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Tea at Soho's Secret Tea Room
When strolling around the bustling streets of Soho the last thing you'd expect to find is an afternoon tea spot. However, the Secret Tearoom (now maybe not so secret) is bang in the middle of the West End, upstairs above the Coach and Horses pub. Unless you were looking for it, you'd never know it was there. Pretty exclusive. When you arrive, you head through the pub entrance and conspicuously ask the bar staff for the secret tearoom, at which they pick up the phone and make a hushed telephone call. Minutes later, you are ushered behind the bar much to nearby drinkers confusion, and clamber a rickety staircase to the tearooms.
Inspired by 1940s vintage style, the décor is simple yet homely, and staff greet you in vintage attire. The afternoon tea is freshly made and highly delicious and at only £14.50 per person you'll get great value for your money. It includes a choice from their list of 16 different loose leaf teas, an array of scones (plain, raisin, cherry), homemade slices of cake depending on what's been baked that day and cupcakes to accompany the finger sandwiches. With the 40s jazz and gramophone records playing in the background you'll be transported back in time and could easily forget you were in London's busy West End.
Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 6pm