Tea Time, afternoon tea, high tea. No matter what you call it, this British tradition, centered on a hot cup of tea, is ingrained in the culture of England and synonymous with the city of London. Since the 18th century, tea remains the number one drink in the country, with the highest per capita consumption in the world. Although still number one, many Londoners in more recent times have sought out other options to the traditional spot of tea. Yerba mate in London has become popular as a distinctive and healthier choice.