**Update: October 2012**
Sadly tea, is no longer trading from St Paul’s. However you can still buy a fantastic range of award-winning teas at wearetea. The service is great, and I particularly recommend the monkey-picked oolong.
The following is taken from their website:
Unfortunately, due to a number of contributing factors including, the occupation of St. Paul’s Cathedral and an intractable landlord/City of London we no longer have our tea shop at St. Paul’s Cathedral although it lives on in spirit.
I hope they find a more suitable premises one fine day.
tea. is a lovely teashop in the shadow of St Paul’s cathedral with a great range of award-winning teas.
The simple sign with the one word: tea lure you in. The interior is calm and unfussy, in a way that suggests a lot of care. Soothing sage green, grey painted beams, scrubbed oak tables and green glazed tiles. It is obviously a popular spot, but despite being a smallish space, and quite full when I visit, it didn’t feel cramped, the high windows let in lots of light so it feels quite spacious.
I chose a pot of Monkey Picked Oolong. The name comes from a legend that Monkeys were trained to pick the leaves from inaccessible wild bushes. It was a warm deep golden-yellow and quite delicious.
tea also sell their wonderful leaf tea, both in the shop, and at their website: We Are Tea. (I can recommend the Yellow Gold Oolong £8.20 for 100g in satin-chrome canister). Oolongs are a bit like green tea, but fuller bodied due to longer fermentation. They are full of antioxidants, so super healthy, but lighter than Black teas like so are drunk without milk. You can use the leaves up to three times, and the second brew is said to taste better.
tea is a great place. It is wonderful to find an independent shop in such a central location, and if my visit anything to go by, they are going to keep those monkeys very busy indeed!
|Price of a Cuppa :||£3.50 pot Monkey Picked Oolong (one of pricier options)|
|Leaf or Bag :||Leaf. Loads of choice|
|Crockery :||Nice simple white china|
|Service :||Great. Order at counter, and tea is brought to table|
|Kitty says:||Lovely place, and good to try out their range of teas|
1 Paternoster Square, St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 7DX