6 Belgrave Square
6 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH, London
6 Belgrave Square was the London home of Anna Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford. Anna Maria lived in the first half of the 19th century, and for several years was Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria.
The Duchess is best remembered as the woman who popularised afternoon tea in the mid-1840s.
DID YOU KNOW?
Evening meals in the mid-19th century were served, between 19:00 and 20:30.
With such a long time between lunch and dinner, Anna Maria found she had a 'sinking feeling' in the late afternoon. The perfect solution: a light meal of tea and cakes or sandwiches
The Duchess found this afternoon tea to be so refreshing that she soon began inviting her friends to enjoy tea and 'a light refreshment' in her rooms at Woburn Abbey.
Soon afterwards, afternoon tea quickly became a established meal in many middle and upper class households.