Five of the best: alternative tea rooms

Tea, scones, cream and cake: British clichés right up there with endless weather chat and the stiff upper lip. That said, there’s not much better than a soothing cuppa. So if you like your tea trendy not chintzy have a slurp of these:

Time for Tea

Time for Tea © Sam Martin

Time for Tea, London
Sip a cup of the brown stuff as swing sways gently in the background at Johnny Vercoutre’s 1940s front room. Time for Tea is tea as it used to be.

Tea Cosy, Brighton
Deliriously camp Brighton tea room where you can scoff a ‘William and Harry Tea’ while sitting next to a drag Camilla Parker Bowles. But beware, the management at the Tea Cosy insists on no mobile phones, no dunking of biscuits and absolutely no elbows on the table.

Leaf Tea Bar, Liverpool
In an unlikely pairing, tea and turntables come together at this cool Liverpool tea room and bar. Stay into the evening as the Leaf Tea Bar transforms with DJs, live bands, films, art and more.

Tchai-Ovna, Glasgow
Glasgow’s ‘magic tea shop’ is a cross between an opium den and a hippy commune. Lounge on the terrace with a shisha pipe and a bowl of Oolong Wu-long before snacking on some homemade baba ganoush.

Eteaket, Edinburgh
With a mission to ‘make tea sexy again’ Eteaket serves 40 different loose-leaf teas. And they do it with some style in hip but comfortable surroundings. You’ll also find a great range of top-notch snacks including a classic cream tea.

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