Trends: A revolution is brewing...

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The British tradition of social tea drinking is enjoying something of a renaissance. The Tea Cake Tuesday Movement ( was started by a group of teens from York, who meet up for tea and intelligent chat; there are now chapters all over the UK, and as far afield as Paris and LA.

In London, tea has become a ritual for the hip East End party crowd; from tea-and-burlesque parties run by Viva Cake ( to The Last Tuesday Society's literary tea parties (

A new generation of elegant tea salons has also emerged, including Tea Smith in east London ( and Postcard Teas ( in the West End. Fancy a cuppa, anyone?

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