Food and drink
Fluffy cakes and delicious shortbread are available to soak up the tea, but save room for a pot of the world’s finest. As well as black tea blends like Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon, you’ll find green, white and yellow tea, organic blends and artisan teas that open up like flowers (indeed most are made of flowers) in your cup. Pu-erh (living tea) is available, as are many varieties of South African Roobis and mate yerba – there are hundreds of options.
Sup on the Rising Sun tea – the amaranth and lily flowers bloom in your cup and have a light, floral taste.
Going down the shop’s winding staircase into the cellar is like entering Alice in Wonderland – teapots line the cabinet and Moroccan style lights and portraits of the Queen adorn the stone walls.
Order your tea and you’ll be given a little timer that lets you know exactly when your brew is ready.
Underneath the Tea House Emporium on New Bond Street.
Cakes are £2 and tea starts from £2.50 a pot.
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