Twinings Tea Shop in the City of London is one of the British institutions that must be visited when in London, whether you’re a tea lover or not.
I love the City Of London because it’s an area of London where you can find old Roman remains and the newest skyscrapers and oddly enough that looks amazingly great together. On my last trip to London in 2016 (gosh, it’s been already three years since my last pilgrimage to London 😉 ) I revisited the City Of London. I admired the free views of London from the Sky Garden and learnt more about the history of London at the Museum of London.
I’ve also bought some tea at Twinings Tea Shop. This is the oldest tea shop in London dating back to 1706. Twinings historical flagship store is right across the Royal Courts of Justice at 216 Strand, the City of London. Read more
What could be more quintessentially British than sipping an afternoon tea ?!
You might be surprised but I don’t drink coffee so tea is my beverage of choice. Of course when I was a child I drank tea only when I was sick and it was usually herbal tea. I first had proper tea during my stay in England. Although I don’t really drink it with milk (sorry, but the milk just makes all tea taste the same to me) I love my English Tea. When my best friend M. asked me to arrange an afternoon tea for our upcoming London trip I jumped at the chance and spent hours on the net perusing all possible venues for our Afternoon Tea experience. There are so many options in London suiting different budgets. The most famous afternoon tea venues are the Ritz, Claridge’s, the Savoy’s, the Dorchester, the Lanesborough and such but they are quite expensive. So we needed to find something slightly decadent in a beautiful venue but within our reasonable budget.
I have to admit that I’ve actually had a proper afternoon tea experience but it wasn’t in London and it wasn’t so luxurious. So, I’ve found this site http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/ and showed a couple of options to my best friend and we picked together the Afternoon Tea with a French Touch at the Rose Lounge at Sofitel St James hotel in the heart of London.
Before our afternoon tea appointment we visited Canary Wharf, crossed the Thames in a cable car (the Emirates Air line) and then went on a boat ride ( Thames Clippers) back to the Big Ben. We still had a bit of time for a quick stroll around Soho before our afternoon tea experience booked at the lunch time.