At a Homebrew Website Club meeting a few weeks ago, we discussed the tea culture in the UK. Mark and I, the co-hosts, live in the UK, so we spent some time talking about tea. A pattern emerged. We collectively named some times at which drinking tea was common after the hour of the day the tea was consumed. For instance, I noted that I was familiar with the ten o'clock and the three o'clock. Mark noted the elevenses, where you drink a cup of tea around 11am.
Tea can, of course, be consumed as part of breakfast -- a routine I follow every day -- or any other time of the day. I recall a comment was made about drinking tea later on in the day (the context for which I cannot recall), to which I responded that there is no time too late for a cup of tea. I really should get myself some decaf tea, however.
On an unrelated note, when I was growing up "dinner" was referred to as "tea time," even though we didn't consume tea at that time.
I left the call fascinated by how we refer to the times at which we drink tea in the UK, and the idea has been in my mind ever since. I have been telling myself "James, you need to write about this" for over a week.
What is the tea culture like in your country? If you are in the UK, how do you refer to the times you take to drink tea in the day?