For a perfect, cosy afternoon tea, Red Door in Greenwich is the ideal location. Just off the Greenwich Market, I went on a gloomy Sunday afternoon during a British "Summer" and instantly my mood was lifted.
Red Door is a lovely little gallery / cafe that serves delicious Monmouth coffee, sandwiches, and homemade cakes, all on mismatched china.
The place is unassuming and unpretentious and the interior design is eccentric with incompatible chairs and sofas ranging from a church pew to an old train seat. I went for a birthday with family late afternoon and it was rather busy but this didn't affect our enjoyment or experience as the staff were attentive and brilliant at multi-tasking. We were tucked in the corner and you really felt you were sitting in your own cosy living room at home with no one else around you although the hustle and bustle of the street outside and the other diners were right there.
The coffee was really delicious, perfect temperature and perfect strength.
As well as the cakes that we tried, Red Door sells chocolate and raspberry cake, banana cake, flapjacks and cute little cupcakes too. Coffee isn't the only drink on the menu either, there are all sorts of various teas and soft drinks and I have to say I was slightly envious of the 7 year old to my right sipping on what looked like an absolutely delicious hot chocolate.
On a sunny day, you can also sit out in the atmospheric old lane and people watch. All in all this is just what you need from a cafe, perfect atmosphere, perfect food and drink with low prices and friendly and welcoming staff.
The cafe is right in the heart of Greenwich market too so combine your trip here with a day out at the market, browsing the arts and crafts of South East London.
Find them here: 10 Turnpin Ln, London. Less than a 10 minute walk from Greenwich Station with links to London Bridge, London Waterloo and the DLR.