TeaTime in Britain

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The Milestone Hotel

 

London and Lancashire, England
October 4–11, 2020

$6,500 single occupancy
$5,500 double occupancy
$7,300 single occupancy, plus one
(limited availability)
$500 hotel add on for Saturday, October 3
(limited availability)

We’re taking TeaTime on the road this year and heading across the pond so you can be steeped in English tea wares, history, and traditions and learn recipes for classic British tea fare. This weeklong trip will begin and end in London, with travel to the picturesque English countryside.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations in London and Lancashire
  • Breakfast daily at hotels in London and Lancashire
  • Private coach transfers to/from all retreat activities and to Lancashire
  • Tea tasting and classes with Jane Pettigrew
  • Tours of Victoria & Albert Museum, Chitra Collection, Spode Museum, and Wedgwood Museum and Factory
  • Baking class at John Whaite’s Cookery School
  • Dinner with John Whaite in Lancashire
  • Six afternoon teas

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare/travel to London
  • Airport transfers
  • Most dinners and lunches

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations in London and Lancashire
  • Breakfast daily at hotels in London and Lancashire
  • Private coach transfers to/from all retreat activities and to Lancashire
  • Tea tasting and classes with Jane Pettigrew
  • Tours of Victoria & Albert Museum, Chitra Collection, Spode Museum, and Wedgwood Museum and Factory
  • Baking class at John Whaite’s Cookery School
  • Dinner with John Whaite in Lancashire
  • Six afternoon teas

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare/travel to London
  • Airport transfers
  • Most dinners and lunches

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations in London and Lancashire
  • Breakfast daily at hotel in London and Lancashire
  • Private coach transfers to/from Lancashire
  • Victoria & Albert Museum tour with group
  • Pottery tour and afternoon tea in Derbyshire with group
  • Pottery tour and afternoon tea in Staffordshire for the same day as participant
  • Group dinner at John Whaite’s in Lancashire

What’s Not Included

  • Group afternoon teas in London
  • Tea tasting and lectures with Jane Pettigrew
  • Chitra Collection tour
  • Baking class with John Whaite
  • All other dinners
  • Lunches

Have a question about this retreat? Contact us.

Sunday, October 4
Arrive in London and get settled into The Milestone Hotel, a luxury, five-star hotel featured in TeaTime’s January/February 2020 issue. The hotel is located in the Kensington neighborhood, adjacent to Kensington Palace and Gardens and close to Royal Albert Hall. We’ll have a proper afternoon tea at the hotel so you can meet TeaTime editor Lorna Reeves, London-based contributing editor Jane Pettigrew, Bake From Scratch editor-in-chief Brian Hart Hoffman, and your fellow tea travelers.

Monday, October 5
As our day begins, Jane Pettigrew will give an overview of British tea history, followed by a tasting of six rare teas she has selected exclusively for us. This will prepare us well for our private tea-themed tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Enjoy lunch on your own in the museum café and peruse other exhibits at your leisure. Later, we’ll partake of an elegant afternoon tea together at Claridge’s.

Tuesday, October 6
After breakfast, Jane Pettigrew will continue the discussion of Britain’s important historic role in the global tea trade as well as British tea traditions. A private coach will take our group to visit the Chitra Collection of exquisite tea wares, where we’ll enjoy an exclusive guided tour. We’ll take in a bird’s-eye view of London as we enjoy an early afternoon tea at Tîng in The Shard, the tallest building in the city.

Wednesday, October 7
Have breakfast and then check out of the hotel before boarding a private coach that will take us north to rural Lancashire to meet our friend John Whaite. (John is the winner of the third season ofThe Great British Bake Off, a cookbook author, and runs John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School.) Along the way, we’ll wind through tiny Tudor villages and picturesque landscapes before we check into the cozy Wrightington Hotel, Health Club & Spa. In the evening, we’ll have a very special dinner at John’s family’s home, which is adjacent to the cookery school on Tunley Lane.

Thursday, October 8
One group will spend the day at John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School for a hands-on afternoon-tea baking class that will feature traditional British scones, Victoria sponge, Battenberg cake, and tartlets, plus tips and techniques for making pretty and tasty tea sandwiches. The other group will spend the day in Stoke-on-Trent exploring the Spode museum and the Wedgwood factory and museum before having afternoon tea at the Wedgwood Tea Room.

Friday, October 9
Groups will switch activities, with one going to John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School and the other to Stoke-on-Trent.

Saturday, October 10
After breakfast, we will return to London and to The Milestone Hotel, stopping to explore the village of Woburn in Bedfordshire. (Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is credited with inventing the practice of afternoon tea circa 1840, and the current Duke and Duchess of Bedford still reside at Woburn Abbey.) If you’re hungry, you might want to grab a quick bite of lunch, but you’ll want to be sure to save room for the closing afternoon tea we’ll have together in London in Fortnum & Mason’s stunningly beautiful Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, where we’ll toast our amazing week together.

Sunday, October 11
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before your noon checkout.

 

The Milestone Hotel
The Chitra Collection
John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School • Photograph by Yuki Sugiura

 

Accommodations in London
Located in the Kensington neighborhood of London, adjacent Kensington Palace and Gardens and close to the Royal Albert Hall, The Milestone Hotel is a five-star historic hotel that’s steeped in British style and charm. Each room features fine fabrics, fresh flowers, antique furnishings, and rare artworks.

We have a limited number of rooms available for the evening of Saturday, October 3, if you plan to arrive in London a day early. To include one of those rooms in your package, place “Hotel add-on for Saturday, October 3” in your cart for checkout.

We will do our best to arrange for double-occupancy rooms with two beds, but due to the uniqueness of the hotels where we will be staying, we cannot guarantee separate beds. If there are not two beds, guests will be provided with two sets of linens on one bed.

Accommodations in Lancashire
The cozy Wrightington Hotel, Health Club & Spa is conveniently located about 5 minutes from John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School.

We will do our best to arrange for double-occupancy rooms with two beds, but due to the uniqueness of the hotels where we will be staying, we cannot guarantee separate beds. If there are not two beds, guests will be provided with two sets of linens on one bed.

Who You’ll Meet

  • Lorna Reeves, editor of TeaTime magazine
  • Brian Hart Hoffman, editor-in-chief of Bake from Scratch magazine
  • Jane Pettigrew, TeaTime contributing editor, award-winning author and tea educator, and founder and director of studies for the UK Tea Academy
  • John Whaite, cookbook author and winner of season three of The Great British Bake Off

Booking
The full price of trip (100%) is due at booking. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. We accept payment by American Express, Visa, and Mastercard, PayPal, and Amazon Pay. Trip prices are in U.S. dollars.

Travel to and from London
Guests are responsible for getting themselves to London and to The Milestone Hotel on Sunday, October 4, when the retreat commences. Guests will be responsible for getting themselves from The Milestone Hotel to their airport or their next destination on Sunday, October 11.

Costs
The price of the trip includes all hotel accommodations, afternoon tea six days, all breakfasts, all tours, a full-day baking class, lectures, a tea tasting, and private coach transfers to/from retreat activities. It does not include airfare or ground transportation from or to the airport.

Single and double occupancy rates are available.

Since the trip is nonrefundable, we suggest buying trip insurance through a company like Travelex. You can also check with your credit card company to see if they provide travel insurance. If you don’t purchase travel insurance, you agree to indemnify us against any charges that might otherwise be covered by your insurance. You further agree that we are not responsible for any costs of cancellation by you.

Your credit card will be charged by Hoffman Media, the parent company of TeaTime and Bake from Scratch.

Cancellation
If Hoffman Media initiates the cancellation, we will refund all payments.

Have a question about this retreat? Contact us.

Fortnum & Mason
Jane Pettigrew
John Whaite • Photograph by Yuki Sugiura

Can I extend my stay at The Milestone Hotel?
We have a limited number of rooms available for the evening of Saturday, May 16, if you plan to arrive in London a day early. To include one of those rooms in your package, place “Hotel add-on for Saturday, May 16” in your cart for checkout.

Is breakfast included?
This retreat package includes daily breakfast at the London and Lancashire hotels.

I want to bring my travel companion, but they don’t want to participate in the baking classes or the tea activities in London. What can they do?
We offer a “plus-one package” for this very reason! This package allows you to bake and participate in all retreat activities while your travel companion explores London and Lancashire on their own. As a part of this package, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, Victoria & Albert Museum tour, transportation with group to Lancashire, a pottery tour and afternoon tea in Derbyshire, a pottery tour and afternoon tea in Staffordshire for the same day as you, and dinner at John Whaite’s in Lancashire are included for your plus-one companion. Only seven plus-one packages are available.

Are children able to attend this retreat?
All participants must be 18 years old or older to attend this baking retreat.

Are the baking classes hands-on?
Yes, baking classes will be hands-on in a professional cookery school kitchen.

What should I plan to wear at the cookery schools?
Comfortable shoes and clothing. Long hair should be pulled back. Aprons will be provided.

What should I plan to wear for afternoon tea?
The four venues at which we will be having afternoon tea in London recommend “smart casual attire.” Women should feel free to wear dresses, skirts, or slacks, and men may wear sports jackets, if they wish. Hats are not required. Please avoid wearing jeans, T-shirts, torn garments, sneakers, and flip-flops.

Can special diets be accommodated?
Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available for most afternoon teas and group lunches, if mentioned at registration. Vegan options might be available but cannot be guaranteed. Baking classes are not gluten-free.

How much physical activity can I expect?
Although we will have a private coach for most of our activities, walking will be required for tours and other sightseeing. Participants should be able to walk approximately ½ mile in less than 15 minutes and/or to climb a flight of stairs without extreme shortness of breath or other physical ailments. While in the baking classes, participants should be able to stand for long periods of time.

If I book a double-occupancy package, will the hotel room have two beds?
We will do our best to arrange for double-occupancy rooms with two beds, but due to the uniqueness of the hotels where we will be staying, we cannot guarantee separate beds. If there are not two beds, guests will be provided with two sets of linens on one bed.

Is this retreat better suited for professionals or home bakers?
Our retreats are geared for passionate home bakers, but professionals are always welcome.

What will we be baking?
John Whaite will be teaching how to make traditional British scones, Victoria sponge, Battenberg cake, and tartlets, plus tips and techniques for preparing pretty and tasty tea sandwiches.

What will the weather be like in London in October?
On average, highs in October will be around 57 degrees (Fahrenheit), with nights in the mid 40s. It’s always a good idea to have a rain jacket or an umbrella on hand.

Will we have any free time in London?
You will have free time in London each evening after our afternoon teas to explore on your own, catch a concert at nearby Royal Albert Hall, or take in a show at one of the many theatres. And in case you still have room for dinner, we will equip you with our list of favorite restaurants.

London
The Milestone Hotel
Lancashire • Photograph by Yuki Sugiura