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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2011
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2012
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
on 19 December 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2012
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.
Would have rated this higher had it been laid out / organised differently. Not easy to look by area for a tea shop. Indexed by North, south, East & West would be good. Hard to locate a nearby tea shop if you're out & about or near to home etc.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2011
This is a delicious little guidebook - the photography is eye catching and the smart design means it would make a great gift idea, especially in the run up to Christmas.
However, what really makes this worth the purchase is the detailed, thoughtful and well-researched entries on the various establishments. Author Zena Alkayat packs the book with interesting snippets of history, a bit of insider knowledge and neat first-hand observations on more than 70 venues (what a great research trip it must have been!), giving you a strong flavour for each before you visit.
You get a real sense that she hasn't simply relied on reputation alone - sure, there are some classic venues in here, but you'll also find the best local bakeries or tea specialists included too. I've already visited several establishments recommended here and agreed with the book's comments each time.
(Interestingly, the book also caters for vegans and food allergy sufferers, helping to recommend the places that will cater to very specific needs - more guidebooks would do well to follow suit.)
All in all, this is a great little book and one you will find yourself dipping into again and again.
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