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Yumchaa Tea Shop

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by Kat Parr Mackintosh (subscribe)
Young and coffee in varying degrees, Kat also says stuff @ThoroughlyMode
Published August 26th 2010
The British are supposed to know how to do tea properly so it's disappointing to go to a tea shop and pay £2 for a Twinings tea bag, or even worse a builders brew. Yumchaa will save you that disappointment, and give you the sort of tea related experience that both lifts and calms.

It's not just the teas, which they hand select and blend from ethical sources all over the world, it's also the moist, home made cakes, free wifi and shabby kitchen chic décor, that create the kind of atmosphere that makes it worth going out of your way to take tea here.

The hardest part is making your selection – but this is one place in London where I've never got bad service, their cheery, tea loving folks seem ever ready to make a recommendation (maybe it's all the antioxidants in the free tea they must consume.). Here's a selection to wet your palate. Try Lemon Sherbet or Chelsea Chai if you're not sure. The tea here is free to infuse in your little pot, un-restricted by bagging, and the few moments while you wait for it to brew, your mouth starting to get a bit excited as the aroma infiltrates your throat, will help get you ready for a slow tea experience.

They do coffee as well, don't worry. And you can buy some to take home if you still can't choose.
There are two shops in Camden and one in Soho.
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Why? Chaa means tea and we all know what Yum means.
When: Before about 8pm
Where: 45 Berwick Street, Soho, nearest tube Oxford Circus
Cost: From about £2
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