By Esin Huseyin
It has to be said that through the site we have covered a variety of coffee houses, but the truth of the matter is, I absolutely adore a great cup of tea. So just for all the brew lovers out there, I bring you five of the best places to grab a cup of the warm refreshment we all love so much.
One of my personal favourites, and you can see how much I loved it here, because of the extraordinarily huge range of teas that you can try. The name Yumchaa, is the combination of the English slang words, tasty and tea. So, obviously they must have some tasty tea, right? With several stalls and a few shops across London, it’s a place you need to experience. They’re all about drinking loose leaf tea, and you’re able to look at their menu and have a sniff and a peak and experience something new. Great for a laid back catch up, or a quiet “work from home day”.
Tea House Theatre
Now this great place was founded in 2011 and is a mere tea house by day, but by night it transforms in to a theatre (hence the name) hosting events such as debates and poetry nights. The selection of tea is important, but Tea House Theatre seems to capture a bustling local cafe vibe – serving up delicious cakes and locally sourced lunches including a full English breakfast. It really is the small things that count, and here you can have a browse of the daily papers that they buy in. People have raved about the Tea House Apothecary, where you’re able to combine your own blend of teas, which act as natural remedies to several ailments. Great for a laid back Sunday morning.
Drink, Shop & Do
At the weekend this lively crafty little place serves afternoon tea, where you’re also able to select a “do” – in other words, a craft. With a choice between afternoon tea and boozy tea (the added extra of Prosecco), it’s no surprise that this place gets a little busy – booking is advised. You can sip on a nice cup of tea whilst you; embroider some panties, make flower headbands or even learn how to bend balloons. If you’re all about sipping, with no doing, you can have a look at their menu which includes some of the classics – with some that just hold a lot of memories, like James & The Giant. Which of course has some peach mixed in. Great for groups.
Urban Tea Rooms
Proud of British sourced food, where they seek free-range and more often than not organic food. Urban Tea Rooms is great for breakfast, as it starts serving from 7:30. Their loose tea range isn’t exactly huge, but this place is great for the location. A stone throw away from Oxford Street, it’s great to just unwind from the hellish crowds, and sip on some intriguing flavours such as Cornish Manuka – I guess this would come in handy around this time of year. Great for unwinding from a busy day.
Twinnings on the Strand
With a building that is over 300 years old, you know you’re in the right hands. The tea bar is where they excel, you’re able to sample some dishes of loose tea – smelling and tasting. There’s even a pick and mix corner where you’re able to wrap up you’re own – obviously, if you’re not a fan of Twinnings then this probably isn’t the place for you. However, Twinnings on the Strand is great as it’s more of an experience as you travel through time with their mini museum. Great for taking visitors from out of town.