Who doesn’t enjoy a nice cup of tea in England’s capital? Tea’s a time-honoured tradition here in the UK, and London has some of the best and brightest locations in the country for a tea-break.
Brits are well known for their homegrown love of all-things-tea, and amongst the restaurants near Finsbury Square, you’ll find whilst staying at the Montcalm Royal London House, the tea houses on this list are the best of the best.
The Tea Terrace
318 Oxford Street, London
Nestled in the bustling surroundings of Oxford Street, the calming Tea Terrace bills itself as “a very English tea house”, and it more than lives up to its name. Department store House of Frazer has created a truly stunning location for exploring the world of tea, with a pastel-adorned décor and table service offering an array of light meals if you’re seeking something more substantial.
Tea House Theatre
The Tea House Theatre is about as quirky a tea-room as it gets, with not only loose leaf tea and dining options, but lots of interesting events including knitting classes and chess clubs for adding a little more activity to your tea break. If you’re looking to socialise and meet new people while enjoying a wonderful cup of tea, this is the perfect place for you. With flavours and infusions from around the world, you’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds as you chat to new friends and take part in fun activities.
The warm atmosphere and stripped-down, rustic feel of Highness Café makes it a favourite with locals and visitors alike, and there’s plenty of teas to try (and cakes to accompany!) as well as some interesting treats for non-tea-drinkers. The tea room is at the top of a winding staircase, giving the impression of a secret room – perfect for watching the world go by over a brew.
Fortnum and Mason Tea Salon
Offering a traditional afternoon tea in lavish, equally traditional surroundings, Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is home to the company’s award-winning teas, cakes, sandwiches and scones. This is one of the most popular tea rooms in the city and is always full of people. This is what makes the Fortnum and Mason such a bustling place but it can be quite difficult to get a table so be sure to make a reservation to avoid missing out on the wonderful tea and vibrant atmosphere.
Tea and Tattle
41 Great Russell Street, London
If you’re looking for somewhere tucked away from the busy city streets, then Tea and Tattle could just be the perfect choice for grabbing a cup of tea. With lots of variety including a full afternoon tea on the menu, this tiny tea room is situated below an independent bookseller, making it a truly unique location for spending some time in the capital.