afternoon Tea actually began in 18th century France. The practice spread and became wildly popular in England among upper class women in the mid 1800s, when the Duchess of Bedford had trays of tea with bread, butter and cake in order to stave-off her appetite until dinner which was often as late as 9:00 p.m. The Willard proudly continues this high society tradition today, so come to the nation’s capital and sip like royalty!

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