East London rejoice! While it is still overrun with coffee shops, new tearooms are popping up in the East, and ready for you to get your brew on. The latest of these is Tea Leaf London. It's turned an old cafe (once a book shop) into tea-topia with shelves of tins of tea for you to buy and try at home, or sit for a while and enjoy a cuppa in their nook at the back, or window seat at the front while people watching.
Their numbered tins go up to No.74 and most of these are available on the long and lovely tea menu. I sipped a No.14 First Flush Darjeeling. It was smooth and light and a lovely gold, making it earn it's 'Champagne of Teas' status. The greatly received free top up was totally delicious.
Tea Leaf London fact: Based in the East End, “Tea Leaf” is a nod to its Cockney origin by playing with the rhyming slang - many of their discount codes start with THIEF and Tea Leaf’s typographical logo also represents jail bars!
Tearoom facts: Tea: from £2.20
Close to Bethnal Green station: 65 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0QN