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Time For Tea

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published April 29th 2014
Take a trip back in time - for a cuppa

This is one of those places that I call a 'happy accident'. What I mean by this is I discovered it completely by accident while on my travels - it took my attention so I decided to find out more. The more I found out, the more I was intrigued, and therefore end up writing this piece for you.

So, let me tell you all about this wondrous place called Time For Tea. It turns out it is a place that is styled on the 1940's, and is actually hired out as a location venue for things like photo shoots or even pop videos. The history of the building is the reason for its popularity, as it has been, since its erection in the early 1700's, a bank, a clockmakers and a pawn brokers also.

Why should all this matter to you? Well, it started to actually serve tea and cakes, on Sundays only to begin with, but this has lead to the creation of a really authentic 1950's front room cup of tea experience, and for the price (less than you would pay in typical high street coffee shops), makes this a really excellent location at a very reasonable price.

It also housed one of the first large-scale Swing parties well over a decade ago - something that is all the rage at the moment - so you could call it something of a trail-blazer too...

It is a little difficult to tell when this place is actually open - the best thing to do is look at the door - if the main doors are open, then that is your chance to go in. So use the opportunity, if and when it arises, to see a building with charm, character and a real insight into times past in the East End of London- the only other chance you will get is in a museum, and let's be honest - there you won't get the chance to sit on the furniture.

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Why? The original East End tea house
When: mostly for private higher - though is open occasionally for tea - best to contact via the website
Phone: n/a
Where: 110 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JN
Cost: tea money
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