Cabbie’s Shelter, Wellington Place, NW8

Tea the Cab Shelter, Wellington Place, St John's Wood
Cabman’s Shelter
Wellington Place
Tea at Test pt:1 (pt:2)

Lord’s Cricket Ground. England v South Africa 4th day; with play not starting for over an hour, I am in need of a cuppa.

I head to St John’s Wood High Street, figuring it will be the perfect place to locate a fragrant patisserie in whose window I can sit and watch the world go by with a nice pot of something.

Mmm…ordinarily, no doubt, but on the morning of a Test Match, everywhere is chockas (as Blowers would say).

But lo!..a lovely emerald green cabman’s shelter! I have always wanted to go in one of these, and this enterprising one is open on a Sunday morning, selling teas, coffees and bacon rolls to the Lord’s punters.

There are 13 of these green wooden huts dotted around London. You can read the history here.

I am in good company, as the proprietor tells me he has Paul McCartney, Marco Pierre White and Robert Plant in the back of his cab caff.

I buy my cuppa and head to the gardens of St John’s Wood Churchyard, it is a beautiful morning and a very pretty spot, with the sun dappling through the leaves. The tea is of the ‘warm and wet’ variety, but a bargain at 60p (tip not included), and the setting unbeatable (unlike England I suspect…).

Better get a move on, need to get refreshments organised before play starts…

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Price of a Cup of Tea in LondonPrice of a Cuppa : 60p
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Cup of Tea in London, Tea PotCrockery : polystyrene cup
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Address: Wellington Place, opposite Lord’s Cricket Ground NW8

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3 Responses to Cabbie’s Shelter, Wellington Place, NW8

  1. Love this, Kitty! I’ve long been a fan of Cabbie Shelters and find their history fascinating. I’ve had tea from these places a couple of times – Russell Square, and the one outside the V&A. They somehow magically seem to be there when you need them. (The cabbies probably feel the same.)

  2. Kitty says:

    You right about them magically appearing. Maybe they like the tardis, landing when we really need a cuppa.

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