The Sunday sun streamed into The Hawkhurst Vault, just out the way of the manic Brick Lane and full of customers with beautiful bunches of flowers from nearby Colombia Road market. They serve Jing tea with a timer to make sure you brew it right. I love the Jing Assam so went for the deep brown breakfast tea once again. My cuppa was drunk from a classic Churchill's 'Blue Willow' teacup - there are some lovely stories and poems written about this famous china pattern....
Two birds flying high,
A Chinese vessel, sailing by.
A bridge with three men, sometimes four,
A willow tree, hanging o'er.
A Chinese temple, there it stands,
Built upon the river sands.
An apple tree, with apples on,
A crooked fence to end my song.
UNFORTUNATELY THIS LOVELY SPOT HAS NOW CLOSED!