If there’s just one thing that springs to mind when you think of the English, it’s their affinity for tea and the many variations that it comes in. The truth is no one does it quite like the British. Whether it is a nice brew of Tetley’s, a hearty Yorkshire Tea or a Classic Builders tea, the British know how to hit the spot with their tea. If you’re visiting London and have a hankering for a comforting British Brew then head down to one of these definitive tea rooms to really sample some of London’s finest.
Twining’s Tea Museum
Although this one is definitely more of a tea shop and a tea museum, it’s definitely worth a visit for any tea lover out there. Twinging’s Tea Shop sells many flavours of loose tea whilst also being London’s oldest Tea shop. Based at 216 The Strand, Twining’s tea shop is also famous for its state of the art tea “bar”, where guests can try a huge variety of flavours of tea from the comfort of a stylish bar area. Whether you want to try a fragrant fruit loose tea or a classic builders brew, then this eclectic mix has it all.
Orange Pekoe is based in White Hart Lane and provides a scenic view of the River Thames from its twee country interior. This makes Orange Pekoe not only a tea seller but a proper British experience as well, with its vintage furniture and china teacups. Orange Pekoe hand pick the tea leaves from which you drink, meaning that you are getting the best quality loose leaf tea, the menu for which is talked through with you by a professional Sommelier. On top of this, the finger cut sandwiches and homemade cake also help to give this tea shop a personal touch.
Afternoon Tea at the Savoy Thames Foyer
The Savoy is based in Covent Garden and has one of the most well-known Tea rooms in London. The Thames Foyer of the Savoy was built in 1904 and the afternoon tea is set to the backdrop of live piano music. On top of this, the wide variety of finger sandwiches will have you not only reeling over the high-quality cuppas but the food menu as well. This includes scones, lemon curd jam and clotted cream, everything you need from tea time.
Diamond Jubilee Tea Saloon at Fortnum and Mason
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Saloon at Fortnum and Mason was opened in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as the Queen of England and 16 other sovereign states of the commonwealth. No wonder then, that Fort um and Mason’s delectable tea menu is fit for royalty, as the amazing room was made in honour of one. Opened by the Queen herself on the 4th floor of the historic department store in Piccadilly, the tea saloon offers rich and diverse blends of traditional English tea as well as a great menu. This includes finger sandwiches made with coronation chicken, smoked salmon and succulent glazed ham with English Mustard.
Japanese Afternoon Tea at Shosharu
Many people would not be blamed for mistaking Tea for something that only the British partake in. The tea leaf has become a part of Japanese culture just as much as it has British, so if you’ve already tried Chiswell Street Dining and are looking for something different, then Shosharu’s afternoon tea might be the next step or you. Here you can indulge not only in Shosharu’s revolutionary lunch and dinner menu but in their twist on the British Afternoon Tea. The teas include cherry blossom and classic Sencha whilst of course the refreshing Green tea is always on offer.