|Should have taken a picture BEFORE I ate everything, but I was greedy and impatient|
It's all very civilized. Soft, classical music plays in the background, you eat off nice china and a white tablecloth, attentive waiters subtly refill your teapot and tray snacks, and everyone chats quietly. This is the perfect activity to do when enjoying my own company (B hates this kind of thing) and I find it really relaxing to take a book with me to indulge in a few hours of my favorite things: reading, caffeine and lots of sugar.
I went most recently to the Raffles Hotel (Singapore's most famous hotel, and a bastion of quasi colonialism). The food was really good, and the live classical harpist was a nice touch. Afterwards I wandered around the hotel and grounds (you aren't generally allowed inside the main hotel unless you are a guest, so tea is a good opportunity to explore).
|Main lobby: the staff wear traditional maid outfits (black dress with white apron and cuffs).|