No matter where we go in the world, tea is always on our mind. In our Des-tea-nations blog series we’ll be exploring tea experiences worth travelling for.

To kick off, we’re starting right here at home in the UK. Of course, being a nation of tea lovers there are so many amazing tea experiences. So Des-tea-nations UK comes as a 3 parter. Here’s part 1 with 7 unique tea experiences in London.

Teatulia Tea Bar

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A tea and cocktail bar with a library in the heart of Covent Garden. All Teatulia’s teas are single origin, grown on their own tea garden in northern Bangladesh. Catch one of their literary events and kick back with a tea cocktail.

Twinings Tea Shop

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The oldest teashop in London. At Twining’s iconic 300 year old store you can take a tea masterclass, sample teas at the tea bar, peruse the Twinings museum, and choose your favourites at the Pick & Mix wall.

Bubbleology

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If you’ve been wanting to try bubble tea, Bubbleology will not disappoint. Take your pick from Salted cream cheese crown, Fruit, Milk or a Cocktail – you may need some time to digest the menu.

Camellia’s Tea House

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With over 100 teas to choose from you’re spoilt for choice at Camellia’s. Feel free to open the jars, take a sniff and ask questions. Many of the teas are designed and hand blended by the founders, a homeopath and a master tea sommelier. 

Teanamu Chaya Teahouse

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For fine tea served in the Chinese gongfu tradition, head over to Teanamu. They also have a range of tea tastings and masterclasses for those looking to deepen their tea know how.

Cutty Sark

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Once the fastest clipper bringing tea from China to Britain, Cutty Sark is the last surviving ship of her kind. Climb aboard and delve into the fascinating adventures of this historic ship and her crew.

Marriage Frères

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France’s oldest teahouse and purveyor of luxury teas, Marriage Frères opened its first UK tea emporium this year in Covent Garden. It’s home to the world’s largest tea collection housed in an apothecary-style wall, a tea museum and most exciting of all – a tea infused menu!

We’d love to hear what your top tips are for unique tea experiences in London!

Coming up: 6 unique tea experiences around the UK

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