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Grand Stand Upper, Lord’s Cricket Ground

Cup of Tea, Lord's Cricket Ground
PG Tips
Upper Grand Stand
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Tea at Test pt:2 (pt:1)
Cricket, lovely cricket, if ever a sporting occasion was made for the enjoyment of a cuppa, it is test match cricket.

Lasting for days, at a ponderous pace, with not too much excitement of the jump-up-and-spill-your-tea variety. There is a lunch break, a tea break, and plenty of time to nip and get a cuppa between overs.

I love this quote from my favorite film maker Jim Jarmusch, featuring my favorite band, my favorite sport and my favorite drink:

“Cricket makes no sense to me. (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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Foundling Museum Cafe, Brunswick Square

Twining's English Breakfast, Foundling Museum Cafe, Brunswick Square
Twining’s English Breakfast
Foundling Museum Cafe

The Foundling Museum tells the intriguing story of a sailor (Thomas Coram), a painter (William Hogarth), a musician (Handel) and their role in the foundation of Britain’s first home for abandoned children.

Eighteenth century London was a squalid and miserable place for much of the population. 75% of children died before the age of 5 years – 90% of those in the workhouse.
The Foundling Hospital was established in 1739 after a long campaign by philanthropist Coram.

George Frideric Handel conducted concerts to raise funds. Hogarth (more…)

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Restaurant at Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

Restaurant Royal Academy, London
Japanese Cherry Tea
Restaurant Royal Academy

The Royal Academy Summer Show along with Wimbledon and the Test Match at Lord’s is a regular mid-summer London fixture. Anyone can submit artwork and in 2012, the 244th year, over 11,000 artists applied to be hung next to David Hockney, Anselm Kiefer and Gary Hume.

Visiting the show can be overwhelming, with many different styles of artwork hung all the way up high walls. A colourful, kaleidoscopic patchwork quilt.

Cornelia Parker’s ‘Now and Then’ caught my eye. Featuring one silver teapot suspended above another (squashed) teapot. (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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Searcy’s Champagne Bar, St Pancras Station

Champagne Bar St Pancras
Tea
Eurostar Platform
St Pancras

I do like a railway station so sitting on the platform a mere feet away from the Eurostar train, drinking tea, is really quite exciting.

St Pancras is beautiful, and the upper level is the prime place to sit in the soft light of the wonderful arched roof.

Searcy’s have done a great job of fitting out the Champagne Bar at St Pancras. The quilted red leather banquettes give the impression that you are sitting in an old-fashioned train carriage; you fully expect the whistle to blow and be whisked away to the Continent. The elegant air puts you in mind of a former age, when travelling was a more glamourous and sedate affair.

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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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Tea and Tattle, Bloomsbury

Tea and Tattle, Bloomsbury
Darjeeling
Tea and Tattle
Bloomsbury
Arthur Probsthain is an independent family-run bookshop, established in 1903.
Specialising in books from and about, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, with a branch at the School of African and Oriental Studies.
My favorite places to visit are India and Turkey, so coming across this bookshop was a very happy discovery indeed.
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British Museum Court Restaurant

Tea British Museum Restaurant
Chamomile Tea
British Museum

The Court Restaurant has a stunning setting at the top of the stone staircase that rises above the Great Court of the British Museum.

This extraordinary space surrounds the former British Library Reading Room, enclosed by Foster & Partners spectacular glass roof – constructed from 3,312 panes of glass, each one different.

The restaurant is almost at the roof, and is bathed in a suffuse light that changes with the weather.

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