You might imagine the fashion world to be full of skinnies, surviving on cigarettes and champagne. But think again, as the beautiful people are forsaking the bubbly for a simple cup of tea.
Kate Moss was spotted sipping daintily at Claridge's, Liz Hurley celebrated her son's first birthday with a tea party and Elle McPherson's known to entertain friends over a herbal infusion. Even the Cannes party for the film Calendar Girls involved the glitterati wolfing down Victoria sponge with a mug of wash.
The ritual of afternoon tea is alive and well some three hundred years after the drink was introduced to Britain. So what is it about tea-drinking that is so attractive and why does it appeal so particularly to women? Maud Hand eavesdrops on today's ladies who take tea.
A Social History of Tea
By Jane Pettigrew
Published by The National Trust