Afternoon tea is a fine British tradition upheld around the world – the last word in restrained, civilised living.

For afternoon tea with a hint of testosterone go to the Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, London (020-7935 5599;, where the Man's Tea comes with a range of whiskies and a hand of poker as well as crab sandwiches.

Take the Glacier Dome experience from Vancouver to Whistler aboard the Whistler Mountaineer, departing from the corner of Philip Avenue and West 1st Street, North Vancouver (00 800 0606 7372;, and enjoy an afternoon tea of scones and Devon cream.

Take afternoon tea that includes Dundee cake on the lawn of the English rose gardens 4,000ft above sea level at Tea Trails, Near Hatton Town, Sri Lanka (00 94 11 230 3888;, a group of four converted colonial bungalows originally built for British tea estate managers.

At 3pm, everything stops for tea at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Sonnenbergstrasse, Arosa (00 41 81 378 99 99;, where the maître d' makes heart-shaped waffles in front of you.

Follow in the footsteps of Jamie Oliver and enjoy Virginia ham and mango pickle ribbon sandwiches at The Windsor Hotel, 11 Spring Street, Melbourne (00 61 3 9633 6000;