Sip & Dip - Warren House Hotel
Warren House
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Sip & Dip

Enjoy a tasty mocktail on arrival, followed by a dive into our private pool and finish your visit by indulging in our majestically crafted afternoon tea.

Sip & Dip

Dive into delight with our Sip and Dip

Sunday – Thursday
Available from 12pm – 5pm.

Booking Policy
We will need your card details to secure your booking. We will not take any money unless you cancel 72 hours before the event.

Please be aware there is a 72 hour cancellation policy

A cancellation fee of £30 per person will be applied.

Please note our terrace is undergoing renovation work.

See You Soon!

What is included?

Our Sip & Dip is now available for you and your loved ones to enjoy:

  • Carefully Crafted Pastries
  • Freshly Baked Scones
  • Savoury Sandwiches
  • Welcome Drink
  • Towels & Bathrobes
  • Foot Covers
  • Changing Facilities
Choose from a wide selection of loose leaf traditional and fruit teas perfectly brewed to exacting standards, or add some sparkle to the occasion by opting for our Champagne Afternoon Tea.


Items not provided:

  • Swim wear
  • Foot wear
  • Swimming Cap

History of Afternoon Tea

Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century and it is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon.

At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields.” Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

Occasionally you will see hotels serving a ‘high tea’. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea around four o’clock, just before the fashionable promenade in Hyde Park. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial ‘high’ tea later in the day, at five or six o’clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table.

Many visitors from overseas still imagine that we are a nation where, in the words of the well-known song, ‘at half past three, everything stops for tea’. Sadly these days Afternoon Tea is usually only an occasional luxury for the British; a birthday treat in a country house hotel, or a welcome break from a hectic days shopping ‘in town’. Luckily visitors are still able to indulge in a little bit of British tradition for themselves.