I have to admit, I am quite obsessed with tea. Black tea to be exact. In the past, I have also been obsessed with nailpolish and eyeshadow. What these kinds of obsessions cause, is a compulsory need to aquire a huge stash of said product. My current tea obsession fit well with my trip to London, as quality tea shops are aplenty there!
Before leaving for London, I did a research online of the different tea brands available and mapped out the shops I wanted to visit.
The first shop I went to was Postcard Teas. They have many different kinds of tea in cute boxes that you can send as postcards. Wouldn’t it be a lovely surprise to get such a box in the mail? Even thought the idea is very cute and Postcard Teas looks very inviting on the outisde, the shop in itself did not call out to me to linger. I also didn’t feel comfortable taking photos there. The decor is Japanese style, very simplified, nothing extra. I left quite quickly with only one package of tea with me.
Next, I walked to The East India Tea Company. The ladies by the door had a tasting of tea and biscuits going on. They found my idea of taking a photo of them hilarious, LOL!
I really loved the decor inside and the way I was greeted when I walked in. I was able to taste some tea as I browsed around. I spent quite a long time there, I must admit.
The gentleman serving me asked what kind of tea I like and then had some recommendations. I got really excited about their salty caramel biscuits too. I brought some to work and everyone loved them. Their white chocolate covered strawberries are divine. There would’ve even been ice cream.
With bags full of tea and biscuits, I then navigated towards Whittard of Chelsea on Regent Street.
Once again, I was spoilt for choice.
Alice in Wonderland cups!
After Whittards, my hands were already aching from the weight of my bags but I decided to brave it and go to Fortnum & Mason.
It was a mistake to go there so late in the day, as the shop was filled with people and the easiest task of picking up tea and placing it in my basket seemed too much. I didn’t even have the energy to take photos. I did manage to grab some of my favourite teas and more biscuits.
Thankfully I discovered Green Park just across the corner for a breather.
As I had a dinner date, I could not linger. Next time I want to take a closer look at this park and also visit the Buckingham Gardens.
People were out and about enjoying the sun. I love London’s parks!
They bring you the finest tea varieties straight from the teaplantations in India. I bought their House Blend. I only noticed later that it’s perfect for milk tea which I hate. But I will have to try it plain and see how that goes.
Many people had a tea to go.
I must say I was quite amazed how many packets of tea I bought in the end. But I have now been busy drinking them, so they are not going to last forever even though you may think so. So far, my favourite has turned out to be Whittard’s Picadilly Blend.
I had to leave Twinings and Harrods out of my shopping spree. Twinings because I simply don’t like their tea. And Harrods because frankly, 17 packets of tea (I got two as presents mind you) has to be enough, wouldn’t you agree? Gatwick has a nice Harrod’s shop and I have to tell the truth – I almost bought a few more packets there but then decided to use the money on a cute Cath Kidston make-up bag. However much I adore tea, I think that this time it was money better spent.
Do you enjoy tea? Which kind do you prefer?