Hotels are coming on board in droves as the event offers an excellent opportunity to polish up the tea service in boutique establishments.
In 1840 Anne, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, started requesting tea, bread and cake at 4pm to stave off hunger until dinner, and soon afternoon tea became a much-loved, quintessentially British tradition.
National Afternoon Tea Week celebrates our great tea drinkijng heritage with a week of activities, themed menus and offers in hotels, restaurants and tearooms across the UK.
During National Afternoon Tea Week guests and visitor will be able to enjoy 25% off a range of afternoon teas from participating hotels.
Iconic afternoon tea destinations already taking part include The Dochester, Kettners, Sketch and The Corinthia Hotel London with many more to be announced shortly.
Keith Newton, founder of Afternoon Tea Week, says: “We created Afternoon Tea Week to celebrate this most British of dining traditions and to give tourists and locals alike the opportunity to step inside and experience some of the country’s most exquisite afternoon tea venues.
"From famous five-star hotels in London to a castle in Gloucestershire, luxury stores to double decker buses, there’s something for everyone.”
Find out what’s happening in your region on afternoontea.co.uk