Tea is a classic British beverage. It was about the 1600s when it is believed that tea was first introduced to London. From English breakfast tea to other noble blends, one can enjoy a myriad of tea flavours in the capital. This flavour drink is full of London culture and can be enjoyed at any time of the day for relaxation. So when travelling to London, one must take the opportunity to enjoy this famous English ritual of afternoon tea. From the shops full of history to contemporary restaurants having a varied selection of flavours, you are sure to find something new and enjoyable every time you have a cup of tea.
Twinings - The Strand:
There is no doubt why Twinings is in the first position. Founded in 1706, Twinings is the oldest tea room in London which is still in its original location. Situated in the city of Westminster, this tea room now houses a small museum dedicated to the history of Twinning tea company. One will find one of the best selections of teas and coffees here including many that you won’t find anywhere else. So for all tea lovers, a visit to this historic place is more than a must while travelling to London.
TAKEAWAY: Twinings is the most popular tea brand in the UK. Originally, the first business of Twinnings was coffee. Since at that time buying 100gm of tea would cost you around £160. The tea was that expensive that time. But with the time tea became more fashionable and public's taste for tea surpassed the taste of coffee- Hence Twinnings cleverly switched it's gears from coffee to tea. The Twinings was also awarded with a royal warrant- a credit that has been given to Twinings since The Queen loves their tea. The royal warrant is the coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth II. One can see this atjust above the entrance of shop. Originally Queen Victoria granted the warrant which is still there in their museum for public display.
Squashy pink sofas with cartoons on the wall and quirky waiters, what else one could expect from an elegant and classic tea room. If you want an afternoon tea with a difference then nothing beats Sketch. A pink velvet room with black and white David Shrigley sketches on the wall is not a typical backdrop to enjoy your tea but certainly, a perfect place to enjoy the occasion with the girls.
The Ritz, London:
Tea at the Ritz is a British institution itself where a choice of several varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a range of delicious pastries are combined to make for an unforgettable afternoon for you. Serving 400 people on a daily basis, one will need to reserve a table in advance but once you’re in you’ll be seated in the famous pin-golden light that is sure to make your girl gang glow.
Dorchester Afternoon tea:
Served in the huge promenade lobby, the afternoon British tradition of tea is at its utmost glory at Dorchester Hotel of London, Mayfair. While relaxing on one of their plush geese down cushioned sofas, one can enjoy his/her afternoon tea in peace away from the bustling of the main city.
Being one of the oldest establishments near Buckingham Palace, we can say tradition lies at the heart of this place and tea is also no exception. The ambience can send you back to your childhood picnics with cucumber and cream cheese and egg mayonnaise.
So these are some of the most famous and loved tea restaurants in London. In the overcrowded space of pubs, bars, shisha lounge in the streets of London, these tea rooms have maintained the legacy of ages old afternoon tradition of Great Britain.