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.
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.
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.