Everyone knows that Brits love a cup of tea (or a “cuppa” as it’s called in the UK), but when you land in London Town, where can you go to experience the very best tea in the capital? We’ve gathered together some of the best tea shops in London so you know exactly where to go for a refreshing cup of afternoon tea.
When it comes to tea, there is no brand that is more iconic than Twinings. But instead of purchasing a pack of Twinings tea at the supermarket, turn tea drinking into an experience by heading to their Tea Room on the Strand. A true part of British heritage, this Twinings tea room has been around for over 300 years!
This tea room in one of East London’s trendiest areas has one major difference – it is totally run by volunteers who have a desire to give back to their local community. The local volunteers get experience in running a business, and local artists are encouraged to host events there. And, of course, the tea and cakes are phenomenal too.
If it’s flavoured tea infusions that float your boat, Camellia’s Tea House needs to be right at the top of your tea hit list. They blend many of their infusions in-house and can even create bespoke infusions just for you.
This tea room in the heart of London’s Soho has an old fashioned feel that will transport you to decades past. While you are indulging in a traditional cream tea, you’ll be able to hear the sounds of 1940s jazz music playing from a gramophone.
This café in Bloomsbury is probably best known for its cakes, but it also has a fantastic selection of loose leaf teas. Treat yourself to an afternoon tea here and you can enjoy delicate meringues, decadent brownies, and fruity marshmallows.
At Le Chandelier in South London, you can pop in for a quick cup of loose leaf teas, or if you have time to spare, you can indulge in a classic afternoon tea, comprising sandwiches, scones, pastries, and the tea of your choice.
From something classic to something contemporary, Urban Tea Rooms brings tea drinking in the 21st century. They have a selection of classic teas on offer, but if you want to try something different, go for the pink rose bud tea.
This convivial café may be dedicated to coffee, but it’s loose leaf tea collection is impressive and the ambience is cosy. Look out for their cheeky blackboard poems.
Tucked away in trendy Spitalfields, this small shop is big on tea. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable about all things tea, and will help you with a tea purchase so that you can find the tea that is perfect for you.
Time Out described Bake-A-Boo as having the best afternoon tea in North London. Pop your head in on Friday-Sunday, and you’ll be treated to finger sandwiches, scones, cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and, of course, bottomless pots of English tea.
When you walk through the doors of Betty Blythe in Shepherd’s Bush, you will soon realise that you are in store for an extraordinary tea experience. The staff will introduce you to their box of vintage accessories so that you can dress up and look like a Hollywood starlet while sipping on your cuppa.
In Britain, it’s standard to drink English Breakfast tea, but if you want to sample something a little more exotic, Teanamu Chaya Teahouse is the tea hotspot for you. For something extra special, check out their rare and aged teas.
13. Tea and Tattle
Located opposite the British Museum, Tea and Tattle is the place to grab a quick cup of tea or a decadent afternoon tea with friends after a day checking out London’s best museums. This is also one of the most affordable spots for afternoon tea in the capital.
With over 100 teas on offer, you can be sure that you will find a tea that is right for you on a trip to Candella Tea Room in Kensington. For something sweet and spicy, try their Masala Chai, and for something more delicate, one of their white teas would be a stellar choice.
15. The Tea Rooms
Tucked away in quaint Stoke Newington, The Tea Rooms has a comprehensive selection of teas including Gunpowder Pinhead, an intense green tea, and Chunmee, a superior grade Chinese tea that is a real treat.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve got any other recommendations for the best tea shops in London!