Who says an afternoon tea should include finger sandwiches?! Not a slice of white bread in sight for CUTcakes & Tea, an untraditional afternoon tea with an unmistakably American twist! (Don't fear, while unique, the menu includes scones and clotted cream - I mean, they're not crazy) . . .
In busy, buzzy Soho is the Bun House & Tea Room. Upstairs is a steamy street-food-style cafe serving Chinese steamed buns and large pots of oolong. Downstairs is a Hong Kong-style speakeasy, lit with neon green Cantonese lettered lights, it's a fun throwback to 1960's Hong Kong tea rooms and serves cocktails and a much longer tea list . . .
Now this is an afternoon tea that is out of this world! From Jupiter Cakes to Galaxy Macaroons, the space-inspired Gravi-Tea at Skylon is a truly stellar experience. With a galactic menu that takes you on a journey through the solar system, discover this edible astronomical adventure . . .
Creme Earl Grey - London Tea Club subscription: Now this is a good idea for a Christmas pressie! If you're looking for gift ideas for a tea lover then this could be something unique. London Tea Club offer membership that includes three vials of tea (now that's different!) and descriptions cards with handy brewing instructions and tasting notes . . .
Tugboat Tea is based in Truro but sells online (alongside coffee) and I love their simple Cornwall flag-coloured packaging. They blend a large range of teas but their Cornish collection appealed most for it's local twist. Order them for your next British seaside excursion!