Friend G and I have covered most of London’s afternoon tea spots between us. Finding a place that neither has been to can be a real mission sometimes. Then a colleague asked if we’ve tried Soho’s Secret Tea Room.
No, we haven’t…
Brilliant. Next thing it was booked and G and I found the secret location and went in.
I want to tell you I loved the place. But I didn’t. So I’m going to tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like. I think G would quite easily be in agreement here.
I didn’t like:
The sandwiches. They were just a bit m’eh.
Being charged for tea refills even if it was just 50p per refill. I’ve never seen this anywhere else before – it’s just water. Tea pots are meant be re-infused several times…
And being told that we had to leave immediately – even though we were still drinking our tea and still eating food that we’d paid £17.50 for. No notice given whatsoever.
I think if they’d just warned us that they needed the table in 10-15 minutes then we would have left relatively happy and this review would have been a lot friendlier. But there was no apology or explanation just “you have to go now, we need the table.” When I raised this they didn’t apologise, just said something random about the table beside us.
All in all, a disappointing experience at somewhere that has great potential. We both agreed that for the price, there are places around with much better quality food and exceptional service. However, if you are in the area, and you fancy somewhere a bit quirky with a quintessentially English experience, then by all means give it a go. The pub underneath is also brilliant and filled with a mix of locals and theatre going tourists.
Soho Secret Tea Room can be found deep in Theatre Land. I will leave you to find its location here.