Heddon Street loops off Regent Street towards the Piccadilly end. In 1973 Ziggy Stardust landed with his Spiders from Mars at no. 23 and changed the world. An old red telephone box, featured the back of the album cover, sits in the far corner, past a bar where everything, including the glasses is made of ice (useless for tea cup!).
Forty years on, Heddon Street has been branded, a bit clumsily, as ‘Food Quarter.’ There is a good choice of restaurants, many with tables outside. It is car-free so has a pleasant, courtyard feel.
Momo restaurant, with its impressive Moroccan inspired interior, has been here since 1997.
I sit in the adjacent MoCafe, reminiscent of a fashionable Marrakesh hang-out with brass lanterns, richly coloured textiles, exotic tiles, and wall niches with books, lights and treasures.
There is a good choice of teas, including Hammam (‘Turkish, fruity green tea w.rose petals and orange flower water’), Oriental flowers, Fakirs tea (spicy with cardamom), and of course fresh mint tea. I chose Five o’clock tea; a ‘light blend of whole leaves from Darjeeling and highlands of Ceylon’.
It was a really excellent cuppa and a wonderfully refreshing accompaniment to the scones with fig and strawberry jam.
MoCafe also offer afternoon tea with Moroccan pastries and tempting sounding sandwiches and savouries (sample menus below), so I will be back!
The atmosphere at Momo Cafe is both laid back and sophisticated; after my break I felt reinvigorated, ready to get on my trusty camel (a.k.a. no.19 bus) homewards.
If Momo puts you in the mood for a souk, you could head to nearby Liberty where the carpet shop is a splendid mix of mock tudor and 1001 nights. Not sure you can haggle though.
|Price of a Cuppa :||Tea from £3.50. Cream tea, two scones £9.50. Optional £1 on bill to Kids Company – great idea|
|Leaf or Bag :||Leaf|
|Crockery :||Pretty china pot and cup|
|Music :||To add to the mix, a bit of Wham! (No too loud)|
|Service :||Really good, professional, friendly|
|Food :||Scrumptious sounding meze, wraps afternoon tea with Moroccan flavour.
Sample menus: Mocafe food, Mocafe Afternoon tea, (PDF)
|Kitty says:||Absolutely fabulous! No wonder a hit with the fash pack|
25 Heddon street
London W1B 4BH
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