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A Delectable Little Secret in London

Originally consumed as a medicinal drink by the Chinese, no wonder a good cup of tea is the solution to anything and everything.

Assam, India, is the world’s largest tea producing region and the only one alongside China with native tea leaves.

To ensure ‘tea-workers’ were as productive as possible and to capture the early rays of sun falling on Assam, the British introduced ‘Tea Garden Time’.

‘Tea Garden Time’, also known as ‘Bagantime’ runs an hour before the Indian Standard Time of India and Sri Lanka.

Bringing you away from the tea fields of Assam and into Soho, London, we have to introduce you to a tea secret.

There are many lavish restaurants and hotels dotted around London offering exquisite Afternoon Tea and that too at exquisite prices. 

However, there are two things us Asians are known for: Firstly, that we always know a good bargain. Secondly, that we can’t keep a secret!

So here’s a little secret and a bargain we just had to share with you.

The Soho Secret Tea Room is a fairly priced Afternoon Tea experience in a setting boasting quintessentially British décor. 

Located above the Coach & Horses pub in Soho, tea is served in an intimate 1940’s style British living room – complete with frilled white tablecloths and floral-patterned crockery.

The sounds of jazz and swing music add to the vintage vibe too, bringing the atmosphere to life.

The food and tea is very reasonably priced - which is great news for those on a budget (and who are Indian)!

We’re talking £7.50 for a pot of tea of your choice, 2 scones, jam (with chunky berry bits) and clotted cream.

If you’re after a pot of tea and scones in addition to classic English sandwiches and home-made cake, then the price bumps up to the region of £17 or so.

However, this is still very reasonably priced for the quality of tea and food selection you’ll be experiencing in a vintage setting.

The icing on the cake has to be the accommodating customer service you’ll receive from the friendly staff members.

If you’re vegetarian, then this is the perfect place for you. All the food in the pub and in the tea room is strictly vegetarian!

We just couldn’t keep this secret to ourselves…

- Sukhman Grewal



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