The London tea gardens of the eighteenth century first brought tea out-of-doors in England. One of the reasons why gardens in the suburbs began to be more frequented than the centrally located but wholly masculine coffeehouses was that they offered their attractions to the fair sex as well as to the men. All sorts of beverages were served, including tea, coffee, and chocolate; but tea soon acquired an outstanding vogue.
The public gardens of the seventeenth century, known only as “pleasure gardens,” were tealess; many of them were pretty rough. But the tea gardens of the eighteenth century were places where the best people went for relaxation and amusement. Many of them incorporated the word “tea” in their names, like the Belvedere, Kensington, and Marlborough tea gardens—to mention only three—but all of them offered tea as one of several fashionable and popular beverages.