A famous Brit once said, “where there is tea, there is hope”. The British take tea as seriously as they do talking about the weather, a game of cricket, or queuing for the bus. No London experience is complete without tea. Whether you know your Darjeeling from your Lapsang Souchong, or your cuppa’ from your High Tea, we’ll guide you to enjoying the best tea offerings during your stay in London.
When most people think of tea in England, they picture Afternoon Tea. Think cream cakes, lace doilies, fine china tea cups, and cucumber sandwiches. (Some people call it High Tea, but actually High Tea is served later and is more food-focused than tea-centric).
Some of the best places for Afternoon Tea in London:
- The Ritz – Afternoon Tea has been served here for more than 100 years. It’s an institution.
- Kensington Palace Orangery – Classic Afternoon Tea in grand surroundings. A tourist favourite.
- Bea’s of Bloomsbury (St. Paul's & Bloomsbury) - “life is short, eat more cake!” With a motto like that, you know where their focus is.
- The Hermes Bar (Grange Holborn Hotel) – Guests can enjoy a 5-Star afternoon tea. We’d suggest you opt for afternoon tea with champagne for a little extra sparkle.
- Fancy a Cuppa’ – The best cup of proper British tea is more likely to be enjoyed with pie & mash or fish & chips than tiny cakes and finger sandwiches. Head to Golden Hind (73 Marylebone Lane) or Castle’s Pie & Mash (229 Royal College Street, Camden Town) for a great cuppa with your lunch.
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Whether you want to find a London tea shop that offers something more ‘special-tea’ or traditional, these are some of the best tea shops
- Twinings (216 Strand) – A 300 year old tea shop is a must visit for tea shopping in London.
- Yumchaa (9 Tottenham Street and Portobello Road Market) – The name means ‘drink tea’ in Cantonese – tea purists!
- Postcard Teas (Dering Street, New Bond Street) – For rarer teas discovered by these ‘tea travellers’.
To get the true taste of ‘British Tea’ just pop into any supermarket and buy a box of tea bags. Whether you go for PG Tips, Tetley, or Yorkshire Gold... you’ll find an aisle (or two) devoted to it. Ask the staff at your Grange Hotel for directions to the nearest supermarket.