Historic Manchester Building Offers Exclusive Afternoon Tea Events

A historical Grade II-listed building in the heart of Manchester is set to host exclusive afternoon tea events this summer. House of Books and Friends, located within the Manchester Reform Club building on King Street, will be opening its doors to the community for a series of afternoon tea sessions until August.

The House of Books and Friends building, which dates back to 1870, first opened as a book shop in 2023 with the aim of combatting loneliness and isolation. The venue was recently nominated as a finalist for Independent Bookshop of the Year at The British Book Awards 2024.

Guests attending the afternoon teas can expect a selection of finger sandwiches, jam and cream scones, and a variety of teas. For those looking to add some sparkle to their experience, there will also be an option to swap tea for Prosecco. Prices for the afternoon tea start from £25 per adult and £12 per child.

Formerly known as The Manchester Club, the Reform Club building has a rich history as a meeting place for Liberal party supporters and politicians. Famous figures such as Winston Churchill and William Gladstone have graced the venue with their presence.

The exclusive afternoon tea events will take place on May 31, June 16, July 14, and August 11. Laura Jones, director of the gunnercooke foundation, which supported the opening of House of Books and Friends, hopes that these events will continue to promote connection and prevent isolation within the community.

To reserve a spot for the afternoon tea events, guests can visit the store on 81 King Street or contact the venue directly at 07597 365 380. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.