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W Café, Waterstones, Piccadilly

Waterstones Cafe Piccadilly
English Breakfast
W Cafe
Waterstones Piccadilly
After visiting the Royal Academy to see the (excellent) Daumier exhibition, I was naturally in need of tea.

The main restaurant at the RA is lovely, but a bit formal for a quick cuppa.

There is a smaller café, but it is squashed in a corridor by the lift. Also they serve tea in a paper cup – which is not what I was after.

So I stepped into Piccadilly to search for a nice cup of tea, preferably in a china cup.

A turn up for the books(hops) (sorry for weak pun), was the (more…)

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IKEA Cafe, Edmonton

English Breakfast, Ikea Edmonton cafe
English Breakfast tea
IKEA Edmonton
It is highly unlikely that you will be on the A406 looking for a cuppa, but having been on an extended tea-break recently, due to moving flat, I have discovered they actually do a very good cuppa at IKEA.

With the bank holiday coming up, you may be doing some home improvements, so this bit of info could save you from a lot of stress.

Trips to IKEA usually start well, but can soon become disorienting. After finding (more…)

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Comptoir Libanais, Broadwick Street

Le Comptoir Libanais, Soho
Fresh Mint Tea
Le Comptoir Libanais
Soho
Having enjoyed a pomegranate tea at Le Comptoir Libanais, Wigmore Street in September, I was pleased to discover they have a new branch at a more central location in Soho.

Broadwick Street is close to Carnaby Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street but tucked away off the beaten track so a good place to know to get away from the crowds.

This time I was looking forward to trying the fresh mint tea. Served in a traditional silver teapot and a pretty glass, it was perfect with my honey-sweetened pastries.

The same silver teapots, brightly coloured baskets and exotic (more…)

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Tibits, Heddon Street

Tibits Heddon Street
Jasmine Tea Ball
Tibits
Heddon Street
In January at the same time as needing to ‘tighten our belts’, we may find our actual belts are quite tight after the Christmas feast.

For a reasonably priced, healthy lunch, dinner or to take tea, I really like Tibits, the Swiss-owned vegetarian restaurant on Heddon Street.

I enjoyed a delicious plate of fresh salads, bursting with colour and flavours; a welcome antidote to the holiday choc-fest.

Of the all the places to eat on Heddon St., Tibits is the most relaxed, with a take away as well as sit down service. The decor is clean and fresh, with blond wood and bold patterned (more…)

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Comptoir Libanais, Wigmore Street

Tea in London, Comptoir Libanais
Pomegranate Tea
Comptoir Libanais
London has had a pretty good summer, with the Queen doing us proud, and the running thing.
We have even had rubbish weather – how else to make idle conversation? – rain to sunshine in a matter of minutes.
I experienced this when, walking along Wigmore street, I stepped into Comptoir Libanais to escape a shower and enjoy a cup of tea.
The interior was bright and joyous in contrast to the grey skies outside. A welcome bit of North African vibrancy. The shelves are packed to the ceiling with tins of harissa, huge jars of pickles, packets of tea, henna, olives, chillies, wine, rose-water and coffee.
You can buy colourful baskets and (more…)

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Cabbie’s Shelter, Wellington Place, NW8

Tea the Cab Shelter, Wellington Place, St John's Wood
Tea
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 (more…)

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Leon, Kings Cross Station

Jasmine Tea, Leon, Kings Cross Station, London
Jasmine Tea
Leon
Kings Cross

Kings Cross Station has had an facelift. The concourse to the west now has a stunning vaulted ceiling and mezzanine floor, and is home to several new places to eat and shops, including Patisserie Valerie, Kiehls and the excellent Watermark books.

I pop into Leon for a cuppa. I have always loved this London chain and have use the original Carnaby Street branch for years.

There is a large room at the back with high ceilings, and the decor is artfully done, with exposed piping, bare brickwork, mismatched chairs and some wonderful retro lighting. It is certainly a step up from the (more…)

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Friends Meeting House, Euston

Clipper Tea, Friends meeting House Euston
Peaceful Cuppa
Friends meeting House
Euston

The forecourt of Euston Station is often crowded and full of fast-food outlets, not a particularly pleasant place for a reviving cuppa on arrival from the North of England. Robert Stephenson‘s statue looks on grimly over proceedings.

Happily, just over Euston Road is Friends Meeting House.
This oasis of quiet and calm contemplation, was the first place Gandhi visited on his trip in 1931, possibly for the very nice cup of tea.

Friends Meeting House Euston is the headquarters of the Quakers in Britain, and home to the Quaker Centre Cafe. All the products are fair trade, and you can buy ethically sourced delicacies (more…)

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Dining Hall, Keble College, Oxford

Green Tea, Keble College Dining Hall Oxford
Green Tea
Keble College Dining Hall
Oxford

This isn’t London either, but I must mention the wonderful Keble College, where we stayed on our short break to Oxford.

We weren’t sure what to expect from student rooms, at £65 a night, B & B in centre of Oxford. But it was fantastic, and one of the highlights of the trip.

Keble is very atmospheric and grand, with striking red and yellow brick-work and the chapel is home to Holman Hunt’s hauntingly beautiful Light of the World.

The rooms (we paid a bit extra to overlook the quad) are peaceful, comfortable and clean, with en-suite bathrooms (more…)

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