Afternoon tea for 7p? Those were the days – the days of 1865 in fact when tea at London's Langham Hotel cost just that. To celebrate the hotel's 146th anniversary on 10 June, Palm Court at The Langham, London is offering guests the chance to enjoy its delicious Wonderland Tea, £38 these days, for the original 1865 price one shilling and sixpence or seven pence to you and me.
The tradition of afternoon tea can be traced back to 1840 and is widely acknowledged to have been invented by Anna, Seventh Duchess of Bedford, to ward off hunger pangs in the long hours between lunch and dinner. The Langham took up the baton in 1865 when it began serving tea to the cream of Victorian society. Last year, almost a century and a half later, Palm Court's Wonderland Tea won the coveted Top London Afternoon Tea Award from The Tea Guild.
Unsurprisingly, places are limited so you've got until 31 May to register online at www.palm-court.co.uk/1865.html whereupon names will then be chosen at random and winners will receive their reservation notifications by 3 June. Are you feeling lucky?