[London] Tea and tearooms...
I'm looking for somewhere cute / unusual / alternative to have a decent cup of tea and maybe a cake or something. Anywhere in London will do. (Have Oyster, will travel.)
I already know and love: Postcard Teas, Tea Palace, Chaiwalla, Yumchaa, Orange Pekoe, TeaSmith, High Tea of Highgate, Bea's Of Bloomsbury.
Not looking for: afternoon tea in hotels.
Any ideas, Chow-people?
Royal Teas in Greenwich do a lovely coconut sponge and pot of tea - they also do some hot food, but I have to admit I'm a cake girl :)
Also primrose bakery do a nice pot of tea and have a wide range of home made biscuits and cakes as well as their gorgeous cupcakes! They have two branches - one in Camden/Primrose Hill and a newly opened branch in Camden.
Finally my favourite spot on a Sunday is Cake Hole (inside Vintage Heaven) on Columbia Road - they have really nice tea and cakes/cupcakes (which are fantastic!) and are really cheap as well! Its such a nice little cafe - one of my favourite places in London - its lovely at 9am on a Sunday sitting have a breakfast cupcake and cuppa, reading the latest Homes and Garden (its full of home magazines and nick naks)
Sotheby's has a nice tea... strange place for a small restaurant, but they have one. I seem to remember that the price was not too exorbitant at all. It's looked a bit 'stuffy' as I've passed it many times walking out, but I'm not sure if it really is or requires a posh getup.
Remedy Green Tea in Bayswater/Westbourne Grove has a pleasant cafe setting with cakes etc. and serves a small selection of teas from China if that's what you're looking for. They make the first infusion for you at the table (a set up with a hot water flask, teapot, decanter etc.), and you get to do the rest of the infusions so that gives you more control over the brewing process.
Maison Bertaux, Greek St in Soho has an adorable, unreconstructed retro tea room ...order your drinks and cakes at the counter then wind your way upstairs. There's also seating outside under a stripey awning, on the ground floor and a new tea room next door. It's historic (Charles de Gaulle drank thimbles of coffee here while organising the French resistance during WWII) and the cakes (esp the macaroons) are proper old skool patisserie baked on the premises. It is my favourite café in London.