Our national 4tea event, where we ask people to hold parties to raise money for United Response, is in its 3rd year. And this year, we’re lucky enough to hold a flagship 4tea event at Kettner’s in London’s West End.

You can enjoy a relaxing and scrumptious afternoon tea at Kettner’s with £10 of your booking going straight to United Response. And if that’s not enough to entice you, we’ve put together 10 other reasons to enjoy 4tea at Kettner’s…

This year, 4tea is themed around friendship. This is because many of the people we support have told us that building relationships is extremely important to them. We’re campaigning to combat social isolation among people with disabilities and what better way to bring people together than over a cuppa. So grab your friends and family and catch up over afternoon tea.

We’re holding it on a bank holiday weekend – a time, according to the people we support, when people can feel the loneliest as many facilities close.

For each person who books, Kettner’s will donate a further £5 to United Response. That’s a total of £15 per person going directly to United Response. Booking an afternoon tea for two could pay for one support worker during an activities workshop put on for people affected by dementia.

You won’t go home empty handed - the first 100 who book will get to take away a goody bag.

If you’re the lucky one to get a different coloured cupcake on the day you’ll win a prize!

Kettner’s is full of history. It opened in 1867 by the former chef to Napoleon III of France, Auguste Kettner.

Oscar Wilde

Kettner’s has had its fair share of famous diners:

7. Oscar Wilde, best known for the play The Importance of Being Earnest dined at Kettner’s.

8. Author Agatha Christie, who created the characters Poirot and Miss Marple had connections here.

9. The actor famous for 'White Christmas', Bing Crosby, was also a regular.

Kettner’s has royal connections:

King Edward VII

10. Edward VII was a frequent visitor and used to entertain one of his mistresses, actress Lillie Langtry in one of the rooms upstairs which is now known as ‘The Apartment’. He even ordered a secret tunnel to be built between the Palace Theatre and Kettner’s so they could meet after her performances.

You can book afternoon tea at Kettner’s and raise money for United Response from Friday 22 – Monday 25 May. Find out more information about the event and how you can book.

Natalie Millbank, community and event fundraiser.