About Caroline





Caroline Hope, June 2017

Immersed in the world of English tea from a young age, Caroline spent many afternoons ‘taking tea’ in the households and establishments near her childhood home in Chelsea.

These early experiences of afternoon tea inspired a lifelong interest in the manners and etiquette surrounding the social interaction of tea drinking, some of which are now misunderstood, misinterpreted or no longer relevant today.

Since 1993, Caroline has been studying and researching the history and customs of British tea culture. She explains the complexities of this subject through private consultancy, workshops, events and illustrated talks.

The past three years have involved more intensive research as she deconstructs the English tea table and its attendant codes of behaviour to truly understand how and why England became a nation of tea drinkers.