Boba Jam

Restaurants , Chinese Chinatown
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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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Gaby K

It's the second time I went there with a friend because I love their desserts. The first time at first they brought the wrong order and we had to wait ages for the bill and kept pressing the call button, however I didn't mind as they seemed quite busy and even gave a tip despite my friend telling me not to. So today visited again with the same friend and we were ready to order but the staff would just ignore us. And there were barely a few customers. A guy sat down two tables across from us(by that time we already knew what we wanted to order), they gave him a menu and took his order almost immediately. And we were just being ignored. I got really annoyed this time and we just got up and left, and the girl in the doorway was looking all confused, but I was just really annoyed as we went to central London just to eat at this place but ended up buying some snacks from an Asian supermarket. Rubbish customer service, I won't ever be going back for sure.

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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.