Congratulations to James Corden on his Tony Award!

A very big congratulations to James Corden for winning the Tony last night for his performance in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’. And he couldn’t have done it without us… in a sense: we supplied the authentic British food used on stage!

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How to Marry Prince Harry: Discretion

Ladies and gentleman, welcome back to the Tea & Sympathy manor house, for your second lesson in how to marry Prince Harry. Top of today’s agenda is a very important subject indeed: discretion.

With discreet, well-behaved ladies like this in the world, there's a lot of competition for Harry's hand in marriage. So pay attention!

Once thought of as an essential British virtue, the general public’s voracious appetite for sex, scandal and salaciousness, and the willingness of the tabloid press to give it to them, means it’s increasingly looking like a thing of past.

But discretion isn’t done for just yet; not under our watch! We want to encourage one and all to take a leaf out of the book of the traditional English butler, and work hard to keep secrets secret. Follow these simple rules for a more upstanding society, and you may just catch Prince Hazza’s eye along the way!

  •  Keep your public mobile phone calls bland and brief.
  •  Avoid discussing the following: sex, bodily functions, illnesses.
  • Don’t have full-blooded rows and don’t swear! (Ahem, Nicky).
  • And always look around you before speaking – do you really want that elderly lady or small child to hear what you’re saying?

Oh, how we love a man in uniform.

Celebrity Tea Party Competition!

This beautiful weather has got us in a fantastic mood – so we thought we’d run a little competition with a very special prize. Over the weekend, the question cropped up “Who would be at your dream tea party?” This really captured our imagination as suggestions were thrown around from teashop to chippy and before we knew it, half of Greenwich Avenue had offered their suggestions.

I assume our invite is in the mail?

With famous figures from the past and present as diverse as Oscar Wilde (dandy tea!), Rachel Maddow (liberal tea!) and Mahatma Gandhi (thoughtful tea!) thrown around, we’re not even close to settling on a shortlist. Which is why we need your help! Please tell us your three dream tea party guests, and the reason why. Historical, contemporary, American, British, we don’t care – as long as they’d make good company!

But can I bring a friend?

And what’s the prize, we hear you ask? Well, in keeping with the theme of celebrity (celebri-tea!), we’ll be giving the winner the royal treatment. None other than Mr. Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett himself will come and pick you and a friend up in his black taxi from anywhere in downtown Manhattan, and bring you to Tea & Sympathy to be served free tea and scones. A very unique and special prize, we’re sure you’ll agree!

Your carriage for the evening...

So just let us know your three dream tea party guests in the comments section below, via twitter, or on our facebook wall. And while Michele Bachman and Ron Paul certainly aren’t invited, jokes about the last transatlantic tea party are!

...and your driver!