You’ve arrived in Portsmouth, a much-loved port city located in the southeastern county of Hampshire, England. Most of this historic area finds itself on the flat, low-lying Portsea Island – thus making it the only island city in the UK.
It lies 70 miles south-west of London and 19 miles south-east of Southampton. Also relatively nearby are the towns of Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Waterlooville. You don’t have to go that far, however, to enjoy a delicious, indulgent Afternoon Tea in Portsmouth.
The history of Portsmouth dates back to at least the Roman times. For much of its existence, it has been a significant naval port. In 1545, Portsmouth was England’s first line of defence during the French invasion, resulting in the sinking of the since iconic Mary Rose.
By the 19th century, the world’s first production line was set up in Portsmouth Dockyards, bringing about the birth of the Industrial Revolution.
Portsmouth received city status in 1926. Decades later, it suffered extensive damage during the Second World War as part of the Blitz. By 1944 and again in 1982, Portsmouth served as a vital embarkation point for the liberation of Normandy and the Falkland Islands, respectively.
Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia left the city to oversee the transfer of Hong Kong in 1997, marking the end of the empire.
Ships remain an important component of Portsmouth’s unique identity, with vessels such as the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior serving as ever-popular tourist attractions.
Meanwhile, the waterfront is dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, which is but one of many excellent Afternoon Tea Portsmouth venues. Find a Tearoom that suits your wants and needs today.