As promised, a post about my new favourite teashop, Yumchaa. There are three branches in London, two in Camden and one in Soho; the one I visited was on Parkway in Camden. I noticed it because of its amazing shopfront. The building was opened as a pet shop by Florence Palmer in 1921 and is now listed, so retains all the features and character of the old shop. It is really cosy inside, with sofas and little tables for two.
After scurrying longingly past on my lunch hour a few times, I finally made it in one evening for a quick sandwich and cup of tea before going to a gig. I had already asked for a cup of builders before shamefully noticing the HUGE selection of tea sitting on the counter.
Never mind, my tea was still delicious, I'll be more adventurous next time. And Natalie from Afternoon Tea Total (a tea afficionado who once tried to educate me on tea drinking whilst woefully watching me pour too much milk into my darjeeling) tells me their homemade toffee fruit cake is delicious, so return I must.
I think Natalie would approve of these rules. Maybe the art of tea will finally rub off on me.
[This branch of Yumchaa is at 35-37 Parkway. Find details of their other locations here.]