Following the success of its Bloomsbury operation, Bea’s has opened a slip, or strip, of an outlet in the City’s New Change shopping centre. Order from the counter in the corridor-sized room and head upstairs to a similar space just wide enough for a length of banquette seating covered in devoré velvet in jewel-like colours of turquoise, pink and gold. The end table offers a glimpse of St Paul’s, and industrial-looking exposed air-conditioning is softened by quirky coffeepot and teapot light fittings.
Early birds can enjoy excellent fruit salads, sourdough toast and croissants; for lunch, there are filled toasties; and the counter of cakes, meringues and cupcakes baked by the four chefs at the Bloomsbury kitchen make for sweet accompaniments to a long list of teas and coffees. A handy place for a swift meeting, Bea’s also offers afternoon tea for £17. If you can’t leave the office, order a box of six cupcakes for £15, but to celebrate that multimillion-pound merger, it has to be the champagne tea at £24.50.