Food and drink
Cupcakes are still very much the vogue (they even do classes in icing them) but the eye-popping display of goodies includes various pimped-up brownie options, cloud-like meringues, and rich (I think too rich) layer cakes. But it’s not all sweet: lunch is served too. As a nod to Bea’s American heritage there’ll often be a hearty chowder of clam or chicken. Sandwiches are inventive – think manchego cheese with quince preserve, rocket, roast pear and chervil – while salads of the day will be based on pasta, couscous or barley, roast veg and cheese, or greens with a grabbag of Mediterranean antipasti. This place is very serious about its coffee and tea, using top suppliers, but it’s worth forgoing these for a cup of Bea’s excellent own-made chai.
Feminine with rich floral fabrics, jewel colours, and chandeliers. Watching cooks at work in the open kitchen is part of the charm.
Tends to be young but mostly friendly, if not always on the ball.
The first floor of shiny new St Paul’s shopping mall One New Change.
Individual cakes and savouries range from £3-£7.50. Set Afternoon Teas start at £9.90 per person.
The original outlet on Theobald’s Road is theoretically in Bloomsbury, but not so close to the British Museum to make it a useful stop afterwards.
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- People watching