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Grab a brew at John Lewis’s pop-up tea conservatory

By Time Out contributors
When it comes to liquid refreshments, it’s gin, prosecco and the pink latte that get all the glory these days. If you’re keen on giving booze and the roasted stuff a break, now you can show some love for our old faithful: tea. Already on the crusade are the brew-loving bunch at John Lewis, who, for the next few weeks, have transformed the ground floor of their Peter Jones store in Sloane Square into a leafy tea conservatory. 

Having teamed up with classic crockery makers Wedgwood, who have just launched a new range of delectable Wonderlust teas, the conservatory is serving thirsty Londoners an array of exotic leaf blends. Inspired by the Grand Tours of Europe embarked on by the nineteenth century’s rich and noble, both the space and the menu have been curated by Wedgwood’s expert tea sommelier Bernadine Tay. While you sit among tropical plants and sprawling luscious foliage, you can sip on cups of green tea and blossom, zingy red fruits or basil, citrus peel and chrysanthemum flowers.

If you’ve got an appetite for more than just a cuppa, however, book in for one of the conservatory’s afternoon teas. Stacked on vibrant, covet-worthy crockery comes pulled ham hock and floral chutney sandwiches, smoked salmon and nasturtium (that’s a flower, btw) on pumpernickel bread, Earl Grey scones with strawberry petal jam, and clotted cream and lemon-infused shortbread. Liz Darke. 

John Lewis Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL. Noon-5pm daily. Until Fri Jun 16. Book here

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