Tea in London

posted on: Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The ornate cafe at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The entrance to the hotel Number Sixteen in South Kensington

The tea room and garden at Number Sixteen

Something the British cannot be faulted on is their dedication to tea. The best thing about tea is it is versatile: when the weather is gloomy it is soothing and warm, but it can also be enjoyed alfresco on a lovely summer afternoon.

Two of the most wonderful places to take tea in London are in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The Victoria & Albert Museum houses a cafe in one of the most incredibly ornate rooms I've ever seen. And while the tea itself is quite standard, it is very much worth stopping by there after checking out the museum's extensive collection of Rodin sculptures and historical fashion.

A five minute walk up the road sees you at one of Kit Kemp's fabulous hotels, Number Sixteen. At the back of the hotel is a lovely tea room and garden where visitors can take afternoon tea.

The refined atmosphere and warm service makes it the perfect place to spend an afternoon sipping hot tea and chatting away.

I spent the afternoon there chatting to an absolutely lovely American lady about art and travel only to be told on leaving that she was, in fact, Hollywood actress Barbara Parkins famous for her role in the cult film Valley of the Dolls. Such is the power of tea!

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