Boba Jam

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This spin-off of Candy Café is a takeaway on one side, sit-down East Asian café on the other (newer) side. A huge choice of fruit- and milk-based bubble teas is available, featuring a generous number of boba per cup. There’s also the option to add other ingredients to your drink, such as jellied nata de coco (fermented coconut water). The café also serves a large choice of East Asian-style desserts, many made without dairy produce. There is also a tiny karaoke booth with songs in Korean or Chinese.


Venue name: Boba Jam
Address: 102 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Sun-Thurs; noon-12.30am Fri-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
Price: Main courses £4.45-£6.95
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This is one of the best places to get your hands on a Bubble Tea in London! Within China Town you feel as though you're getting the real deal, rather than a cafe trying to produce a proper tea. Very tasty and recommended, but also a great place to pick up lunch or a snack - friendly staff and atmosphere and brilliant freshly cooked food!


I drop in at Bubbleology in Soho whenever I'm in town, and thought I'd give Boba Jam a try, having noticed it when walking past the other day. The bubble tea was great (I had the Hong Kong pearl milk tea), with nice big, soft tapioca pearls. I actually preferred the pearls themselves to the ones at Bubbleology, though the drink size was smaller for the money. There also seemed to be less choice compared to Bubbleology. I must disagree with Jazz's review, however - at least when I visited, the girl who served me was helpful and very friendly, so no problems there for me.


the bubble tea is fun and pretty tasty. and i'm sure the taiwanese and chinese and south east asian staff are paid a pittance. but the service, like all of chinatown, is petulant and temperamental. annoying enough to make me wish starbucks will start serving bubble tea so you can get consistent bubble tea at a place where the customers matter.