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Workmen being served at the Blackheath Tea Hut near Greenwich
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Help rebuild the 24-hour Tea Hut in Blackheath – it’s urn-ed it!

Chris Waywell
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Chris Waywell

Catastrophe (and a rogue Mercedes) has struck one of London’s most beloved 24-hour venues. On Tuesday night, a car careered off Shooter’s Hill Road and smashed into Blackheath Tea Hut, destroying it totally. Three people, including a member of the Tea Hut staff, were injured and taken to hospital.

Blackheath Tea Hut has been a south London institution for nearly a century, a rare survivor of the all-night tea and coffee stalls that used to serve shift workers and lorry drivers. Popular with locals and bikers, it has continued to slosh out cuppas for less than a quid plus bacon sarnies and burgers. It has also regularly featured in Time Out’s round-ups of 24-hour London – for years it was one of the few places you could get something to eat and drink at 4am, especially south of the river.

Now its future looks in jeopardy. Just Giving and GoFundMe pages have been set up to help rebuild it and support the member of staff who was injured in the crash. Let’s get the Tea Hut back on its feet! Milk and two sugars, please. And leave the bag in.

Find more great places for a cup of cha in our list of London’s best cafés

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