Still the global capital of tea hedonism, London is an ideal place to buy tea of any kind, provenance and quality. Tea in London rocks. There are dozens of exquisite tea brands based in London, yet some like the ultra high end Jing Tea and the family-run Lalani & Co only retail online or at selected restaurants, but for the real life experience I selected top places to buy tea in London for extraordinary small-batch teas. I have personally visited all of these tea stores on countless occasions, so no kicks just serious quality tea shops in this guide.
Originally I posted this over five years ago, but my selection was ripe for an update as in the city where tea never sleeps top places to buy tea in London constantly evolve. These boutiques are best for their international tea selection sourced directly.
Postcard Teas provides only the best quality leafs from precisely focused small tea plantations (less than 15 acres). The Mayfair tea boutique has attracted the most savvy camellia connoisseurs seeking to buy tea in London. Teas from China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam are in store, always the newest release of the particular year, but also aged pu-erh that tends to be better older. Limited quantities of organic herbal infusions, handmade English teapot covers that keep warmth inside the pot for longer, rare handmade Japanese ceramics and tea accessories made by contemporary artists in Japan round up the shopping spree.
True to its name, the artistic labels for the airtight tea tins at Postcard Teas can be used as greeting cards to be send on your behalf to anyone, anywhere in the world.
9 Dering St, London W1S 1AG, United Kingdom
My Cup of Tea
Like in a classic pharmacy, this is how once tea used to be sold in Asia and Europe. Bringing back this nostalgia in a contemporary design, My Cup of Tea allures your eyes, nose, and palate through natural beauty. Inside this little dispensary, you can sniff the fragrances from the perfectly lined up army of large jars. The annual crop of gyokuro from Uji reeks umami, while their best-selling sencha was selected by a tea master in Japan. My Cup of Tea has broadened its Japanese tea focus to China and Taiwan recently, and its assured provenance of the tea leaves keeps the healthy purity in check. They also offer superb, fragrant herbal infusions packed in compostable muslin bags. My favourites include the Aromatic Herbal Chai, Cleansing Fennel & Green Rooibos Infusion and the Flowery Blend. The Japanese roasted hojicha and Taiwanese oolongs such as the peachy and hazelnut evoking organic High Mountain Oolong are must try.
My Cup of Tea teaches ikebana flower arrangement and tea connoisseurship, but other mindful classes are regularly scheduled, so subscribe to their monthly newsletter if you are interested to be informed in advance and get their freshest imports of tea in London.
5 Denman Place, London W1D 7AH
🕗 Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm; Sat: 11am-7pm; Sun: 12noon-5pm; Lunch break: 1pm-1:30pm
+44 20 7287 2255
Yauatcha is Michelin-stared stylish dim-sum restaurant retailing a well-rounded range of Chinese, Taiwanese and Indian teas. With the healthful brews bag in some of their handmade macaroons (rose and jasmine are exquisite), desserts or chocolates (green tea and sea-salted caramel truffles are my favourites) on the ground level store. As a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Chinese teahouse, designed by Christian Liaigre, Yauatcha is a swish Soho dinery for a meal paired with a cup of tea, creative tea-based cocktails, alcohol-free smoothies or original Jasmine Iced Teas (Kumquat and jasmine; Cucumber and lime; Strawberry and vanilla; Lime and passion; Kiwi and lime; Raspberry and black pepper). Bottles of kombucha are toasted with instead of a beer, but there is so much of pure tea hedonism to relish that I would give it a second thought.
From Chinese green tea, Jasmine scented green tea, Taiwanese complex oolong, vintage Puer, First Flush Darjeeling, India to Organic Sencha from Japan, the tea menu at Yauatcha in Soho is constantly in flux, but always crafted to pair with the food here.
15-17 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DL
+44 20 7494 8888
Mo – Sat: 12pm – 11:45pm; Sun: 12pm – 10:30pm
Camellia’s Tea House
There are many lofty tea rooms in London, but Camellia’s Tea House is more accessible, albeit you find their teas at fancy UK hotels such as The Lanesborough, the Mandarin Oriental and Shangri-La at The Shard. The healthy tea blends and infusions were created by one of the founders Lubna Madan, a qualified Homeopath. If you have any health concern such as a cold, allergy, diabetes, high blood pressure, insomnia, high cholesterol, bad digestion, skin problems or just need to detox or relieve stress, you will find the right blend.
The name originates from Camellia Sinensis, the botanical name for the true tea plant. Organic lifestyle followers will be in their natural sixth sense as they import only from specialist tea gardens known for their quality and pesticide free growing. Camellia’s Tea House is a retail shop, where Traditional Afternoon Tea, Tea Sommelier Tea and light bites can be enjoyed on site, but also tea education centre run by Ajit Madan, co-Founder of Camellia’s Tea House and the first International Tea Education Institute (ITEI) Master Tea Sommelier in the UK. For each tea there is a brewing guide and their health properties highlighted both on the label. Their online Tea guide” helps with selecting the right tea according to your ailment, country of tea origin, time of the day, type of tea and strength.
64 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BL
+44 207 242 2308
Mo – Sun: 10am-5pm