Living in London – ‘High Tea’

If you are settling in after your move to London, you might find some of your new friends and acquaintances talking about having ‘tea’, and while the English do have a reputation for being a nation of tea drinkers, it might be worthwhile learning about the distinction between tea, high tea and dinner or supper. Many people in London still refer to their evening meal as ‘tea’ although there is no tea served! Having tea is a meal that is served in the early evening when people get home from work. It is early than most people eat their dinner, but it is a casual meal, usually served at the kitchen table so that children can be included in the meal. Served at around 5 pm, it is a small snack if you going out later in the evening for a meal, or it can even be a full meal.