Our guests come from far and wide to visit London and one the question we are always asked is where are the best places to have tea in London? Tea is synonymous with British culture and is arguably the nation’s favourite past time, which is why in this post we will share some of our favourite tea rooms and shops across London.
Specialising in teas from China, Japan and England Postcard Teas is famous for its long standing history of working exclusively with small farming tea suppliers. The teas are globally sourced and they have over 60 types in store, they also have Saturday tasting sessions which are perfect for all tea lovers!
Located just off Carnaby Street and bringing ‘great British produce’ to its customers, Urban Tea Rooms is a modern take on traditional tea rooms. Urban Tea rooms serve artisan style sandwiches, home-made cakes and snacks. In the evenings you'll also find British tapas along with a range of cocktails and in the warmer months you can enjoy these delights under a canopied terrace.
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason needs no introduction and is a staple in luxury British department stores. This iconic store serves some of the finest teas, cakes and sandwiches in a truly elegant salon where guests are greeted by the sound of a grand piano. Fortnum & Mason stocks teas from across the globe and in 2012 her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened the famous tea salon on the stores 4th floor. Advanced bookings are strongly recommended.
Twining’s tea shop and museum
Twinings tea room at the Strand is a favourite amongst many featuring a countless selection of teas, antique teapots and teaware. Not only can you sample the finest teas, visitors can also learn about the history of Britain’s love affair with tea and its arrival to London. Twinings at the Strand also allows you to create your own tea boxes with its confectionery style Pick’n’Mix’ counter to choose your favourites!
Yumchaa is a quaint tea house serving breakfast, brunch and lunch set over 2 floors and stocking over 40 different blends of teas. Another modern take on a traditional tea rooms and features exposed brick work, natural light and a cozy atmosphere. Yumchaa also offers a tea tasting masterclass on the last Thursday of every month at Yumchaa Brick Lane.
Tea is the essence of Britishness and a staple that is sure to be part of the British culture for centuries to come. Join the conversation and share your thoughts below! What are some of your favourite places? How do you like your tea?