ONweekends, escape Canberra’s political humdrum for a traditional tea at the heritage-listed Tea Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Popular with locals marking a special occasion and visitors wanting to relax with views of the surrounding park, the experience is a standout. The 9am-to-noon session ($26 a person) is buffet style while afternoon tea ($45, with a glass of sparkling wine) is served from 2.30pm to 5pm. Groaning platters of cakes, slices, scones and savouries will help spice up your selected tea, but a tipple from the extensive wine list will add to the sense of celebration. More: canberra.park.hyatt.com. ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER The Edinburgh Military Tattoo: This pipes-and-drums special comes right after a documentary on the whimsical Cirque du Soleil; it’s hard to imagine two more disparate themes, but all that massed highland dancing and stirring martial music is indeed uplifting and quintessentially Scottish. Sunday, 8.30pm, Studio. Royal Upstairs Downstairs: While the remake of Upstairs Downstairs has been a recent hit on UKTV, this doco series visits stately English piles frequented by Queen Victoria, who liked to get around the realm but surely never poked her nose into the servants’ domain. Monday, 7.30pm, History Channel.