About Caroline

Caroline Hope 

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.

Caroline was invited to become a Dame in the London-based affiliate chapter (LDE London) of Les Dames d’Escoffier International in October 2017. She has presented a number of tea tasting lectures and macaron making classes at City Lit in 2012 to 2014 and presented talks about English tea history and culture at Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe and the St Ermins Hotel.

Caroline has presented lectures and demonstrations in Japan and central Europe. Her private clients fly in from around the world from such diverse countries as China, Japan, Jordan, France, Belgium, Australia, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Sweden, and the USA.

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.  She commences her MA in the Semiotics of the English Tea Table in October 2018.


media coverage and testimonials

BBC RADIO FOUR: The Food Programme.

Podcasts: Tea: A Coffee Drinker’s Guide, Dan Saladino, Part 1, March 6th and Part 2, March 12th 2017
Caroline is featured at the end of Part 2.

Titanic Spa

Caroline is quoted regarding the health benefits of a typically ‘English’ style cup of tea in the Titanic Spa blog.

Voyage et Bonnes Manières

My participation in “Voyage et Bonnes Manières”, an eight part documentary series aired on the French “Voyage” cable channel, http://voyage.fr/ . It was directed by Véronique Jacquinet, who has developed an original and funny tone for her documentaries. The production company is Un Monde Meillieur, http://www.unmondemeilleur.com


WHERE Magazine, Washington, Baltimore. Article by Olga Boikess http://www.wheretraveler.com/washington-dc/tea-time-around-dc

Siason Kuche

Publication: Saison Küche
Website: http://www.saison.ch
Type: Lifestyle Food Magazine
Circulation: 600,000+
Country: Switzerland
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Steffi Hidber from Saison wrote this lovely article after experiencing one of my Afternoon Tea baking sessions. It was part of a special feature on tea and baking.   DividerFamilies online

Publication: Families Magazine
Website: http://www.familiesonline.co.uk
Type: Blog website & magazine directed at families
Readership: 1 million
Country: United Kingdom
Articles: The Fine Art of tea Tasting in London” “ Mother’s Day Tea Tutorial at St Ermin’s Hotel

Neil Hennessey-Vass is a food writer and kindly wrote two articles for Families Magazine in which I was featured.   Divider Blue Tomato

Website: http://www.bluetomatoreviews.com
Type: Food, Drink & Travel review site
Country: United Kingdom
Articles: Tea Time with Mum

Taylor Burke came along to a Mothers’ Day special Afternoon Tea event I did at St Ermin’s Hotel and did a review for Blue Tomato. Divider Hey Pretty

Website: http://www.heypretty.ch
Type: Lifestyle Blogging site
Country: Switzerland
Articles: Hey Pretty Travels: Teekurs in London” (“Hey Pretty Travels: Tea Course in London”

Steffi Hidber came to an exclusive 5 day Afternoon Tea training programme I ran. She was kind enough to blog about her experience and give her readers some insights into what she learned and liked about the experience. The blog post is in Swiss German. Divider Posh tea and cake

Website: http://www.poshteaandcake.com
Type: Food Blogger (Tea and Cake)
Country: United Kingdom
Articles: A Little Mother’s Day Treat in London

Jenni Trimlett came along to a Mothers’ Day special Afternoon Tea event I did at St Ermin’s Hotel and did a little review for her own specialist tea and cake blog site.