Situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Observatory, the Pavilion Tea House (run by Company of Cooks) has white picket fences surrounding lush greenery, making its grounds a safe haven for children to play, as well as a prime spot for taking in the magnificent City views from the outdoor tables. In winter, you may prefer to sit on the mezzanine level inside, which is bathed in natural light even on the most dreary of days.
Hot food is ordered at the counter, but delivered to your table; pizzas with crisp bases and peppy toppings (chorizo and caper, artichoke and mushroom) are great value at around £5. An unctuous salmon and dill fish cake was on the pricier side at £7.25. Decent sandwiches and baked potatoes are also available, though you may prefer to drop in simply for the Fairtrade tea and coffee, a glass of wine or a hefty slice of cake.