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Tea and Cake London [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Zena Alkayat
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Book Description

5 Sep 2011
Tea & Cake London is a comprehensive guide to the best places to enjoy tea and cake across the capital. Charming, knowledgeable and often surprising, this lovely book roots out more than 70 cafes, bakeries and tearooms worth discovering, and illustrates each venue with stunning photography. So whether you're looking for a traditional afternoon tea, a casual cafe in which to gossip over a brew, a bakery selling elite buttery treats, innocent vegan delights or an oddball tearoom with a twist, Tea & Cake London has the answer. Each entry highlights a special destination, and tempts you to indulge in a much-loved and very British pastime.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317484
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''offers a frighteningly fattening tour of the capital's tearooms, cafes and bakeries'' --Vogue

''It's hard to think of a book that could possibly appeal to Design Week more than Tea & Cake London.'' --Design Week

''This is a quite remarkably detailed account of a vast amount of tea, coffee and cake venues, many of which you would be extremely lucky to find without being guided to them.'' --Boughton's Coffee House

''Pick up this book and you'll be tempted to take visiting tea and cake shops as your new full-time hobby.'' --Cosmopolitan

About the Author

Zena Alkayat is a freelance journalist who lives and works in London. She writes about all aspects of the arts, culture and food for a range of national newspapers and magazines including Metro and Time Out.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but not very practical! 12 Feb 2012
This is a lovely little book! And there is nothing out there quite like it. There are some really nice places in the book, and I'm excited to go out and try them all!
But...I find it sooo not practical!
There is no map. The cafès are in no order of areas. There is only the address, and to me when I'm out and about that's not very helpful. I think this makes it very difficult to actually use. You basically have to choose where you wanna go while you are still at home.
Also it would have been nice to have opening times in the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little gem 29 Dec 2011
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So fed up with the tea one gets in the chains, this book is a god send, been to a couple of recommended places already & its been a joy. Only one place was a disappointment over in Blthye rd, W14.

The rest have been excellent. My most favoured place so far is Cafe Pekoe in Barnes, some of the best tea I have ever had, a place to linger and contemplate life and consider what we are all here for, this is what good tea and company is all about.

This book is a revelation, an indispensable guide, avoid the chains at all costs, with this book in hand go seek the comfort of a fine cup of tea with excellent company and I guarantee the world will regain its lustre and all your troubles will fade away.

God bless the author for compiling this guide for us all to enjoy, tea is life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yum! 3 Nov 2011
By MrsS
Have bought this as a gift for my sister, it looks wonderful. It's a handy size with glossy photos on each page, either of the interior of tea rooms or of the food you can eat there. Yum Yum Yum, book is good enough to eat! I don't live in London so cannot comment on the accuracy of the reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Little Guide 6 Oct 2011
This book was recommended to me and I was enthralled with the beautiful pictures and concise yet informative reviews. Well worth a buy if you like finding new coffee/ tea shops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to try it out 10 Mar 2012
By Hannah
Clear and concise. I got a lot more information from this book than I did on the internet!! Definitely recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yummy London guide 19 Dec 2011
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This is a lovely little book filled with yummy addresses for afternoon tea and bakeries. It is very up to date and despite knowing London quite well, I've discovered a few places.
Recommanded to all the foodies out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A one stop shop for all your tea and cake needs!! 22 July 2012
This little book has given me umpteen afternoon's of tea & cake happiness! Alkayats reviews are second to none and really help you to distinguish the true hot spots in London from all the faff on the web. A must for anyone who loves a sweet something xxxxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer pleasure 23 April 2012
I have had so much fun using this book and steadily working my way round them (my favourite being The London Review of books - their cake is amazing and the service is excellent too). As someone earlier pointed out, opening times would be really useful and perhaps some idea of the prices as well- particularly for the posh end of the market. It also covers a broad area of London. Tea and cake is such a civilised way to spend the time for the wearier ones of us, really
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My to do list for 2014
Bought one for a friend( who was also delighted with it) and for myself! Our ready made "to do" list for 2014!
Published 3 months ago by C. A. I. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrumptious!
I have, for a very long time, made a virtue of sampling afternoon tea (and less frequently, morning coffee) at a variety of establishments around great Britain but mostly within... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hawkeye
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to make the rounds
I liked how they reviewed each of the places listed. However, online reviews will probably get you the same list for free
Published 7 months ago by Chocoholic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift
I bought this as a gift for a friend and the recipient was very happy with it. Other that that I can't comment.
Published 11 months ago by Angela Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars none
appears to be up to the standard of the other books in the series, look foreward to reading it, good
Published 13 months ago by Mr. C. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book
Really good book and tells you everything you need to know about these venues in London. A book each area of the country would also be useful
Published 13 months ago by Nancy Clack
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful little book!
I bought this for a friend who has recently moved to London. She loves the book but was disappointed to find no map inside, however this is a small problem overcome with an A-Z! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lennylou
4.0 out of 5 stars Could do to be better organised
A nice book, bought for a afternoon tea enjoying friend who lives in London. Nice write ups about each entry & a nice variations if budgets and styles of tea shop. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Notts book lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a present
I have bought this for a friend who lives in London and enjoys afternoon tea! I have yet to give it to her but hopefully it will be a winner. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ShopperGirl
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