The 5 best places for a cup of tea

1) Yauatcha

Yauatcha is well known for its dim sum and wonderful loose leaf teas, of which there are more than 40 sourced from China and India. Afternoon tea is served with Chinese savoury delicacies. You can also take your tea with an exquisite range of patisserie, macarons and petits gateaux.

pastries and tea at Yauatcha

2) Fortnum & Mason

This landmark establishment on Piccadilly takes its tea very seriously and has done so for more than 300 years. A huge range of high quality teas are available, immaculately packaged in their signature eau de nil bleu and gold livery. For the quintessential English tearoom experience the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is the place to come.

stairs at Fortnum and Mason

3) Sketch

Sketch is a high-concept restaurant and tearoom that undoubtedly has some of the best décor in London. Take their afternoon tea in The Gallery, a sumptuous low-lit pink room with unsettling humorous artworks by David Shrigley. There’s excellent service and a fun atmosphere.

complete pink interior at Sketch

4) Postcard Teas

One of the best places to buy tea in town. All 60 varieties, beautifully packaged, are fairly traded from small single estate farms. Real expertise has gone into creating and importing the selection available. They also sell postcards, filled with loose tea, which you can send anywhere in the world.

Matcha tea from Postcard Teas

5) Good & Proper Tea

Starting life in a 1974 Citroën-H van as a mobile festival tea bar, Good & Proper now offers over 25 own-brand loose leaf teas, sustainable sourced from around the world. Their flagship cafe has a modern feel, with teas prepared in Steampunk brewers. Don’t miss the sourdough crumpets and tea-tasting events.

Good & Proper Tea

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