Soho’s Secret Tea Room…

Let them eat cake…

I almost don’t want to tell you about this place. But I will, because I’m lovely like that…

Tea, cake and all-things-vintage -if this is a list which quickens one’s heart rate, this place is definitely for you.

Soho’s secret tea room is situated above a London pub and is accessed via a rickety pair of Anne Frank-style stairs, if you’ll pardon the reference. Pub staff usher you towards said stairwell, pulling back a fusty old curtain and I, for one, certainly felt as though I was ‘being allowed backstage’, somewhere where not everyone is allowed to go.

Arriving upstairs, I had to check I hadn’t landed in a random granny’s front room -but that’s exactly the feeling which the owners are looking to create. Old, crooked tables, mis-matched crockery, table cloths which look they they should be in my mum’s draw of rag-dusters… but it’s a beautiful amalgamation which more than works -all bound together with a bubbling atmosphere and the sound of a scratchy, vintage gramophone. Is it a tea room, is it a time machine? No need to decide -just enjoy this perfect tribute to war-time Britain.

My tip: Try as many of the oh-so-flavoursome hand-made, gorgeously-moist cakes as possible. Push the boat out! -Then let your belt out.

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