…where do locals go to enjoy a nice cup of tea?
Now for a bit of local tea knowledge. I will never have time to visit all the places for tea in London. So here, some of my favorite Londoners recommend the places they like to visit for a cuppa:
Yannick Pucci likes the Rose Bakery, Dover Street Market
I became acquainted with Mr Pucci in the virtual world. As a Twitter newbie he took me under his wing; kindly following, retweeting and making me feel welcome. He is a London lover, tour guide and a jolly nice chap. Yannick certainly knows where to find a good cuppa; a favorite of his is Rose Bakery at posh-o frock shop Dover Street Market:
“Have you ever found yourself around Green Park and wondered where to go for a nice cup of tea when you can’t afford the Ritz? Wonder no more and head inside Dover Street Market – don’t let the security guards intimidate you and take the elevator right up to the 4th floor – where the London offshoot of Paris’ Rose Bakery awaits you. Of minimalistic decor, this no-frills tearoom offers a small selection of fresh lunches, cakes (try the the legendary carrot cake) as well as organic teas (£2.50-3.50 for a large pot). Sandwiched in between fashionistas and creative types, the café makes for great people watching and you might even find yourself sitting next to Rose Carrarini, chef-owner and cookbook author, herself.”
Blog: In Search of Lost Times
Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover Street
London W1S 4LT
Denise LeCroy likes the William Morris Gallery
Originally from Chicago, tea lover and anglophile Denise married a Brit and now lives in Surrey.
Her blog Tea in England is a homage to English tea and tea rooms.
If anyone knows a good cuppa it is Ms LeCroy, and her choice of teashop displays her love of English style:
“…the tea room at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow is a lovely place for a spot of tea. Gallery visitors and local residents appreciate its sunlit space and gorgeous views across Lloyd Park.”
Tea in England
William Morris Gallery
London E17 4PP
David Fathers likes Café Laville
Designer and artist David Fathers is author of the excellent illustrated guide ‘The Regent’s Canal – an urban towpath route from Little Venice to the Olympic Park’.
Café Laville, Maida Vale is a perfect spot for a cuppa when walking the canal:
‘…built over the western entrance to the maida Vale Hill Tunnel, (Café Laville) offers a great view along the canal toward Browning’s Pool’
453 Edgware Road
London W2 1HT
Deborah Webber likes St Davids Coffee House, Forest Hill
Tea at Three reader Deborah, sent this lovely description of her favorite cafe:
“St David coffee house in Forest Hill,does a really good cup of tea – leaf tea, excellent cuppa last time I went. Coffee joints tend to do rather average to poor tea but this place really cares about all their beverages.
Nice cakes and sandwiches too, rather bohemian and pleasantly squashed interior with real vinyl on a turntable and vintage children’s books to read.”
St David Coffee House
5 Davids Road
Pam Walker likes tea at Tate Modern
Pam Walker is an artist living and working in north London. Her work is a direct response to the urban environment and her paintings feature London sites such as Willesden Junction, Kings Cross, and, in her latest exhibition, the 2012 Olympic Site. Pam enjoys a cup of tea and writes
“I went to Tate Modern yesterday for their set tea.. very good pot of Darjeeling !”
Pam also runs popular collage workshops. See her website for details.
Bankside London SE1 9TG
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