Tea! Fancy a cuppa?
Tea is very popular in Britain. On average, Britain’s drink 3 ½ cups a day! That’s 130,000 tonnes a year. People of all ages drink it, too. Around 70% of the population over the age of 10 drank a cup yesterday… So why is it so popular?
British Society has loved tea since the 18th Century. The British Empire was very important in spreading it from China to India. In the past, only upper class people in Europe used to drink it. However, during the 18th Century it became a staple for everyone in Great Britain and nothing has changed.
No matter how you like your tea, with or without milk, strong or weak, or with lemon or sugar there are many wonderful tearooms and cafes around London that serve delicious tea.
Popular places in London
Twinings – 216 Strand
This is a great place to, not only, sample world-class flavours in London, but you can also learn a little about its history too.
It is the oldest shop in Westminster and has a beautiful in-house museum that you can look around before trying some of the delicious blends they have available.
Urban Tea Rooms
This café is in the heart of Soho, so very close to our school! It’s a modern and trendy shop that serves many different blends but also serves tea infused cocktails.
Not to mention the delicious British sourced, organic and free range food on offer!
In Cantonese, Yumchaa means ‘drink tea’ and in English it translates to ‘tasty tea’ and again, it is just a short walk from school!
They have a big selection of teas to try and the staff are very helpful letting you smell the tea before you try it so you choose the best one.
Scoff and Banter Tea Rooms
If you are looking for an unusual blend, or to try something new, this is the place to go.
It has flavours such as Rooibos Tiramisu and Lavender Dream and is only 10 minutes away on Oxford Street! They also have a great variety of food from sweet to savoury options.
Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
This place was opened by the Queen! It is all about celebrating the British tradition of afternoon tea.
You are served a cuppa beside a grand piano in a luxurious salon. Additionally, you are presented with classic sandwiches, scones and patisseries to enjoy with the delicious brew.
You can find it in a quiet spot tucked away from busy Piccadilly.
So get together with your friends and go an explore all the amazing spots that London has to offer!