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Four places in London for the totally tea-obsessed

By Gail Tolley

Can't get enough of a good cuppa? Head to one of these lovely spots to get your tea fix.

The pub

Stoke Newington Tea House 

Describing itself as ‘a British pub with some twists’, this newly opened drinking spot – formerly The Daniel Defoe – allows you to sip on the leafy stuff in the setting of a traditional boozer. More than 100 types of loose leaf tea are available, as well as a range of cocktails, beer and wine. 102 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0LA. Stoke Newington rail.

The café



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There are many minimalist cafés in east London but few that have shunned coffee in favour of London’s original caffeinated drink. Broadway Market’s Tiosk has more teas than you can shake a stirrer at, along with a sumptuous-looking selection of salads, stews and wholesome soups. 33 Broadway Market, E8 4PH. Cambridge Heath rail.

The bar

Jarr Kombucha


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In case you’re not au fait with this Californian health craze, kombucha is a bitter-tasting fermented tea drink packed with supposedly beneficial microbes. Hackney Wick’s Jarr Kombucha bar is dedicated to the ‘live’ stuff and even does a fine line in kombucha cocktails. So you can be healthy while being, er... unhealthy. Mick’s Garage, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN. Hackney Wick Overground.

The shop

Postcard Teas


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In the market for some posh tea? Head to this exquisite shop in an eighteenth- century building in Mayfair where they take char very seriously. For those who’d like to be more discerning about the nation’s favourite pick-me-up, there are Saturday morning tastings at 10am. 9 Dering St, W1S 1AG. Bond St.

Want something more substantial? Check out the best afternoon teas in London.

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