by Chloe Hay
With the Jubilee and the Olympics (and currently Wimbledon) taking place, this year all eyes are on London as tourists flock from the world over to celebrate alongside the Brits. Needless to say the UK are putting on endless events to keep the flux of tourists entertained but there are some things that a trip to London just wouldn’t be complete without whatever the occasion – namely, afternoon tea.
The English and their tea have been well-associated for as long as anyone can remember and as a result of this there are hundreds of spots where one can enjoy a pot of tea and a scone all over the capital, so the difficulty is in knowing where the best place to go is. A tourist hotspot is the tea room in Harrods and for those wishing to splash the cash afternoon tea at the Ritz is a firm favourite. But, where do you go to avoid the mobs of tourists, to enjoy your tea in peace, in a relaxing traditional setting? Does a place even exist? Well, yes it does actually: Soho’s Secret Tea Room.
Despite being advertised on the internet this tea room really does remain a secret as unless you already knew it was there, you would never discover that it was there. Therefore it is the perfect place to escape the masses that come hand in hand with international sporting events and enjoy a perfect pot of English tea.
Soho’s Secret Tea Room offers an array of different flavoured teas as well as traditional set menus. The Cream Tea menu is priced at £7.50pp and includes a pot of tea, two scones, butter cream and homemade jam. The Afternoon Tea Menu is £17pp and includes all of the above plus a selection of sandwiches which, of course, are cut into small triangles! The tea room is very old-fashioned and has the feel of your great-grandma’s living room and therefore has only a few tables, so to avoid disappointment you are advised to book ahead.
Of course, the question remains: how do you find Soho’s Secret Tea Room? At Covent Garden Tube Station ask someone directions for Greek Street (right next to the Singing in the Rain Theatre) and make your way to number 29. Upon arrival you will find that you are at a pub called The Coach and Horses. You are not in the wrong place. Go inside the pub and tell the barman that you would like to go to the Secret Tea Room.
To say anymore would be to ruin the surprise of what lays within…
Happy tea drinking!