florian for tea

you can’t but miss the lovely cafes around st mark’s square, especially florian – they are expensive, but you can try at least one tea and cake.

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there are lots of places to experience tea in london – alice took me to  teanamu chaya teahouse  for mothers day- housed in a coach house just off westbourne park road, its only open on a saturday and sunday and is truly a memorable experience to savour, especially if you are into the rituals of perfect chinese tea.   its definitely a girly treat, attention to detail with water temperature, beautiful oriental teapots and tableware.   the choice of teas is vast and beguiling, but Pei – the proprietor gracefully advises you what best suits your palate.  its definitely something to learn about, and coincidentally you can book onto a 2 hour masterclass to understand the making of tea and its ceremony.

you can also have courses in tea rituals at china life and tea tastings at postcard teas and for absolutely stunning teas and  teapots you must visit mariage freres in the basement of selfridges.

maria took me to a new coffee/cake/grocery shop, very close to warren street – ben’s house – perfect to stop  for a little something, be it a sausage roll from the ginger pig or a croissant. and of course there are loads of appealing jars and other treats to tempt you to buy!  love these new independent coffee shops that are springing up.

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