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Maison Huit Talk Series

TALK SERIES | History of British Afternoon Tea

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James

Talk | 24 Nov, 3 - 4 p.m.

Venue | Maison Huit, G/F, No. 8A St Francis Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 19=840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.


Jonathan and Daniel Franks from I.Franks would talk about the origin and development of this quintessential British culture.


Daniel Franks

Jonathan Franks

In 2001 Daniel completed a Bsc in Biology at Queen Mary University with a specialism in Marine Biology, joining his Father in the business shortly thereafter. In 2009 Daniel completed a diploma in Gemmology at GEM-A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain. As well as taking part in the day to day running of the business, Daniel is also responsible for cataloguing all the silver items on the I.Franks website.

After completing a BA at St Martins College of Fine Art in 2000, Jonathan spent a few years living abroad. In 2003 he returned to London and undertook an MA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, which he graduated in 2005, shortly before joining his Father and Brother in the Silver Vaults. Jonathan is responsible for designing and coding the I.Franks website.

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