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Published July 25th 2012
Tucked away downstairs in the Camden Horse Stables situated at the Chalk Farm end of the Camden Lock Markets is The Basement Tea Room. Nestled between a used book store and other stores selling wonderful, vintage bric-a-brac, The Basement Tea Room with its Victorian era meets grungy-hipster Camden vibe, is literally located in a former, you guessed it, horse stable.
The Basement Tea Room occupies two stables. Walk up to the counter in the far stable and order a pot of tea for just £2 from the extremely welcoming gentleman dressed in a cool, vintage suit. And while you're at it, why not select from the array of dainty teacakes, sponge cakes or cupcakes?
There are several chairs and tables located around the perimeter of the stable or sit in the adjacent stable lined with framed art and housing a charming, antiquarian piano. Here you can relax in one of the well-worn armchairs, or sit at one the dozen or so two-seater tables while you sip your tea, which is of course suitably served in kitsch china teacups.
Quiet enough to just read a book or chat with your friends, The Basement Tea Room is a lovely and quaint (but oh-so-cool) little place where you can unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the upstairs markets.
Big fan of the bookstore there, which I regularly frequent. I tried this place out, and while it's nice with the accompanying jazz or soul coming from the speakers, the coffee leaves a lot to be desired. Perhaps a tea next time.