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"Time to eat!?" London Local Custom Tip by Jenniflower

London Local Customs: 710 reviews and 860 photos

  Afternoon tea ~ yum!
by Jenniflower
  • Afternoon tea ~ yum! - London
      Afternoon tea ~ yum!
    by Jenniflower
  • Afternoon tea ~ yum! - London
      Afternoon tea ~ yum!
    by Jenniflower
  • Afternoon tea ~ yum! - London
      Afternoon tea ~ yum!
    by Jenniflower

Breakfast traditionally is usually between 8am and 9am, and is either continental or Full English, which in addition to the continental selection, brings a really fattening meal of bacon, fried or scrambled eggs, fried bread, sausages (affectionately called 'bangers'), toast, marmalade, with strong, white tea. Sometimes black pudding (blood sausage.... UGGGHHH) or porridge or kippers are added. To be honest, nine times out of ten, I feel quite queesy aftre eating a Full English breakfast, it is just too mcuh for me, especially so early in the morning.

Tea is usually about 11am and lunch at 1pm. Sandwiches / something light is usually the norm for lunch, except on a Friday, when people take advantage and have longer lunches at the pub.

Tea (Southern England) is at between 4pm and 5pm and consists of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and cakes, with a pot of weak tea. In the North of England tea is usually the main evening meal, served between 5pm and 6pm.

Dinner is usually at about 8pm - and if it is much later (what often happens in summer when the sun sets late) it's called supper, except of course on Sundays when dinner is the main lunchtime meal. This is usually a roast of some sort, with roast potatoes and at least 3 different types of vegetables..

It can get quite confusing ~ some English people call their lunch their dinner, and their dinner their tea, where I know lunch as lunch, and then tea (not a hot meal, more like a snack) in the late afternoon, with dinner/supper as the evening meal... so best to double-check the TIME when arranging a dinner/lunch/supper/tea date! :)

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  • Updated Apr 20, 2006
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