We Brits do love a good cup of tea. In fact, we drink 60 billion cups of it every year. If you do your sums, that works out at nearly 900 cups each. Tea is a part of who we are, a part of our daily life and a part of our history. From a quick cuppa to afternoon tea with all the whistles and bells, there are many ways to enjoy this most British of drinks. I've come up with a few great spots where they brew up an excellent cup of tea. Do you know more? Where are your favourite London tea rooms? 1. Soho's Secret Tea Room Soho's Secret Tea Room is an inviting vintage hideaway where soothing 40s swing and jazz purrs in the background as you deliberate over which of their 16 teas to try. Their selection ranges from black teas like Darjeeling and English Breakfast to white teas and green teas. They also have an oolong tea which at £9 is rather expensive but worth a try. The cakes are pretty good too!
2. Twinings On The Strand 'Twinings' and 'tea' go hand in hand. This iconic brand, begun by Thomas Twining in the 1700s, has a rich history. They sell hundreds of teas and everything else to go with it. You can even book on to a 'Tea Masterclass'. So why not test out a cuppa at their Tea Room on the Strand.
Located at 34 Kensington Church Street, W8, is this lovely little tea room that is specially designed to look like someone's lounge. Well, where better to have a brew than in your home away from home? There are around 30 teas to choose from and if you're lucky there'll be a piantist tinkling the ivories.
The Press Room in Twickenham has a great range of 23 long leaf teas from China, Sri Lanka, Japan and India. Their teas are beautifully presented on a wooden tray complete with a timer so that you can brew your cuppa to perfection. I particularly love the quirky mini milk bottles that add an extra touch of magic to a lovely cup of tea.