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Book Review: Tea & Cake London

I don’t often review books here on the blog (I keep that kind of thing on Goodreads) but I couldn’t resist sharing this delicious piece of escapism by Zena Alkayat.

Tea & Cake London

Tea & Cake London is a mouth-watering guide to more than 70 cafes, bakeries and tearooms. If you thought that afternoon tea in England’s capital means visiting the Ritz or Fortnum’s, think again. Yes, some of the big names are here, but the author has done an exceptional job of discovering smaller, unknown gems.

Tea & Cake London

You could be in the city for a month and not have time to visit all of these. Alkayat’s book will open your eyes to a wide range of neighbourhoods and, happily, price-points. The photographs are gorgeous and if you are a tea lover or Anglophile, reading this will make you want to pack a suitcase immediately.

Tea & Cake London
I confess, I haven’t actually visited any of these tea places (yet) to see if the descriptions are a good indication of what you get. The book would also benefit from a few maps, showing what’s located where, an index for the same purpose, web addresses and a rough price guide. However, as a purely theoretical piece of reading, I can’t think of a more pleasant way to tour London from an armchair. And on my next visit, I plan to turn theory into extremely rigorous practice.

Where’s your favourite place for tea in London? Or, how about your hometown?

All photos: Tea & Cake London

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7 Comment

  1. Reply
    October 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Your blog post made me smile. As my blog post this week talked about tea and cakes, so we must be telepathic, somehow. I love the pictures you shared with us, and the colours.

    My favourite local tearoom is called Peacocks, and it’s an award winning one.

    I took a German friend there recently, to try the traditional scones with clotted cream and home made raspberry jam, she was very impressed. I love the atmosphere of the place, tea is served in porcelain teapots and cups, and you have a choice of at least 50 different tea leaves. There are not many cakes to choose from, because I believe they’re freshly baked every day, but that’s OK. I’m a believer in quality, rather than quantity. When you’re next in the UK, Pauline, since you’re from Cambridge, you must pay a visit to Peacocks, perhaps we can have tea and cake together there 🙂

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      Pauline Wiles
      October 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      That’s a firm date, Martina! Peacocks looks fabulous.

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    Julie Valerie @JBValerie
    October 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Oh, my gosh. Reading your book review, I just gained 3 lbs. and spent more than I can afford on beautifully packaged sweets and loose tea blends. Thanks, Pauline!!

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    October 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I have this book 😉


    1. Reply
      Pauline Wiles
      October 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Vikki, I see the author has released one on London ‘villages’ too – I will be looking out for that also.

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