The Tea House, Covent Garden
When I was wandering around through Covent Garden after my session at Another_Space, I spotted The Tea House — so glad I stumbled across it! Opened in 1982, this store is a quaint (and amazing smelling) little tea lover's paradise in the middle of a busy street.
Walking through the door you're instantly hit by the smell of all the different tea leaves, and rows upon rows of glass jars with all the varying teas on display. I couldn't help but walk around touching and sniffing everything.
They also sell a huge range of accessories, from teapots and matcha sets, all way to strainers and Chinese fans. I loved the traditional Japanese teapots in black cast iron, I'm thinking that's the next one to add to my collection…
After a (very long) browse, I decided to go with the Sencha Ginger and some flowering tea. I wanted to try a green leaf, and I'm obsessed with ginger both in my tea and my food — so this was the obvious choice. Packaged in a similar way to coffee, the leaves are super fresh and great value for money.
Consisting of green tea leaves, real ginger pieces and black peppercorns, it definitely passed the taste test. It tastes a little floral with the slight hint of ginger, and is a really soothing blend. I love to drink mine in the afternoon while I work, settled down at my desk.
I highly recommend this for any green tea lovers (or those new to the taste — it's nice and smooth with no bitterness) but next time I'll be going for something a little different and more adventurous… If anyone has any suggestions then please let me know!