Before the 2012 Summer Olympics, all of the United Kingdom will be fixed on Queen Elizabeth as she celebrates her 60th anniversary of serving as the sovereign of the nation. In order to fully commemorate Her Majesty in true English fashion, travelers should reserve a car rental in London
to hop across the countryside and indulge in decadent tea parties - the epitome of high-class British culture.Pinkies up: The best tea services in Britain
The Egerton House Hotel is set in a historic townhouse in the middle of London, and in the cozy drawing room, guests can enjoy a simple tea service with homemade preserves and biscuits, along with the much sought-after Devonshire clotted cream. While sitting on comfortable, plush couches, guests and visitors should dunk their homemade biscuit into the tea while it's still hot - locals don't miss the chance to soak up the delicious Earl Grey or English Breakfast beverages.
For a more thorough selection of teatime pastries, visitors should head to The Milestone Hotel after reserving their car rental in the UK
to book a Picnic in the Park tea service, during which they'll be indulged with traditional finger sandwiches, biscuits and Devonshire cream as well as more decadent treats like eclairs, macaroons and miniature cakes.
Travelers looking for a more romantic tea ceremony can go to the Brown's Hotel, where the tea service includes live piano music and unique house blends. Two tea sommeliers are on staff to create personalized blends for couples who have refined tastes.Awesome Jubilee souvenirs
After spending time at a traditional English tea ceremony, travelers can drive around the city to collect commemorative Jubilee souvenirs like the Emma Bridgewater teapot, which reads "60 Years a Queen" and is decorated with intricate blue and red patterns.
Readers in the passenger seat can flip through Queen-themed poetry with "Jubilee Lines," which features original works from 60 different poets sharing their own words about each of Her Majesty's years as the UK's reigning monarch.
If there's one thing that visitors should try while touring England during the Diamond Jubilee, it's Marmite, or, during the celebrations, Ma'amite. Locals tend to love the yeast spread while visitors might hesitate before taking a bite. Whether or not travelers enjoy the strong flavor, having a one-of-a-kind jar of Ma'amite is certainly worth a try.