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The Best Holiday Teas in London

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons shares her recommendations on the best places to take tea in London this holiday season — from grand hotels to quaint cafes.

How to Drink a Cuppa (Tea)

Never mind that tea wasn’t introduced to Britain until the mid-17th century or that coffee actually preceded it to the Scepter’d Isle: The image of an English afternoon tea is practically synonymous with refined British culture. Here’s how to drink a cuppa properly.

Take a break from the busy city and enjoy an afternoon sipping tea and savoring sweets at one of New York City’s best places for a steaming cup of Earl Grey or Darjeeling. [Fodor's] As the holiday season approaches, catch up on changes to airport policies such as security, baggage fees, and boarding rules. [New…

Egypt’s Coffeehouses

By Carl Hoffman Writer Carl Hoffman traveled to Egypt in February 2011, a week after popular demonstrations led to the president’s resignation. These are his observations. The air was smoky but sweet, the sounds unmistakable: glasses clinking and dominoes and backgammon dice clacking, newspaper pages turning, and the constant low hum of voices. In Egypt…

The World in Your Teacup

Anytime is tea time for Lisa Boalt Richardson. The author of the award-winning Tea with a Twist was one of the first 15 people in the world to graduate from the Specialty Tea Institute in 2008 as a certified tea specialist. Her new book, The World in Your Teacup, focuses on cultural traditions inspired by…

Culture in a Cup

Food writer and Modern Spice cookbook author Monica Bhide recently returned from visiting her family in India, and we asked her to share some glimpses of contemporary life she noticed while there. You can read her first post here. For centuries India, particularly North India, has been a country of tea drinkers, while steaming cups…

Tour Guide: Tea Tourism

India tourism officials have recently launched a new branch of tourism in hopes of drawing British visitors to their country. The Times reports that India wants to raise its number of British arrivals from some 800,000 to over one million visitors in the next two years, and in order to do so, they’re luring Brits…